Dear TLA Members,
Congratulations to TLA on a terrific year!
The SIBMAS TLA Conference in New York City was a great success. We had more than 100 delegates in attendance and a week of dynamic presentations and discussion. We launched our new website in July and have received wonderful feedback on its design, layout and our commitment to bring you news of our activities and the profession on a more timely schedule. Congratulations to Stephen Kuehler for his work on publishing PAR 30, Holding Up the Mirror: Authenticity and Adaptation in Shakespeare Today: Symposium Proceedings.
We sponsored an engaging October event which celebrated the return of the Book Awards honoring outstanding works on performance and recorded performance. The evening also featured a panel discussion on Women in Film.
In order to sustain these wonderful activities, the TLA Executive Board voted to increase our dues this coming year. This is the first increase in membership rates in more than 15 years. In these past 15 years, TLA has incurred new and increased expenses. New expenses include the website design. We are videotaping our October events in order for all of our members to enjoy our programming. Routine expenses have experienced a significant increase including the cost of publishing our PAR volumes and the subsequent cost of mailing the volumes to our members. In order to bring back the Book Awards, the Book Awards Committee implemented a new procedure to accommodate the terrific work of our jurors and to ensure that they receive books in a timely manner. This has resulted in higher costs to the association.
Effective with the next renewal — our new membership rates are:
Personal Members $50
Institutional Members $75
TLA @ 75 $75
TLA Sustaining Membership $150
Your support is deeply appreciated. It is your support and membership that enables us to continue the vital work of this association.
President, Theatre Library Association