Jim Greenwalt, NCSL staff chair and a long-time member of NALIT, still remembers the days when legislatures were thought to be behind the curve on technology, and a handful of legislative IT staff met not in meeting rooms, but in a bar.
NALIT is an active, energetic group that holds a popular annual Professional Development Seminar each fall (this year in Rapid City, S.D., on Oct.
"We work in a unique environment, and we are charged with developing technology solutions that will streamline and create efficiencies in the process without changing the process," says former NALIT Chair Sharon Crouch Steidel.
In an association like NALIT, says Maryann Trauger of North Dakota, "you will find 200 advisers who can share their experiences, good and bad, and save you a great deal of time and money."
From a handful of staff, NALIT has grown to more than 400 members and boasts an interactive Web site, on-line directory and listserv; publishes the NALIT Newsletter; and presents an annual professional development seminar.
* NALIT is the most recent staff section to begin holding an annual professional development seminar.