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Sherry Machones's picture

GLBTRT Membership Promotion Chair Report - ALA Midwinter 2013

In the time since the ALA Meeting in Anaheim, there has been very little official work for our committee. The call for nominations for the upcoming election was sent out. Hopefully we have a good turn out of candidates.

In going forward, our committee will need to focus on the following:

  • ALA Annual: We have to perpare for our booth at Annual, OLOS Diversity & Outreach Fair, and The Association Options Fair.
  • Promotion: We will need to continually reevaluate our print and web offerings to entice new members and keep our current members.
  • Election: Have conversations with the GLBTRT Board about Board members reaching out to recruit for the elections. Some on the Membership Committee are not as well connected and unfamiliar with the recruitment process.

I welcome suggestions or additions to this report.  I am presenting in Seattle and would love to have any discussions about the GLBTRT, and I am looking forward to seeing people at the social.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sherry Machones

Barbara Pickell's picture

I sincerely apologize for not being more on top of this, but Annual is coming quickly and we have some activities we need to manage.  First, we are in charge of a buddy program that matches potential, new or returning member with more involved members.  http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/involved/buddy Do we have anyone who might be interested in taking on this project?  Several volunteers would  be helpful. 

We may also have space at the GLBT pavilion in the exhibit hall.  We'd like to promote membership, GLBT Book month and a new toolkit we'll have out.  Can you organize the committee and solicit more volunteers to help man an information station in 30 minute shifts to pass out information.  Is there anyone who would like to take on the coordination of this project?  Anyone who would be willing to give a half hour?  I am going to put something on the general membership list to see if we can get additional volunteers. 

Membership for the Round Table is expected to increase, particularly with the conference at San Francisco.  This is an excellent opportunity we want to take advantage of.  Please let me know if you will be in San Francisco, and particularly if you are willing to help. 

And again I apologize for being so late with this appeal.