ALA gave me a peer group because I couldn’t sit down and talk to staff about staff problems. It also provided an education I couldn’t get from a book.

Imagine doing this job without voice mail, e-mail or Internet. Yes, my friend, that was 1986. Voice mail was rare and e-mail and Internet were basically non-existent. Windows were glass panes that you looked out of…..not a computer operating system! I couldn’t have done it without ALA.

This is the most amazing group of professionals who are so good at sharing their knowledge. There is a sense that we’re all here for the betterment of our profession and not competitors . There is a great sense of mentoring and excellent support for those who are new to the industry.