There’s been growing discussion on the boards the last couple of weeks about participation in our national organizations. For the majority of us, this seems to be a sore topic full of frustration. I particularly liked Emily Ford’s discussion of it, self-identifying somewhere around Level 2 (trying to be involved but generally feeling stifled).
I did finally re-up for another year of ALA, after much pondering, many consultations, and not a few rounds of ranting how this was resume filler that didn’t seem to be doing much good to/for anyone. I appealed to NMRT, Madame Director, the RefQueen, and a ridiculous number of non-librarians (who don’t particularly care) on their opinion of if I should rejoin. It meant I reconnected with one of my libschool cohorts but didn’t provide much in the way of clarity.
Ultimately, I decided to give Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) a try. It’s a division of ALA, such that to join what I was interested in, I had to join the overhead. With optimism of how welcoming they are, and the knowledge that I had a few friends in there already, I sent away the hard earned funds and the committee form. I signed up on the LITA list….
Thus far….that’s been it. No one has emailed regarding committees and while the list has had a couple of interesting conversations, I’ve not really seen anything I felt inclined to dive into. This is rather dissatisfying as I was looking to actually get involved in doing something more than read lists.
Granted, I actually can identify projects LITA has taken on (e.g BIGWIG) and I know a number of the names and faces around LITA. But when I’ve brought the topic up on other library related networking places it’s been met without much response. And that’s kind of frustrating. I’m not sure if everyone is just focused elsewhere or if it’s based on my inability to go to both conferences.
So tonight I fling myself at the list again, hoping to spark something. Not sure what yet, but something….
And yes, in the interim, there is the LSW.