ACM and IEEE: Why Bother?
By Josh Simons on Jan 05, 2008
For the past several years I've asked myself why I continue to renew my ACM and IEEE memberships. Other than digital library access which is available to all Sun employees, I don't use any services from either organization. The membership benefits are either uninteresting or I lack the time to take advantage of them. The monthly magazines are more of a burden than anything else--just two more magazines to look through with little content of interest. I do, however, enjoy ACM Queue when I have the time to read it.
And yet each year I send them hundreds of dollars (ACM $99, IEEE $170 + IEEE Comp Society $50), perhaps with the vague feeling that it is good to support my professional organizations (isn't that backwards?) or that someone who is serious about his profession should belong to the appropriate organizations.
Those arguments are starting to wear thin. Is there anyone out there with some compelling reasons why I should renew my memberships for 2008?