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Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing

The ALA “online communities” website tried hard to discourage me from logging in, but I foxed it and figured it out anyway. “IMIS ID?” That’s internal staff language at ALA. How about “membership number?” How about a tool to remind me of my membership number, which only wonks like me will have memorized and available? And as Jim Rettig once asked, how about the ability to alias our membership numbers to mnemonic names?

The joke was still on me, because the application did nothing. I clicked on the lone online member: nothing. I tried to change my profile: nothing. Three minutes later, it was just mindlessly grinding away. So I killed it.

I’m on a committee where we agreed to work within this environment, but if it’s not available for committee work, I don’t know how I’msupposed to do this.

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