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ERIC Number: ED389339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Pennsylvania Library Association, Membership Survey, 1994.
Obringer, Dave
This report contains the results of a survey sent to 2,883 librarians throughout Pennsylvania, both members and nonmembers of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PLA). The nonmembers of PLA were members of the American Library Association (ALA), however. The total response rate was 21% (n=620). There were recurring themes in the responses from both groups: the PLA is too oriented toward public libraries and the dues are too high. The PLA members also reported dissatisfaction with the local chapters, a need for continuing professional education, Legislative Day could be improved, the annual conference is the "crown jewel" of the organization, a lack of activity in western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania library associations need to be united, appreciation for PLA's avoidance of special interest politics, and the PLA should work for higher member salaries. The survey accomplished three things: (1) the association better understands what the membership thinks; (2) there is a better definition of who makes up the membership; and (3) it defines a target market to expand membership base. Three appendices contain salary charts and membership charts, comments of PLA members, and comments of ALA-not-PLA respondents. (DGM/BEW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Library Association, Pittsburgh.
Identifiers: American Library Association; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Library Association