SLA is an international organisation. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America? Tony Landolt, Candiate for Director
This is all about globalizing our partnerships and using the appropriate resources. We need to work together with other associations and international members. If you were to just glance at the List of Library Associations on Wikipedia, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_library_associations ) you can see that our organization is only one of the many listed on that page. From this list, we can connect and pursue partnerships with other associations and begin to build a global organization.For example, if the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has a member who is an expert on international copyright, we could develop a joint webinar with IFLA. We can also have both onsite and global online panel discussions at our annual conferences to learn from experts in a variety of industries. We can share resources that will grow our association into a world wide entity that would not only help recruit members, but give us world wide visibility. How about creating an action list to determine worldwide solutions to all the questions that all information professionals are facing? Some actions items would involve collaboration, innovation, marketing of our businesses, and transformation of technology. Being involved overcomes distance. We can all make a difference together no matter where we work or reside.
When it comes to our resources like our website, the Vision, Mission and Core Value Statements along with About SLA should be available in multiple languages. We could use our international members to help with the translations and begin to use their talents and abilities to help us all grow. This can be just the first step towards globalization that can lead to bigger and better things.