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SUNYLA Membership Enthusiasm & Outreach Working Group (MEOW):. Survey Results Revealed. A panel presentation by Kim Davies Hoffman, Rudy Leon, Stephan Macaluso & Nancy Williamson. Friday, June 13, 2008 SUNYLA Annual Conference. How it all began . . .

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Sunyla membership enthusiasm outreach working group meow

SUNYLAMembership Enthusiasm & Outreach Working Group(MEOW):

Survey Results Revealed

A panel presentation by Kim Davies Hoffman, Rudy Leon, Stephan Macaluso & Nancy Williamson

Friday, June 13, 2008SUNYLA Annual Conference


How it all began

How it all began . . .

  • Lack of candidates for SUNYLA Election 2007

  • Decrease in voting members due to unpaid membership dues

  • Not enough marketing for SUNYLA

  • Lack of participation in SUNYLA activities, overall

MEOW: Survey Results Revealed, SUNYLA


Proposal to sunyla executive council

Proposal to SUNYLA Executive Council

Investigate apathy

Develop proposals

Pass proposals to others

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What to investigate named concerns

What to investigate?Named concerns

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Member ideas for addressing the concerns

Member ideas for addressing the concerns

  • Member survey

  • Special programs for new members

  • Restructuring SUNYLA Council meetings

  • Develop a new website (web committee) for marketing purposes

  • Establish and incorporate a mission statement

  • Develop a new SUNYLA logo

  • Training programs given by directors & SUNYLA officers

  • Committee for concerns & future of SUNYLA

  • Incentives for SUNYLA officers

  • Career advancement initiatives

  • Publishing workshop/

  • group

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Formation of the ad hoc committee

Formation of the Ad hoc Committee

Comprehensive 4-Year CollegeKim Hoffman, Chair

Ken Fujiuchi

Dan Harms

Emily Hart

Rudy Leon

Stephan Macaluso

Tracy Paradis

Kate Pitcher

Community CollegeBill Drew

NickiLerczak

Marc Wildman

Nancy Williamson

OtherKadriNiider (Optometry)

Mark Smith (Alfred U)

Lori Widzinski (UB HSL)

Technical CollegeFran Apollo

Joe Petrick

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Meeting in person and via the wiki

Meeting in person and via the wiki

http://sunylameow.pbwiki.com

http://sunylameow.pbwiki.com


The survey

The Survey

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Survey demographics

Survey Demographics

MEOW: Survey Results Revealed, SUNYLA


Survey demographics1

Survey Demographics

Over 6 years at SUNY (presumably tenured) = 71%

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Survey demographics2

Survey Demographics

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Survey demographics3

Survey Demographics

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Survey demographics4

Survey Demographics

* 133 out of 187 responded being current SUNYLA members – 100% response rate

* 53 respondents stated not being a current SUNYLA member. 1 person did not answer.


Why not sunyla

Why Not SUNYLA? 

Q8: If you have never been a SUNYLA member, or have stopped renewing your membership, could you provide any specific reasons why SUNYLA has not appealed to you?

INDIFFERENCE: no compelling reason to join, perceived lack of value in membership, “not getting around to it.”

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: professional interests met sufficiently by other library organizations.

EXCLUSION: lack of an invitation or information;  not a librarian.

OTHER: retirement, travel issues, lack of institutional support, etc.

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What other organizations

What Other Organizations?

Other Organizations include: Specialized like LITA, NASIG, MLA (medical), MLA (music), and SLA; Local chapters of various specialized orgs; Localized like NYLA, NCLA (Nassau County), SCLA (Suffolk County), and 3 R’s

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Reasons why we participate

Reasons why we participate

From Survey = Q12

On average, a 73% response rate (n=137)

Top 5 reasons stated why SUNYLA members participate in SUNYLA


Reasons why some do not participate

Reasons why some do not participate

Q13: . . . if you do not participate, please tell us why (n=19)

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How do we participate

How do we participate

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How do we participate1

How do we participate

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How do we participate sunyla executive council

How do we participateSUNYLA Executive Council

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Sunyla annual conference

SUNYLA Annual Conference

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Sunyla annual conference1

SUNYLA Annual Conference

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Sunyla membership enthusiasm outreach working group meow

N=104

Q17: Of those who responded to “Do you plan to attend SUNYLA 2008” with No (35) or Unsure (69), when did they last attend a SUNYLA conference?


Sunyla membership enthusiasm outreach working group meow

104 responses,

73 comments

Question 17: Do you plan to attend 2008 Conference? Why or Why Not?


Sunyla membership enthusiasm outreach working group meow

N=50, 31 comments

Question 17, of those who reported No or unsure but attended SUNYLA within 2 years


Other conferences

Other conferences?

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Open ended questions

Open Ended Questions

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Asking sunyla for ideas

Asking SUNYLA for ideas

Survey asked the following open questions:

  • Additional comments you would like to share regarding SUNYLA's activities?

    21)What are one or two things that SUNYLA could change that might increase your participation in the organization?

    22)Are there specific SUNY library-related issues that you would like to see SUNYLA address that you don't think are currently being addressed by the organization?      

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What did the respondents say

What did the respondents say?

  • Fairly low response rate

    • Comments re: SUNYLA activities n=35

    • Changes? N=65

    • Specific issues to take on? N=41

  • Contradictory responses

  • Revealed a lack of clarity about mission, power, role of SUNYLA

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Additional comments regarding sunyla s activities

Additional comments regarding SUNYLA’s activities?

  • It’s all great!

  • UUP/Advocacy really important!

  • UUP/Advocacy irrelevant, stop it!

  • Need to address cliquishness

  • Need to do more outreach and advertising

  • Not enough time to engage

  • State is too big/SUNY is too big

  • Annual conference is great!

  • Annual conference needs to be better

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Suny library related issues sunyla isn t addressing but should

SUNY library-related issues SUNYLA isn’t addressing but should?

  • Open up! Too cliquish, too closed, too hard to break into

  • Mentoring of new members

  • More subcommittees/interest groups

  • Defeat space & time – webinars, regional meetings

  • More, and more frequent, events

  • Staffing and workload issues

  • Improve the quality of the conference

  • The conference is great

  • Help move SUNY Libraries into the future

  • More topics/more practical topics of conference and committees

  • Make it cheaper

  • Improve standing of SUNYLA in eyes of library admin

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Data that still needs to be analyzed

Data that still needs to be analyzed

Info by sector and membership/participation:

* Caveat: the data points may be so small as to be statistically irrelevant

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What else do we still need to know

What else do we still need to know?

Member involvement by longevity

Why members have left SUNYLA

Data specifically from non-members answering survey

How to reach the large number that didn’t answer the survey

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Themes

Themes

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More themes

More themes

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Sunyla membership enthusiasm outreach working group meow

Main Themes

Wouldn’t it be nice if SUNYLA . . . ?

Please use http://SUNYLA08.pbwiki.com to add recommendations brainstormed within the individual groups

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For more information contact

For more information, contact . . .

Kim Davies Hoffman

SUNY Geneseo

[email protected]

(585) 245-5046

Stephan Macaluso

SUNY New Paltz

[email protected]

(845) 257-2699

sunylameow.pbwiki.com

Rudy Leon

SUNY Potsdam

[email protected]

(315) 267-3309

Nancy Williamson

Nassau Community College

[email protected]

(516) 572-7406

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