Thank you, ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA, for starting this conversation. Every year I get my renewal for ALA, I struggle in deciding which Division(s) to choose for membership. I can only afford one, so I typically choose ALCTS. But I have very strong interests in LITA and LLAMA.
I keep coming to back to the "ALA - Organizational Effectiveness Discussion - MW18 final.pdf" document, and a statement made within "Finding Statement #9" which talks about how our diversity is our strength. However, new members (and continuing members, too) can easily get lost in the plethora of choices.
I think the key might be building on that strength of diversity.
In any university, the strongest departments, I believe, are those where there is cross-disciplinary collaboration.
Not sure how this could play out, but one idea I had was maybe we can find a few "themes" where LITA, ALCTS, and LLAMA can start collaborating and see what happens.
Thank you for letting us know of your interest in all three divisions, ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA, and of your difficulty with having to select just one for membership. Other members have expressed the same interest and difficulty. That is one of reasons we want to explore how we can better serve members by focusing on providing comprehensive support for careers that are evolving and changing over time.
I hope you’ll continue to think about possible “themes” and how we can build on our strength of diversity through collaboration and realignment. Let us know of other ideas and suggestions you have as we move forward with our discussions and watch for more information to be posted on this Connect site in the future.
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