LTAIG Section Status Update
What would section status mean for LTAIG? I asked Tamarack Hockin, LTAIG Convenor, for the scoop - here's what she said:
"If the LTAS [Library Technicians' and Assistants' Section] petition passes the vote at the BCLA AGM in May, the most concrete benefit to technicians and assistants in B.C. will be a designated representative on the BCLA Board.
Our current state as an “interest group” is not only a misnomer, but according to the terms of BCLA’s constitution precludes representation on the board. This doesn’t mean that there are no technicians or assistants holding positions on the board, but it does mean that there is currently no one to speak on behalf of the collective interests of technicians and assistants.
The vast majority of LTAIG members – and, I suspect, all BCLA members – are interested in professional development and networking opportunities as part of the benefits inherent to professional association. LTAS will work with the BCLA Board to ensure that these benefits of membership are relevant to technicians and assistants and the unique work that we do.
I also want to emphasize that the creation of LTAS will benefit BCLA as a whole. Technicians and assistants have a wealth of experience and abilities to bring to the association. This is evidenced in projects like the soon-to-be-launched BCLA Mentorship Program, contributions to The BCLA Browser, and our wonderful LibTech Soup blog. Through the creation of LTAS we will be growing and strengthening the association, and we will be redefining it as a more inclusive place for technicians and assistants."
You can also follow LTAIG on Twitter, and be sure to check out LibTech Soup, the group's blog, which is a great resource for anyone interested in library issues.
Good luck, LTAIG - I hope the LTAS vote succeeds!