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An Open Letter to ACRL Members

For ACRL members the time has come to approve a dues increase for the division. Since 1975 when the divisions became financially independent, ACRL has carried out a full program of activities on a $15-per-member fee. An initial surplus, which provided a large carry-over from year to year, has made that possible. In 1981 inflation virtually exhausted those annual cash reserves.

Another factor that has affected our income is that our membership has remained stable. Although we have not experienced a decline in membership, neither have we seen much growth in the numbers of people joining ACRL. The resulting stalemate means that in order to continue the present level of activities an additional fee per member is essential.

Look at the facts and figures presented below and you will understand why the Board of Directors of ACRL is asking you to take the following actions:

1. Approve the fee increase of $10 per member that will be found on your July mail ballot.

2. Bring in at least one new member to ACRL.

The Board of ACRL, in turn, has already:

Approved an increase in the subscription price of College & Research Libraries from $15 to $25 beginning with the September 1981 issue (included in ACRL membership dues).

Approved an increase in the subscription price of C&RL News from $5 to $10 beginning with the September 1981 issue (included in ACRL membership dues).

Approved an increase in advertising rates in College & Research Libraries and in CbRL News, and an increase in classified rates in CbRL News.

Approved increases in the prices of the Fast Job Listing Service, the JOBLINE, and various ACRL publications.

Begun shortand long-range planning aimed at further diversifying income sources.

The time has come for each of us to come to the financial aid of our professional association to support the work we know must be done at a national level.

The vote on this dues increase is a referendum. An affirmative vote is a vote for maintaining the services ACRL currently provides. A negative vote is a vote for retrenchment—a sharp reduction in support of membership activities and services. If you believe as I do that the issues and opportunities which academic librarians face in the future require a strong role for ACRL, you will join me in voting for a dues increase. I urge you to do so.—Millicent D. Abell, President, ACRL.

Questions and Answers onACRL Financial Matters

• How many members are there and how has ACRL grown?While ACRL programs have grown and membership participation has increased, total membership has not grown (except for an increase at the time of the Roston conference) and appears to have reached a plateau (Table 1).


ACRL Membership, 1976-1981
1976 8,473
1977 8,609
1978 8,600
1979 8,904
1980 8,915
1981 8,991

• Why are my dues being spent on new services which 1 don’t want?Most of the new services are self-supporting and even contribute money to the ACRL general fund. It is the component of ACRL costs which provides basic membership service that now costs more. Because of inflation over the past seven years and the need to find other revenue sources, membership dues now contribute a smaller percentage of revenues than in the past. Other sources of income have been needed to supplement the income from membership dues. These other sources include publications, JOBLINE, Fast Job Listing Service, gifts, national conference, and continuing education activities (see Table 2).

• What is the pattern of ACRL expenditures?Below is a table which shows ACRL revenues and expenditures over the last six years. ACRL has sometimes had a surplus but as membership demands have grown, this surplus has been used to cover the deficit and in the 18 months ahead expenses will so far exceed revenues that the surplus will be entirely expended (see Table 3).

• What happened to the surplus from the Boston conference?The total surplus from the Boston conference was $63,000. Of this, $40,000 was for uncharged staff time. This $40,000 has been used as seed money for the staff time for the Minneapolis conference. The remaining $23,000 has been available for ACRL activities. It is not planned to use these conferences as significant money-making enterprises since to do so would raise the registration fees to attendees and defeat ACRL’s purpose for having conferences.


Sources ofACRL Income80/81
75/76 76/77 77/78 78/79 79/80
Membership $91,980 $100,652 $114,447 $127,308 $125,093 $121,445
C&RL 49,894 53,804 70,676 80,685 87,760 88,814
C&RL News 22,974 25,034 25,236 25,051 34,218 37,448
Other 20,041 25,191 3,914 8,102 78,985 92,174
Total 184,889 204,681 214,273 241,146 326,056 339,881

• Why doesn’t ACRL seek other sources of income?ACRL is actively exploring other sources of income. Already some success has been achieved (see Table 2) but more needs to be done. A dues increase will stabilize our finances and give us time to actively explore alternative sources of revenue.

Despite inflation ACRL has not raised its dues of living increase over the past five years, and an operating reserve. The first is a budget without a dues increase, but it does include revenue increases attributable to changes in advertising rates in C&RL and C&RL News, classified advertising rates, subscription prices, and ACRL products and services (JOBLINE, Fast Job Listing Service, publications, etc.). The second includes a dues increase of $10 per member.

• What happens if the dues increase fails?In the short run, that is for the year 1981/82, the direct support to committees, chapters, and secfor seven years, although ALA did so in 1980. ACRL can no longer avoid this and still furnish the basic member services.


