Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Associations

Here is a new association (to me) for our profession, The Association of Part-Time Librarians.
The following are the ideas which sparked our enthusiasm in forming the Association of Part-Time Librarians. The organization members will strive to:
  • Provide a support group to share our work experiences, seeking similarities and differences without limitations as to type of library where experience is gained.
  • Identify and prioritize our common concerns and provide an open forum for these concerns.
  • Provide speakers to address these issues for the members.
  • Establish a communications network with our full-time colleagues which emphasizes that our intellectual commitment to professionalism in librarianship still exists and grows stronger.
  • Investigate other existing library and professional organizations which currently share our concerns and might address our needs.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on library workshops and conferences for both national and local associations; obtain member information.
  • Promote the development of a statewide network of librarians interested in part-time librarianship.
We must begin a campaign to heighten the awareness of our full-time colleagues of our abilities, our needs and our expectations as librarians.

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