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Tips for Leading a Successful Interest Group
1. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Although Interest Groups are not required to have officers, we suggest that you identify enthusiastic and talented colleagues to help you lead your group. For example, if you have a group member who is experienced in public relations, that person might be responsible for publicizing the group’s work. Someone with experience in planning programs might take the lead on planning conference or Spring Fling programs.
2. When new members join your group, send them a welcome message telling them about the group and outlining how they can participate and get the most out of being a member.
3. If your group is active and visible, more people will be attracted to it and your members will be more likely to stay energized and enthusiastic. See the Activity Toolkit on the Interest Group leaders page for more information. Some ideas for activities include:
- Develop conference programs, and events for the Spring Fling series and at other times of the year.
- Promote your group and its activities to the wider CLA membership using tools such as CALIX, Facebook, and Twitter, and to the wider library community using your other professional listservs.
- Talk about your group at professional meetings and events such as workshops and conferences
- Take photos and get testimonials at your events and use them to raise awareness of your group.
- Produce a newsletter.
- Make the best use of your web space -- we are happy to add new content to your pages at any time!
- Keep your listserv active: encourage new members to post to the list and, if you notice the list has become quiet, consider posting a topic of discussion or news item of interest to engage people.
4. Convene your group at least once a year at conference so that group members can meet in person. Be sure to ask group members to suggest agenda items. Some suggestions for regular agenda items include:
- a review of the group’s past year’s achievements;
- items to accomplish in the coming year;
- suggestions for programs and activities, particularly Spring Fling programs;
- recruiting new officers and leadership transition planning; and
- introduction of new officers (if your group has chosen to appoint officers).