From the Chair
By Sally Wakefield, 2008 Board Chair
Ahhh, welcome sweet summer! The snow is finally gone and our short summer season is upon us. For many of our members that means that thoughts shift to the parks and lakeshores of Minnesota.
GIS/LIS board members and volunteers have been busy since early this year identifying goals and objectives for the Consortium. Each year the board works to provide useful services to the broad GIS/LIS community. In past years this has meant a new look and feel to the website, more integrated member data information, increased conference and workshop offerings and building a “rainy-day” fund to ensure services continue – even in times of economic uncertainty.
At the time of this writing we are looking forward to a full slate of spring workshops for the first time in several years. A dozen workshops are scheduled for May 15 and are filled to near capacity. The opportunity to provide these learning opportunities at an affordable rate is what the Consortium is all about. We are tracking those workshops with waiting lists to be sure to offer them again as part of our fall conference.
Volunteers are meeting monthly to continue to plan for the fall conference and workshops, scheduled for October 1-3 to be held again in Rochester, Minnesota. The call for conference presentations has been distributed and we look forward to offering a wide variety of interesting and robust learning opportunities – as well as fun networking events. Stays tuned as plans progress; save the dates now on your calendar and watch your inbox for registration information mid-summer.
The Consortium also continues to work toward tracking member activity to be able to provide supportive documentation for GISP applications. We encourage you to consider applying for GISP certification as a GIS professional and want to remind you that grandfathering provisions for certification expire on January 1, 2009. For more information about GISP, see an earlier article
Finally, I would like to touch on communication. One of the core benefits of being a Consortium member is the ability to connect to the larger community and share your stories and experiences with colleagues. This communication is facilitated through the Mn GIS/LIS Consortium quarterly newsletter to which we invite and encourage all members to contribute. We also have an electronic announcements list to get you timely news about events and activities. Please work with us to be sure we have your most recent contact information by keeping your member profile, accessible through the Consortium’s website, as current as possible.
Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Conference!