New IEEE Membership Directory to Roll Out
Region 3 Leaders,
You may recall that some Region 3 long-time members were very upset
with the demise of the paper IEEE Member Directory (2 volumes) for
cost reasons, around 2003. As a result, in 2005 (after activist
support from Bob Duggan, Jim Beall and others) then-Director Bill
Harrison put an item on the RAB agenda to look into revival of the
directory in some form. It was referred to Membership Development,
and a plan for an on-line membership directory evolved.
That directory, called MemberNet, will be available this
spring. John Day has promised that a IEEE staff member will be
present at Huntsville to brief the Region 3 meeting about this development.
Briefly, owing to privacy concerns, the directory will initially
contain only name and present member grade, but the member can
"opt-in" to include other information as well.. The paper directory
included member grade history and dates as well as work affiliation,
contact information and, for Fellows, a brief biography with their
citation and other awards. This latter information made it
invaluable for Fellow nominators and references.
The new directory will be available through the "My IEEE" portal, and
can contain a variety of information - that the member wants to share.
The directory will have advantages for peer-to-peer networking
(identifying/locating other society members in your area), and for
member recruitment and retention (e.g., aiding in senior member
elevations). It will include a search capability. It will include
higher-grade members (including associate members) but not affiliates.
It can also fill a "Rolodex" function for members, and John Day has
solicited ideas for how this can be implemented and used.
The "My IEEE" portal is functional now, and can be populated with as
much information as you want to put into it. Again, it will be
opt-in management (by you) with the security of your web account for access.
George F McClure
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