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Information Professionals' Career Confidential by Ulla de Stricker

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Why should we serve? The value of (volunteering in) professional associations

Abstract

The reasons why contributing to professional associations pays off in terms of career growth and access to powerful networks. Why attending conferences is a wise and worthwhile investment in one’s career, and why serving in official roles provides strong benefits in terms of recognition and visibility.

Keywords

Professional associations

Volunteering

Conferences

Conference planning

Meetings

Networking.

In this chapter, we discuss the role of professional associations in our careers. Information professionals well into their work lives may have had personal experience to convince them of the value inherent in at least belonging to, but ideally serving ...

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