Income and Expense Pattern
75/76 76/77 77/78 78/79 79/80 80/81 81/82
Surplus carried
forward $5,103 $41,619 $78,420 $110,913 $135,623 $71,000
Income 184,889 204,681 214,273 241,146 326,056 339,881 430,000
Expense 180,676 188,489 193,522 230,401 301,346 404,430 501,000
Closing income
transfers 890 20,324 16,050 21,748
Balance 5,103 41,619 78,420 110,913 135,623 71,074 0

• What is the present state of the budget?Two budgets have been drawn up (see Table 4). Both include reserves for the first time: a salary reserve for staff which has not had a significant cost tions will have to be cancelled. The Continuing Education and the Bibliographic Instruction programs will have to be terminated or curtailed. These are the only non-revenue producing services which can be readily singled out of the budget.

In the longer run, the ACRL office could be restructured in a more truncated form and further savings realized by reducing staff; but this would result in a sharp reduction in membership services.—Richard Talbot, ACRL Budget and Finance Committee Chair.


1981/82 Budget with and without Dues Increase
Budget 1 No Dues increase Budget 2 Dues Increase
Income $430,000 $488,000
Expense 454,000 480,000
Balance (24,000) 8,000
Surplus carried forward 71,000 71,000
Salary reserve (20,000) 20,000
Operating reserve (27,000) 30,000
Final surplus 0 29,000


Enrollment is still open in ACRL’s five Continuing Education courses, offered this month in conjunction with the ALA annual meeting in San Francisco. The CE courses, ranging from one to three days in length, cover the following areas of interest:

CE 1—The Librarian as Consultant offers a comprehensive view of the major aspects of consultation and provides participants with the knowledge and skills to interact effectively with clients. Such skills can be valuable to specialists, managers, organization leaders, and program directors whether they are external or internal consultants. The instructor is Jim Ekendahl of Consulting Concepts, Inc., Seattle. The course will be held Thursday-Friday, June 25-26, 9:00 a.m.-5 00 p.m.

CE 2—Planning and Procuring a Library Turnkey System will work through the process whereby an academic library manager can assess the potentials for, determine needs, and design a process for procuring a turnkey automated library system. Each participant will be contacted in advance of the course by the instructors, Rob McGee and Howard Dillon of RMG Consultants, Inc., Chicago, for information pertaining to their institution and its needs. The course will be held Thursday-Friday, June 25-26, from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

CE 3—Effective Supervisory Skills introduces techniques for effective supervision, such as evaluating progress, determining and scheduling completion dates, and maintaining an interim report system. Discussion topics include understanding the people supervised, responsibilities of the supervisor, and techniques of supervision. The instructor for the course is Herbert S. White, dean and professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University. It will run Friday, June 26, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

CE 4—Career Planning for the Academic Librarian will review factors that influence career development, explore alternative methods of career planning, apply techniques to help determine career goals and objectives, review methods for putting career plans into effect, and discuss obstacles to implementing career plans. Participants should be academic librarians with two or more years of library experience. Course instructor Keith Russell is a program associate with the Council on Library Resources, Washington, DC. The course will be held Friday, June 26, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

CE 5—Basic Archives Management for Librarians, co-sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, will inform librarians about basic archival functions. Enrollment is open to librarians with little or no formal archival education. Course instructors are David Horn, university archivist, DePauw University, and Megan Floyd Desnoyers, Kennedy Library, National Archives, Boston. The course will be held Wednesday-Friday, June 24-26, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Advance registration is required and attendance will be strictly limited. Four of the five CE courses will be held at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco; CE 5 will be held at the Sheraton-Palace. For further registration information, contact: C. Brigid Welch, ACRL/ALA, 50 E. Huron St,, Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 944-6780.



Course ACRL Member Non-member
CE 1 Librarian as Consultant (2 days) $160 $180
CE 2 Planning and Procuring a Turnkey Library System (2 days) 145 165
CE 3 Effective Supervisory Skills (1 day) 75 95
CE 4 Career Planning for the Academic Librarian (1 day) 75 95
CE 5 Basic Archives Management for Libraries (3 days) 195 220
PC 1 Views and Approaches to Bibliographic Instruction (includes housing and meals) (21/2 days) 115 140
PC 2 The Impact of the New Technology on LRC Programs (2 days) 95 115
PC 3 The Collection Builders: Booksellers, Book Collectors, Librarians (31/2 days) 140 180
*Late registration fee 15 15


*Fee for registration after May 15 (applies to PC 1-3 only).

CONFIRMATION: Written confirmations will be made.

CANCELLATIONS: Written notice of cancellations received by June 1 will be honored subject to a $20 cancellation charge. No refunds for cancellations received after June 1.

Mail this form and your check to: Association of College and Research Libraries

50 E. Huron St.

Chicago, IL 60611



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