Mark Durbin is Head of Technical Services at Atlanta's John Marshall Law School.
Why did you join AALL?
Mike Lynch, the Library Director here, has made sure that all of our librarians are members of AALL, SEALL, and ALLA. He understands the importance of networking with others in our profession, and is committed to providing us with opportunities for professional growth.
Why do you stay a member?
As usual, my boss was right. The Annual Meeting, AALL My Communities, CRIV, etc. all provide great information and resources for learning and growing. Although I have been a librarian for fifteen years now, I am frequently humbled by many of the individuals that I meet in these settings that have such an expanse of knowledge and experience that I can draw upon.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
I really enjoy the Annual Meeting. Not only do I get to travel, but I learn a lot in the sessions. There are workshops available for more intense training that I have sometimes found useful. I meet with some of our current vendors to discuss new innovations and I learn about other options from vendors we haven't worked with. And, of course, I get to connect (and re-connect) with other professionals and share thoughts and ideas.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
Walking around at my first Annual Meeting with Mike (Orlando in 2002) and having him introduce me to people. It seemed like he knew everyone, and I thought "I want to be like that someday."
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Reading has always been my center of gravity. Traveling with my wife and kids is fun. I also like to play computer/wii/Xbox games with friends and family.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I am reading White Plume Mountain
by Paul Kidd, and before that I read The Wolfman
by John Maberry.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
In the United States, I like the Pacific Northwest. Greece has an awesome feeling of ancientness. Cruises are pretty relaxing.