What do they do and how do they do it? Excellent questions. Michelle's mention of several groups made me search for a little info for comparison:

AMA Senior Management Staff List -

ALA Staff List -

AIA Staff List -

MLA Staff List -

Note how the last one on the list has no dedicated staff in the areas of advocacy. MLA's staff is also pretty small in comparison to the other groups. Unless we pair up with a larger organization for this kind of work, the majority of it falls to the membership. We have to advocate for ourselves rather than look to someone else to do the bulk of it for us.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kraft, Michelle
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 11:42 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Library Closing

I would like to throw something out there....
What do other associations do?  What does AMA do for its docs when a hospital closes. What does the Aerospace Industries Association of America do when the government cuts NASA money?
How about the American Foundry Society as the steel industry has declined?

Societies and associations are in tricky area, advocating for a group of people in a government environment where legislation can be subject to special interest groups. NIH is a part of the government and it has been hit by cuts; cuts that support the research that will lead to better patient care.  

Just wondering out loud...

-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Susan Bloomfield
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 10:47 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Library Closing

Considering the number of PRIVATE  emails I've just gotten this morning regarding my post, not a whole lot of people know what, if anything, our professional organizations really, really do when a library gets that sour scent of possible closure.  And I confess, I don't know either.  

I am not talking about somebody emailing a "Whoa, your library is closing, what should you do?" toolbox of helpful links.  I mean action.
Like it matters.  Like "count the fall of every sparrow."

Do they swoop in their supreme-level library advocates to meet and work with the affected librarian(s) to hammer the powers that be with overwhelming evidence of why their decision is short-sighted?  

Do they send a condolence card?

Susan A. Bloomfield, MLS, AHIP
Health Sciences Librarian
Southern Maine Health Care


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