It was late 2002 when then President Diane Berry welcomed me to the SMART board and I have been hanging around ever since, serving in different capacities. Through SMART I was afforded many opportunities to learn new skills and met a few people that I could call upon with questions about my everyday work. Most importantly I made lifelong friends. What does SMART mean to you? Is it an organization that provides you with valuable workshops and conference programs that enrich your work and further your professional development? It is a place to connect with colleagues from around the state? Whatever SMART means to you, I hope you will take the opportunity to make the most of your membership and help shape the organization. Get involved! Volunteer to serve on the board, tell us what kinds of conference programs and workshops you want to see, or volunteer at the conference booth for an hour and meet fellow SMARTies. There will be many opportunities at this year’s annual conference in Niagara Falls and I guarantee you will have fun. SMARTies always do.
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Speaking of Niagara Falls, SMART President Elect and this year’s conference programmer Marcy Strong and her assistant programmers Sarah Maximiek and Zahra Baird have been working hard this year to bring you programs such as Websites on a Budget, Developing Records Management Policies, and Procedures, and Emerging Technology Trends for Librarians. I also hope you will join us for the SMART membership meeting as come unwind and mingle at our section reception (stay tuned for details). See you in Niagara Falls!
Patti C. McCall, M.A. M.L.S.