Tuesday, April 11, 2006

ALA Blogger Round Table

OK...so I was going to (and still will) post about the ALA Executive Board meeting this past weekend. But after getting food poisoning -- which kind of ruined Saturday night and most of Sunday -- I need some recovery time.

Last night I spoke to a Library School class at Southern Connecticut State University about both being a public library director and about ALA.

This morning I got thinking. ALA has a goal of being inclusive and offering a home to all in the profession. To create a Round Table in ALA takes "more than 100 members of the Association..." (Bylaws, Article VII)

Is there interest in starting a Bloggers Round Table? I am happy to help work to get the ALA part of the process started.

[For me, this is a little bit of a test to see what reach my blog has.]

25 comments:

  1. I'd be interested in joining.

    Deb Bloom
    Addison Public Library
    Addison, IL

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  2. Sounds good to me... Hopefully a low cost RT, I pay enough to ALA as it is. Blog people indeed... :-)

    Dan http://www.librarymonk.com

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  3. It sounds like a good idea, but what would it give us, exactly? A voice in ALA? Conference presentations? Visibility? What would the dues go toward? Just curious.

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  4. I'd be interested in joining. Especially if the dues go towards expensive drinks at posh bars.

    Chris
    Libraryola
    http://www.zammarelli.com/chris/libraryola/

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  5. Well, I suppose it might have the result of irking the people who already dislike bloggers even more. But sure, if the price was right, I'd join.

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  6. sure, if it's cheap like SRRT I'm in.

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  7. I would be interested and second what Chris said about the dues!!

    Dan
    http://www.danielmarcou.com

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  8. Count me in! Perhaps we can have an unofficial meeting (ie over dinner) at ALA in NOLA this June to figure out the details.

    JanieH http://librarygarden.blogspot.com

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  9. Sounds like a great idea.

    Have we seen Michael Stephens here yet?

    (between blogs right now)

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  10. I like the idea.

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  11. I would be interested in joining as well.

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  12. Sounds like a nice idea in theory, but like Samantha, I have to ask what exactly I would be getting out of such a round table. If it is just another thing to pay dues for (and I already pay quite a bit for divisions and rt's as is), I can meet with bloggers (likeminded or otherwise) in many other ways. Other than to be edgy, I am not sure I see the purpose for this. On the other hand, I am sure finding 100 people with an interest would not be a problem. For now, count me as a sceptic.

    Best, and keep on blogging.

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  13. Maybe being edgy would be a great reason to do this. It could be a voice in transforming the organization. Maybe.

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  14. I would be interested in joining. Blogs are the main way I keep in contact with the rest of the library world.

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  15. I'm in, particuarly if we go with Chris'/Libraryola's suggestion....

    LInda
    www.lipsticklibrarian.com

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  16. I'm in....and heartily in favor of Chris' idea.

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  17. Sign me up! Like others have said, I would hope dues are low.

    -Chad
    www.HiddenPeanuts.com

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  18. I would join, as long as it met virtually.

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  19. I'd be interested... but it'd have to be framed in a way so that it didn't become obsolete in 5 or 10 years.

    And yes, agreed... it'd have to be cheap. Is free possible? I get IRRT for free since I'm International.

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  20. How cool! I'm in. I hope you reach your goal of 100.

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  21. I would find this interesting, but like others have said would want to know more.

    Grace
    Harris County Public Library
    Houston, TX

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  22. Yeah, I'd do it...if I count. My blog is a work product, not open to the world outside our firewall. If that's sufficient, then count me in!

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  23. While I find the idea intriguing, I'm really more skeptical about this. Blogs, in my own opinion, are a tool; a communication/networking tool. If we create a Round Table for blogging, would we also be open to a Round Table for wikis? or Flickr?

    I'd rather see what the real purpose is. I suspect it's about more than just blogs. Perhaps online communication? marketing? networking? social networks?

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  24. Sarah Houghton here. I would be interested if (as others have said) it would be low cost and would actually have some benefit for joining. I have seen many roundtables in state and national organizations exist for the sake of existing, but really do no service for their membership or the public.

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