Christina's LIS Rant

I got back from the SLA conference last June to the whole lab in a crisis. It passed and in e-mail, I got a notice that my SLA renewal was over due. Which is funny because I routed all the paperwork at the same time as my conference registration paperwork (we have an office that processes all of our society memberships). So then I dug, and dug, and dug, and dug… and didn’t find that I still had a print/signed copy of my registration renewal form. I found it saved on my hard drive and printed it out and put it on the pile… closed the library down… moved offices… thought about it…

So, heh, embarrassingly, I can’t renew now and vote in the name election. I could renew now anyway, but I think I’ll wait and see what the outcome is. If the new name passes, I’m not going to renew. If it fails to pass, I’ll renew.

I just hate paperwork!

If you can vote, and haven’t yet, you might want to read David Shumaker’s comments. I think they’re right on. I’m EXTREMELY tired of this conversation and will be so happy when it’s over. That is, if the new name doesn’t pass.

If it does, well, I’ll have to see which divisions will let me stay on their listservs anyway.


  1. #1 John Dupuis
    November 17, 2009

    But what if the new name passes by one vote?!

  2. #2 Alison
    November 18, 2009

    I understand your feeling. I just got my renewal notice and am waiting to find out if I can renew with SLA or should drop some new ASKP thing.

  3. #3 Joe
    December 10, 2009

    It failed. Miserably. Deservedly (ok, my bias is showing here). Just got this on the IT division list:

    “The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced the results of its association-wide vote on a new name today. Voting in record numbers, SLA members failed to approve a proposal to change the organization’s name to the Association for Strategic Knowledge Professionals. 50 percent of those members eligible to vote participated in the referendum, with 2071 voting yes and 3225 voting no.”

    See the full press release here:

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