Something I’ve been thinking a lot about since joining the board has been what benefit one receives from joining a professional organization. I’ve joined several; AAM, NAME, ICOM, ASTC, MW, and now MCN. I remember joining a couple out of a sense of obligation to the field, but most I joined to get the discount on conference registration fees. I monitor a few listservs, follow their blogs, etc… and that’s about it. And I wonder what else could organizations like MCN and others be doing to provide value to the field beyond hosting a yearly conference?
So my question to you is, “What value do you get from your professional memberships, and what do you wish you could get that you currently don’t?”