My DAM Guru colleague, Carol Thomas-Knipes, has recently let me know about the imminent closure of three Information Professionals meetup groups in Alberta, Space Coast and Palm Beaches due to the lack of an organizer. They are as follows:
- Information Professionals of Alberta Meetup
- Information Professionals of the Space Coast Meetup
- Information Professionals of the Palm Beaches Meetup
If any DAM Guru members (or those with an interest in this subject) are interested in taking over (or working with a group to share) leadership as organizer(s), this will prevent those groups from being shutdown.
As those who have organized a meetup group before will be aware, if the previous organizer has to withdraw then the group is removed. This means the current membership of the group is dispersed and anyone else who subsequently decides to open a group with a similar profile has to build up the membership from scratch. As such, if you are an information professional (e.g. a DAM Guru) and you live or work near the locations of the three groups, consider stepping up to the Organizer role. Organizing a Meetup is a great way to expand your DAM network in your area, drive discussion on relevant topics, and learn even more about what is out there.