Benefits of Amigos Membership
In addition to valuable programs and services such as discounts from leading vendors, continuing education opportunities, and professional consulting, Amigos members also have access to a variety of no-charge benefits that include:
- Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award
The Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Program supports library innovation, development, and research through a competitive application process that provides up to $10,000 annually to Amigos member libraries and their staffs.
- Ask Amigos, the Librarians Reference Desk
This valuable service, exclusively for Amigos members and free of charge, consists of brief consultations by phone and e-mail with our professional staff on all aspects of library operations for all types of libraries.
- Deposit Accounts
Use them to help consolidate your billings and simplify your accounting by paying for any Amigos service or product—training, databases, consulting, and more.
- Disaster Recovery Assistance
Amigos provides information, referrals to local resources, and on-site assistance to help you recover from any emergency situation, and can help you develop recovery plans for future emergencies.
- Discount Direct
Discount Direct provides members with the opportunity to order library supplies and other items directly from vendors at a negotiated discount.
- Know & Go Information Sessions
Know & Go updates are an informative series of Monday afternoon one-hour web sessions covering topics of current interest, designed for group or individual participation.
- Member Job Bank
Amigos will post job openings for member libraries free of charge. Openings are listed for 30 days or until the position is filled, or longer upon request.
- Online Conferences (free to members)
FY2014 (4 planned for FY2015)
February 20: "Is RDA on Your RaDAr?"
April 3: "I Have What in My Library? Non Traditional Collections"
May 14-15: Amigos Member Conference
- RDA Toolkit Subscription - first user is free
Amigos will cover the cost an RDA Toolkit subscription with one simultaneous user for all Amigos members, with additional simultaneous users available at 15% off ALA's list price.
- Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements
The Amigos Resource Sharing Agreement and the Amigos Western Resource Sharing Agreement saves time and money for Amigos members and other agreement signers, who consent to loan and make copies (up to 50 pages) at no charge to each other.