The history and future of CLA according to me

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					          Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, vol. 5, no. 1 (2010)

The history and future of CLA according to me
Jennifer Richard
First off I'd like to send kudos to all the bloggers out there! I don't know how you do it.
Twice a year when I sit down to write these editorial comments I marvel at how some
can produce so much so quickly and often so thoughtfully. For me, I need the instant
gratification of conversation to inspire and move forward with my ideas. I guess that's
the E in my ENFJ personality, though some might say I could use a little more quiet
reflection. As a volunteer editor of this journal, the work to get it published quietly nags
at me all the time, with pangs of panic when I receive a message from a colleague or a
request from a potential author. It's been an incredibly busy year for me, however that
can't be an excuse. I'll apologize anyway, especially to those who I've taken way too
long to get back to, and re-affirm my commitment to this journal; when I finally sit down
and spend time working on the project, I still absolutely love it -- it's kind of like going to
the gym, you dread and avoid it, but when you finally get around to going, you realize
it's great and it's good for you.
Sometimes the panic comes while I'm reading status messages on facebook. I spend
way too much time on facebook, but apparently it's not a complete waste because I
seem to glean some inspiration from it, or I should say from them, meaning my friends.
Pam Ryan, Su Cleyle, and Julie McKenna are the inspiring friends for this idea, but they
are in no way responsible for what I am going to write. This history is according to me,
and is based on my own personal experiences with CLA. The ideas about the future
are not necessarily mine, in fact they are an amalgamation of ideas from many
conversations during Partnership meetings and various library conferences over the last
few years.

The History Part or Confessions of a Lapsed Member
My participation in the Canadian Library Association started off very early on in my
professional career, as a volunteer on the Local Arrangements Committee for the
annual conference in 1995. The 1996 conference was held in Halifax and I found
myself in the unenviable position of fundraising coordinator with no experience, but lots
of enthusiasm. Overall I recall this experience as being very positive. I met some
wonderful colleagues and mentors such as Dr. Norman Horrocks, while serving on this
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