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  1. “One other person mentioned (which I didn’t know) that you have to join the ALA in order to join organizations like LITA (which is something I have considered joining) – which seems like a money making scheme to me.”

    That was me–and I would disagree. LITA is a division of ALA. It is not a separate entity. The financial relationship between divisions and the associations is tricky (particularly because, technically, there is only one financial entity: ALA).

    I don’t know of any professional association that lets you join a roundtable or division or subgroup without also being part of the whole.

    As it happens, I do believe ALA offers good opportunities to socialize and network–that’s why, although I’m pondering the LITA situation, I’m still a member and go to both annual get-togethers. They’re big, and can overwhelm people, but they certainly offer hundreds/thousands of opportunities to network and socialize.


  2. You know what else they offer? A TON of scholarships which is why I was considering joining in the first place :)

    Maybe if your ALA membership included membership to up to 2 additional divisions – or something to that effect – hmmm. But you’re right I am overwhelmed!


  3. “One other person mentioned (which I didn’t know) that you have to join the ALA in order to join organizations like LITA (which is something I have considered joining) – which seems like a money making scheme to me.”

    That was me–and I would disagree. LITA is a division of ALA. It is not a separate entity. The financial relationship between divisions and the associations is tricky (particularly because, technically, there is only one financial entity: ALA).

    I don’t know of any professional association that lets you join a roundtable or division or subgroup without also being part of the whole.

    As it happens, I do believe ALA offers good opportunities to socialize and network–that’s why, although I’m pondering the LITA situation, I’m still a member and go to both annual get-togethers. They’re big, and can overwhelm people, but they certainly offer hundreds/thousands of opportunities to network and socialize.


  4. You know what else they offer? A TON of scholarships which is why I was considering joining in the first place :)

    Maybe if your ALA membership included membership to up to 2 additional divisions – or something to that effect – hmmm. But you’re right I am overwhelmed!


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