Why SLA?

Deb Hunt- Candidate, President-Elect
Question #2  When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?

I joined SLA back in 1986, when I realized that there were many things I needed to learn to stay ahead of the curve in our profession. I also wanted to share with others by giving back, not expecting to receive anything, but I have. As the pace of technology and competition in the workplace has increased, I’ve needed the ongoing professional development (PD) opportunities provided by SLA via chapter and division PD offerings, ClickU, unit wikis and websites, and the annual conference as well as the Leadership Summit. I’ve also grown as I’ve presented at SLA events, written for SLA publications and participated on SLA committees at the chapter and division levels and on the SLA Board of Directors. But, that growth has not been the only benefit.

The continuing evolution of divisions and chapters has offered me an instant cohort of colleagues who share my challenges and strengthen my expertise. In return, I can give this same support to them. SLA is one of my tribes. As my independent information business as evolved and I continue to move into new areas of consulting and expertise, I have found colleagues who share my passion for what we do and those with whom I can commiserate and celebrate.

Last night, I attended the annual joint meeting of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Region chapters and I marveled at how many colleagues are now also my friends. I also enjoyed making new contacts. During dinner, I sat with a first semester library school student with whom I was able to share many of the benefits of SLA membership and my enthusiasm as a member. And I think we just scratched the surface. We’ll be connecting again soon as he navigates the waters of our profession and SLA. 


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One response to “Why SLA?”

  1. Well said, Deb. Agree about what comes back to us from SLA, even when we are “not expecting to receive anything.” Says much about our association – and about you. Good luck!

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