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A Rewarding and Educational Experience

Magazine article Information Outlook

A Rewarding and Educational Experience

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Like many other association officers, I am beginning to realize that my term is coming to an end--it has been three busy and fulfilling years.

During my term, I have learned that running an association is a lot different than running my library. I have learned the value and importance of a good board of directors. And I have enhanced my abilities as a speaker, a negotiator, and a team player.

It has been a pleasure serving the membership as an association officer. I have met and worked with a lot of great people. We did not always see eye-to-eye on everything. But, in all cases we had the good of the association in mind and discourse leads to solutions that are better for the organization.

The responsibilities of the association treasurer are different from those of a unit treasurer. I do not have to prepare and send out checks, balance the books, or make sure the balance sheet is correct. My job is to be the financial conscience of the board and to monitor and oversee association income and expenditures.

Because of my position, I serve on the Association Office Operations and Strategic Planning committees and as chair of the Finance Committee. I also consult with the association staff about old and new programs and services and their impact on the budget.

During my term as treasurer, I helped prepare the association's annual budget, monitored SLA's long-term investments, and maintained oversight of the long-range financial plan (which is updated annually). …

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