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 - http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/ama-senior-management.page? ALA Staff List - http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=stafflists AIA Staff List - http://www.aia-aerospace.org/about/leadership_governance/aia_staff/ MLA Staff List - http://www.mlanet.org/about/contact_mla.html 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. Sally Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS Research Librarian & Informationist Lamar Soutter Library UMass Medical School (508) 856-1966 Blog: Librarians Wear Many Hats ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6160-2011 -----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... Michelle -----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 =================================== Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail Cleveland Clinic is ranked as one of the top hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report (2013). Visit us online at http://www.clevelandclinic.org for a complete listing of our services, staff and locations. Confidentiality Note: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and destroy the material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy. Thank you.