Last night, we received an inquiry from AALL. Would we accept “vendor” members? We learned that AALL would require us to so, because, under its non-discrimination policy, “every group is open to every member.”
On short notice, we can identify just one non-discrimination policy, though we would welcome correction of any oversight. This policy concerns requirements for institutions to use AALL’s placement services. Its bearing on “vendor” membership remains unclear to us.
At 4:15 pm EST today, AALL’s Executive Board will consider a recommendation to adopt a proposed Antitrust Compliance Policy. The antitrust policy would require AALL entities to include every qualified participant, “especially if there is a business advantage in being a member.” The Policy would appear to apply to all AALL members, including associate members who work for commercial information services. We have informed AALL that our group includes several such members, and that we welcome all AALL members to join us.