There’s an interesting discussion going on right now about speaker fees, registration, and state library conferences. I have faced the same type of thing in the past with the Missouri Library Association.
From the discussion and everyone’s comments, it looks like the common practice is this: if you’re in-state, you’re welcome to speak – but you have to pay registration and don’t get any honorarium or travel expenses. If you live out-of-state, your travel expenses are covered and you might get an honorarium and a comped registration.
To fix this stupid problem, you can do two things:
- Discuss it – and this is happening via blogs right now – so that’s good. Well, except for the fact that percentage-wise, most librarians are probably NOT reading the blog-based discussion. So maybe we should ALSO be discussing it elsewhere…
- Get involved in your local library association. And I don’t mean the pay-the-yearly-dues, get-the-magazine type of join. I mean the run-for-office, serve-on-committees type of join.
That’s the only way these aged behemoths (ie., the associations) will change – get people who actually WANT TO CHANGE them in charge of them.