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Faced with declining membership numbers, much like other professional organizations, ASIS&T must address the challenge through immediate recruitment efforts and long-term strategic planning. The number of information science students and the organization's global audience offer strong potential for expanding membership. Dillon urges taking a broad look at membership advantages, considering tangible benefits and especially the intangibles, such as professional identity, community, credentialing and legitimation. Partnering with other associations can promote the organization, and assuming the role as an umbrella organization for scholarly groups in the information sector could provide sustainability more effectively than reliance on membership dues.

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