Just about everyone coming back from the business meeting commented on the dire shape of the association’s financials. First, times are tough everywhere and association memberships are down across the board. Librarians are being furloughed so there’s no extra money there to pay for expenses if their organizations can’t.
Second, there’s an elephant in the room that no one is mentioning in regards to membership renewals and meeting attendance: some of us haven’t gotten over the name change vote and how disaffected we feel as a result of the entire mess. This isn’t the reason I didn’t go. I did renew my membership. I did so only because of the Physics-Astronomy-Math division and the Chemistry division. It’s clear that the association leadership and I really have nothing in common.