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 Science's LISSTEN and ALASC groups.

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SJSU at CSFUL Tompson Presentation

  1. 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. 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. 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. decisiontojoin.cfm zv_s
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. 7Some Data on Joining from SLA Leadership Summit  Susan Robertson: CommunityCloseUp.cfm? ExternalID=507805  Slides (SLA members only): 11leadsumm/012111_robertson.ppt
  8. 8. 8Why did YOU Join ALA orSLA or LISSTEN?
  9. 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 
  10. 10. 10 Some relevant links: (see also handouts!) Remember, student memberships are discounted! Look for links on Facebook, and for associations’ blogs, etc. index.cfm membership/index.cfm
  11. 11. 11 Super ROI: QUESTIONS? Now or later, both fine or sara.tompson saratompson
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