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SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation
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SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation

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Benefits of professional associations. Invited presentation to the Resume Review and Speakers workshop at Cal State-Fullerton 5 March 2011, sponsored by San Jose State U School of Library and Info …

Benefits of professional associations. Invited presentation to the Resume Review and Speakers workshop at Cal State-Fullerton 5 March 2011, sponsored by San Jose State U School of Library and Info Science's LISSTEN and ALASC groups.

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  • 1. Sara R. Tompson• Director (at large) 5 March, 2011Special LibrariesAssociation (SLA) For San Jose StateBoard and University SLIS:• Associate Dean forLibrary Public LISSTEN/ALASCService, University ofSouthern California Workshop Super ROI – Professional Associations Why those in, or soon to be in, the library and information professions should join!
  • 2. 2 Introductions You and your library interests? Me  Science/engineering librarian by trade  Have always been a joiner – work well in teams  SLA since 1990, various offices  Also ACRL, ALISE, ALA  Aviator (in a flying club!)
  • 3. 3Some Data on Joining from SLA Leadership Summit Susan Robertson, VP of ASAE – the association of association executives, shared some interesting data on why people join associations. http://www.asaecenter.org/Resources/ decisiontojoin.cfm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIoW7z- zv_s
  • 4. 4Some Data on Joining from SLA Leadership Summit #1 reason to join – to have an impact (on society, on profession, etc.)  #2 reason – personal benefits (from being engaged; unengaged members not reaping many/as many benefits)
  • 5. 5 Some of the Benefits of associations members reported to ASAE: Access to up-to-date info  Professional development programming; career information Networking with colleagues Leadership opportunities
  • 6. 6Decision to Volunteer ASAE study – a few results: #1 reason people do not volunteer – they don’t know about opportunities!  There does have to be some WIIFM ROI  I think benefits list partially fills   Alignment with personal values a key
  • 7. 7Some Data on Joining from SLA Leadership Summit  Susan Robertson: http://www.asaecenter.org/Profile/ CommunityCloseUp.cfm? ExternalID=507805  Slides (SLA members only): http://www.sla.org/Presentations/ 11leadsumm/012111_robertson.ppt
  • 8. 8Why did YOU Join ALA orSLA or LISSTEN?
  • 9. 9 Why I Join…..  “To Be of Use”!   Marge Piercy poem says it all   “I want to be with people who submerge in the task….who are not parlor generals and field deserters / but move in a common rhythm…”   Very relevant to service profession like librarianship  http://www.northnode.org/poem.htm
  • 10. 10 Some relevant links: (see also handouts!) Remember, student memberships are discounted! Look for links on Facebook, and for associations’ blogs, etc. http://www.sla.org/content/membership/joinsla/ index.cfm http://www.ala.org/ala/membership/index.cfm http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/ membership/index.cfm  http://www.aiip.org/JoinAIIP
  • 11. 11 Super ROI: QUESTIONS? Now or later, both fine saratifr@gmail.com or sarat@usc.edu www.facebook.com/ sara.tompson www.linkedin.com/in/ saratompson http://isd.usc.edu/~sarat/SRTCV.pdf

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