ASIST is working out a
complete response to the needs of local IA groups who may desire some
national affiliation. As a temporary solution, we propose the following
as way to minimize what you don't want and maximize what you do.
We're looking at this as a trial arrangement to see how it meets our
mutual needs before beginnning the process of creating any governance
structure, changing bylaws, etc. I'd be happy to receive reactions,
thoughts, suggestions, objections and comments. ASIST's immediate desire
is to encourage and cooperate with local IA groups.
Where possible and mutually acceptable, we'd like to invite local IA
groups to work with existing ASIST chapters. Where there is no ASIST
chapter or where working with an existing ASIST chapter isn't desired
for whatever reason, we'd like to call local IA groups affiliating with
ASIST "Forums." We're using "Forum" so that we don't cause
a conflict with chapters we already have.
Two possibile names already discussed in this context are "DC-IA Forum"
and "ASIST DC SIGIA Forum." We ask is that there be two ASIST members
involved, one as chair and one as "liaison." We certainly encourage
all "Forum" members to be ASIST members, but we're not requiring that.
We would like to receive reports on your Forum's activities. Presumably,
we can get the announcements from the SIGIA-L Listserver, but we'd like
to know how things worked. This isn't just for monitoring and remaining
aware; we are also looking at putting up a resources page of best practices
and more, including , speaker resources, for example. This may help
other local IA groups form and work. (E-mail may be sent to Dick
Starting a new
A mailing list
has also now been created to help people share information on starting
and managing local IA groups.
And please let us know so
we can list you here eventually.