by Shelley Macon, former Head Editor, INALJ Florida
A Year at INALJ
A year ago I was scrolling through facebook and noticed a shout out for volunteers to be state editors of INALJ. And truthfully, I noticed it, but I just kept right on scrolling and didn’t give it another thought. Then I went on with my life. But then it happened again. And yet again. And I thought, maybe I should check it out. So I emailed Naomi and I soon found myself installed as the first Head Editor of Florida. That is how my time at INALJ began.
The past year has, at times, run the gamut from frustrating (mostly with technical issues) to amazing and fulfilling, not to mention eye opening. As with any new and expanding venture, there have been growing pains but these have been more than tempered by amazing successes.
I have also learned a lot this year. I have learned that information professionals are a creative, hardworking, and extraordinary group and I am fortunate to count myself among them. I have learned that volunteering is not for the mildly interested or for those with commitment or perseverance issues. I have learned that volunteering should also be a labor of love. So find something that you think is worthwhile and volunteer. It can and will open up personal and professional doors. But if you have the time, the passion, and the drive INALJ is a place you can thrive, make a difference, and make your mark.
And as this year comes to a close I want to thank all my lovely fellow volunteers that make INALJ work – all the editors, managers, volunteers, coordinators, and most especially our fearless founder and leader, Naomi House, for having the tireless energy and drive to making this the huge success it has become. Congratulations one and all.
Here is looking forward to an even more wonderful year ahead!