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.]


  1. I'd be interested in joining.

    Deb Bloom
    Addison Public Library
    Addison, IL

  2. Anonymous1:52 PM

    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

  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.

  4. Anonymous3:15 PM

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


  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.

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

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


  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

  9. Sounds like a great idea.

    Have we seen Michael Stephens here yet?

    (between blogs right now)

  10. I like the idea.

  11. I would be interested in joining as well.

  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.

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

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

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


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

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


  18. Anonymous2:52 PM

    I would join, as long as it met virtually.

  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.

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

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

    Harris County Public Library
    Houston, TX

  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!

  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?

  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.