Involvement in professional associations is a way to get the interactions you need for a flourishing librarian career. Moreover, it’s a way to demonstrate commitment to and serve the ideals of libraries and librarianship. Sometimes you don’t get these at your place of employment. You’re lucky if you do. But if you don’t, ALA’s many divisions and roundtables await. Come join us!
A few months ago, my California Library Association dues lapsed. When I went to renew, I saw the price and thought again about whether or not I’d renew. I had just renewed my ALA membership and added 3 divisions – PLA, ALSC, and LLAMA, and had also just renewed my ethnic caucus membership to APALA. Let me tell you, the price tag, especially for a bottom of the ladder librarian, was not small. Ultimately, I made the decision to not renew CLA. Why did I decide that? Mostly because I didn’t see the benefit to me. I didn’t know what I got out of my membership that was valuable enough to add to my ALA membership. I wasn’t active in CLA and hadn’t planned on becoming active since I already felt pretty busy with ALA and APALA activities. And I was at peace with it.
Until I was sitting at…
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