|Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship||Summer 1999|
A new brochure will be designed and printed. The Committee discussed ways of recruiting more members to the section. Currently fourth largest in ACRL, STS had 1,926 members as of February 1999, with 144 new members and 118 drops. Thirty-five people responded to a brief survey of reasons for dropping STS: 6: New ALA "2-sections with paid division dues" rule. 11: My duties have changed. 2: My interests have changed. 15: Other (various reasons, e.g., retired, financial problems, forgot to renew). 1: Blank.
The survey yielded no data to assist the Committee in retaining STS members. The Committee concluded that organizational membership is down across sections, but we cannot do much for retention of this group. While 14 out of 17 ACRL sections show negative membership figures, STS has a small increase (less than 1%). The Committee will work on achieving a higher figure.
Letters will be sent to potential members (those attending STS functions and signing in as "not a member"). Sending letters to renewing members was seen as unnecessary at this time.
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