I have received my membership pack in the post last Saturday: welcome letter, receipt of membership fees, two issues of CILIPUpdate with gazette. No Welcome Brochure, even though it was mentioned in the letter. I emailed the Membership Team immediately and they were quick in sending me a pdf version.
I had already activated my online membership and signed up to e-bulletins etc. when I got my membership email (prior to the pack in post – that’s a nice touch, and gives you the opportunity to use CILIP’s resources as soon as you join, rather than waiting for the postal service). I think it would be good to send out the welcome brochure as a pdf in the same (first) email, rather than making it part of the postal pack.
I am lucky because I had already made some connections with CILIP folk on twitter and at Library Camp 2011 but I don’t think I know many people from my local area who are CILIP members (or who are open about it, I guess).
I think for a new joiner going to a branch meeting is daunting. It would be nice to have a buddy, someone to help you take those first baby steps. This could be something you can opt in once your membership pack arrives in the post. With social media it should be easy enough to coordinate, no?
Having looked at the CILIP website and seeing how different groups use the site (some well, others not at all) I wish it was more standardised, to make it easier to see what’s on offer. At least I found a list of social networking accounts, even though not all of them seem to still be active.
Please CILIP, help new joiners to make the most of their membership by making it personal!