Question #2: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?
David Stern, candidate for Treasurer
I joined SLA in 1982, when BRS and Dialog were the cool search tools, email was not ubiquitous, and there was no Internet. The telephone and Annual Conferences were how we networked. Round Tables were where we shared stories and best practices.
As a beginning science librarian there was only one place to meet the experts and learn the tools and techniques I would need to survive and to eventually develop into a better professional. SLA was where I was introduced to the best and brightest, and where I was adopted and given the opportunities to grow and help others over the years. Along the way I met many fascinating people, attended superb learning sessions, and saw many wonderful places.
Today I still learn a great deal, collaborate with wonderful librarians and industry partners, and solve problems through "meeting" people in physical and virtual settings. SLA remains my lifeline and my most cherished professional network.
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