Question 5: How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America? Moy McIntosh, Candidate for Director

I think many of us don’t know how other chapters work let alone the international chapters. Do they meet monthly, weekly, yearly, do they focus on the educational or bring their members together socially? There is an air of mystery. One of the things I’ve learned from attending conference and putting together the May Madness virtual pub quiz is that so many chapters run as such unique creatures versus the notion that all are a version of the same thing. I was astounded when I attended my first Leadership Summit to find the varieties of challenges and solutions within all the other chapters. For example at Leadership Summit in Atlanta someone mentioned a LinkedIn event they’d had that was successful, our Membership Committee repeated it and a success indeed. We should learn from each other and not reinvent the wheel in every division, chapter or committee.

I would love to learn more about how our international chapters work and how they interact with other chapters. I think it would be great to have a series of articles on the website that highlight all of the chapters. The articles could focus on the day-to-day plus the challenges and solutions faced. We could learn by seeing what has worked for them and this could help other group with problems they face. These articles could put a spotlight on our differences and similarities and peel away the mystery of those outside the community we know.

I have spoken with someone from an international chapter about starting a “pen pal” system for members from all chapters. We could join members together who have similar jobs, whether it be academic, scientific or corporate; we could join members who perhaps have similar positions in SLA like treasurers or presidents for example, we could join together  members who are both new to the association, or maybe a member in Kansas has always wanted to know more about India and wants to meet another like-minded soul. I think it would be great to start communication on the  one-on-one level for members. We keep saying we want to change the association to adapt to the future. We are no longer straddled with the technology of yesterday and the postage stamp. Let’s take advantage of the technology to make all our members feel closer to each other.

Moy McIntosh, candidate for Director

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