It was with mixed feelings that I attended my last VALA committee meeting tonight.
As is the case with most non-profit and/or professional organisations, being on a committee is a volunteer role. Committee membership requires a commitment of time, a love of reading paperwork, and a duty of care. Benefits however outweigh any overly long after-work meetings. By serving on the committee I’ve:
- increased my knowledge in the area of library and technology,
- met wonderful colleagues who are passionate about libraries,
- learned what is needed to put together a successful major conference,
- and hopefully contributed to decisions that advanced the organisation’s aims.
Every committee has its own dynamics, and I’ve been fortunate that the committee I have been a member of has been both functional and enjoyable.