Why does SLA need to restructure its dues? If theres a need for more money, can the Board of Directors simply reduce expenses first?
In the past decade, SLA has evolved its range of member benefits, programs and services significantly. Anyone who has been a member for that length of time will agree that we are not receiving the same mix of benefits and services today that we received back then. In 1995, the Association published Special Libraries, a quarterly academic journal; we now publish Information Outlook, which still publishes academic writing from members, but gives us much more. In 1995, SLA’s online presence was very limited. Today, www.sla.org offers a range of member-only resources, and each and every SLA division boasts its own hub for unit information and activities. Since 1995, our membership directory has evolved from a static, print publication into a dynamic, always updated, searchable online resource. Our staff — which once stood near 40 total — is now slimmed down to 28. Our educational offerings have moved from almost exclusively live events requiring travel to mostly online (live and recorded