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Amigos Members Approve New Membership Structure and Fees Schedule

Dallas, TX – Members of Amigos Library Services resoundingly approved adoption of a new membership structure and fees schedule at the May 7, 2009, Amigos Member Business Meeting in Dallas. The new membership structure provides for a single membership category: Member of Amigos. The new fees schedule consists of 12 tiers each for academic and public libraries. Fees are determined by library type, size, and annual budget. The new member structure and fees schedules are effective July 1, 2009, the beginning of the new Amigos fiscal year.

“The overwhelmingly positive response of our members was most gratifying,” said Amigos Executive Director Bonnie Juergens. “This strong statement of member support revitalizes our commitment to expand the array of programs and services available to Amigos members.”

In the weeks preceding the May vote, Amigos conducted an extensive information campaign designed to communicate the value of Amigos membership. In April, Amigos Members received individualized Statements of Member Benefits, comprehensive reports outlining each member’s savings resulting from participation in Amigos programs.

About Amigos Library Services
For more than thirty years, Amigos Library Services, www.amigos.org, has helped its members obtain affordable services and share library resources and knowledge. With over 700 members, Amigos is the largest consortium of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the southwestern United States. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage their buying power; and preserve the region’s rich cultural heritage. This collaboration strengthens each member’s ability to serve and lead its community in the creative and effective use of information resources. ###

Media Contact:
Terri Maguire Mertz
Amigos Library Services, Inc.
14400 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3509
972-340-2855 (direct)
1-800-843-8482, ext. 2855
[email protected]