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.
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 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!)
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
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 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
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
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
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 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 Super ROI: QUESTIONS? Now or later, both fine firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com www.facebook.com/ sara.tompson www.linkedin.com/in/ saratompson http://isd.usc.edu/~sarat/SRTCV.pdf