Message from the President, Dec. 18, 2008

Resolutions

· res·o·lu·tion (ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən): a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent
Another new year is almost upon us, which makes it time for resolutions! I always try to include a few resolutions which will make my life easier in some way. In recent years “easier” has usually meant “electronic.” I stopped writing checks in favor of online bill paying. I rarely write letters, replacing them with email correspondence. I stopped buying cookbooks, preferring to lookup recipes online. I stopped maintaining our book club book list document and started using goodreads.com to track our book selections and ratings. I started using LinkedIn and began phasing out my Outlook Contacts.
VALL is making some similar resolutions for the coming year. We’re looking for ways to make communication easier, more accessible and more effective among association members and for those interested in our activities. We will be making some much anticipated changes to the VALL website. We are talking about a wiki. We have started a blog. Many thanks to Evelyn Campbell for setting it up! You will find information about the board nominations process; a copy of the VALL Handbook, Constitution and Bylaws.; and terrific pictures from the annual meeting, It will be a fantastic resource for us. I encourage you to take a look at the blog and think about how it might be useful to you (http://valltalk.blogspot.com/). Please send your ideas to Evelyn Campbell so she can work with her committee to make the blog what you want it to be.
What professional resolutions do you have? How can VALL help you keep them? I encourage you to contribute your resolutions and to contribute ideas to support your colleagues’ resolutions. Send your resolutions to me or Evelyn and we’ll be sure they are posted for others to comment on!
It might be important to note as I encourage a number of e-initiatives, that I have written this article with a decidedly low-tech pen and pad. The hard drive on my laptop is failing. (Eek)! So as we work on resolutions for the new year, let’s not forget all the things we learned in years past. We still need all of that too!
Happy New Year!

Leanne

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