Code of conduct pledge and cosigner list

Although I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, informally, I would like to more publicly/formally talk about my participation in the Code of Conduct Pledge (#CoCPledge) movement—and hopefully add value to the movement with a sortable list of co-signers. (I’m not using this post to make all the arguments about why codes of conduct are important, but I’ve written about it before, and I will again.) Now, I’m no John Scalzi, and I know there aren’t any events/organizations that would miss me so much that they will drop everything to develop one of these statements (and the buy-in and policy … Continue reading

Refocusing

I wrote down all of my projects (that I could remember) and color-coded them

I’ve had occasion, lately, to think about how I spend my time and energy. Between the health stuff, MPOW’s looming “prioritization” efforts** and immediate budget cuts, a feeling of being totally underwater on too many projects, the worry that I’m not developing as a professional, and the general bone-tiredness that comes from living through winter in Alaska, I’ve realized I need to reevaluate and refocus. In reevaluating, I’ve (re)learned some things: 1) There’s more room than you realize. I had managed to wind myself up into a pretty deep funk around my work and service commitments, because they left so … Continue reading

#alamw14 in glimpses

A photo from Council Orientation

I don’t yet have the space, mentally, to process ALA Midwinter and summarize it properly. But here are some moments and some impressions: When I finished my schedule back in Anchorage, I realized how much of my schedule was eaten by Council (three and a half actual Council meetings, two Council Forum meetings, the Orientation, the Executive Board/Membership meeting, the Executive Board Candidates Forum), and I despaired. That was a low point, in part because I had just found out that my workplace is seriously considering taking away travel funding (which is, even now, only awarded on a competitive basis … Continue reading

Being Good Backup at #alamw14

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The concern has been raised that people might misunderstand the point of the BACKUP ribbons, or misuse them. And I suspect that it’s not immediately obvious to everyone 1) what you’re committing to and 2) what you’re empowered/allowed to do, if you choose to wear one. I thought perhaps writing up my interpretation of these issues might help. (Disclaimer: I am not ALA; I have not run this by them; ALA does not endorse or supply BACKUP ribbons; this is my and Lisa Rabey’s project, not an official thing. I’m not even sure my interpretation and Lisa’s are the same.) … Continue reading

#alamw14

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I think my schedule’s finalized. I’m glad I looked at Daniel’s (the Alaska Councilor’s) schedule, though: I had missed one of the required meetings (ALA-APA Council). Speaking of: wow, does Council take up a lot of conference, especially if you need to attend Orientation and you want to try to be a good Councilor and go to the Forums. I have 37 unread email threads in my Council folder, right now. I’m planning on going through them Wednesday afternoon while I wait my turn at the DMV. If you have more energy than I do today, here’s the Council list … Continue reading

Professional association memberships – miscellany

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If you’re just joining in, here are parts one, two, three, and four. A number of other comments came up, which I think merit repeating, but which I wouldn’t say were themes, per se: There are people who join professional associations for help getting jobs – networking, getting better known in the field. Some people really do value the continuing education that our associations provide. Daniel Cornwall wrote, “I want ALA to find ways to change their revenue streams so that they can offer free or really low cost ($25 or $50 per course) training to members. Or maybe offer … Continue reading

Professional association memberships – the greater good

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If you’re just joining in, here’s the intro, plus parts two and three. “It’s easier than ever to create engaged groups of people without a significant financial or time expenditure.” – Jacob Munford   The theme I’m calling “the greater good” was more of a driver than I had expected, honestly. Combining “lobbyists” and “advocacy” explains a surprising number of people’s willingness to pay dues. Similarly often, people cited a desire to support the profession / a sense of duty / a belief in the association’s mission / wishing to participate in the field. (My hypothesis had been that this … Continue reading

Professional association memberships – engagement

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If you’re just joining in, here’s an intro and the previous theme. “I prefer to pay dues for organizations that I’m actively participating in (presenting or attending conferences, committee work). If a year goes by and I haven’t done anything with the organization, I drop the membership.” – Karen Keys   A number of current and recent students replied to the association membership question, and a clear theme emerged: if we (AkLA, ALA, whoever) want to keep them, we need to get them engaged right away. As people’s cheap student/intro rates disappear, they take stock and often drop the organizations … Continue reading

Professional association memberships – financial concerns

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Part one of this series is here. “I appreciate the bigger ethic of these organizations promoting my profession, but they also don’t help pay my rent so I have to take it with a grain of salt.” – Kim Baker   Perhaps it’s appropriate that the issue rising to the top is finances—the same issue that originally got me to ask these questions, albeit from the association, rather than individual, side. So many people said professional organization memberships cost too much, and of those who added more commentary, several stated that they don’t see a direct return on that investment … Continue reading

Why we pay dues (or don’t) – membership in professional organizations

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I asked a question (and shared my answer) here, back in September: why do (or don’t) you pay dues to professional organizations? I got answers about a wide variety of associations, but my particular interests were the American Library Association and state library associations. I got more comments than I usually do, but still not a very large number. They brought up some great points, though, and wanting to get more input, I asked again on Twitter (twice — thanks to Natalie Binder for letting me use #libchat for this discussion!). Here’s a Storify story, showing what Twitter had to … Continue reading