ArLiSNAP Section Petition

Dear ArLiSNAPers,

For over seven years, Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) has provided students, new professionals, and even seasoned ARLIS/NA members a forum and a platform to discuss challenges and to promote opportunities for our next generation.

As you know, ArLiSNAP enriches the Society by providing valuable programming and support to annual conference sessions and services.  ArLiSNAP is or has been involved in New Voices in the Profession, Backpack to Briefcase,  Hot Topics for Librarians in the Arts, Trends in Technologies and Services in Libraries, Engaging New Technologies, Web 2.0 Kiosk, What-to-Expect webinars, and resume workshops.  ArLiSNAP provides levity and comradeship with our annual Pub Stop, now in its seventh year.  And a number of current and former members have taken on important leadership roles within the Society.

Now we need your help.  ArLiSNAP is formally petitioning to change its classification from an ARLIS/NA Special Interest Group (SIG) to a Section. By doing so, ArLiSNAP will become more integral within the Society and be able to provide an even greater level of service.

ArLiSNAP members will formally collect at least 30, hand-written petition signatures at this year’s annual conference.  However, informally, we’d like to invite you to easily show your support right now at

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/arlisnapsection/

Thank you for your continued support of ArLiSNAP.  Without it, we would not be able to provide ARLIS/NA’s next generation with the community, innovation, and empowerment necessary to be successful professionals and Society advocates.

Sincerely,

Bryan Loar and Rosemary Davis

ArLiSNAP Coordinators

One comment:

  1. Special interest groups (SIGs) are designed to provide members with a more informal way to organize around common interests. Their benefit is their ability to focus on issues without having the burden of annual business meetings, annual reports, and maintaining a minimum number of members.[1] However, SIGs do not necessarily have strong Board relationships, are less likely to receive funding, and may not have a strong influence within the Society.

    Sections, on the other hand, have the the ability to apply for specific funding that is annually allocated by the Executive Board.[2] Section-Board relationships are deeper due to the inclusion within certain events like the annual Leadership Breakfast, a “forum for orientation of incoming Division and Section Moderators.”[1] And because sections are to maintain 30 or more members, their influence within the Society can be greater.[3]

    [1] ARLIS/NA POLICY NO.: E-2. SUBJECT: DIVISIONS, SECTIONS & SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS–REPORTING/
    RECORDKEEPING/ARCHIVES (PDF)

    [2] Article XII: Divisions, Sections, & Special Interest Groups. B. Sections. Section 7.

    [3] Article XII: Divisions, Sections, & Special Interest Groups. B. Sections. Section 9.

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