Most people also agree that it's important to have an agenda that is balanced between current Domino-related issues and information about new technologies. As Campbell observes, user groups offer a way for members to get professional development that's virtually free.
"It's one of the few ways we can stay abreast of developments," she says. "A lot of what we do may not always be immediately applicable, but people know that they need to keep their eyes on things."
Kathleen Lynch, director of programming for the New England group, agrees. "Our speakers address issues we face in the here and now, but I also make sure to schedule topics that expand the universe for our members," she says. "My job is to make sure our members aren't blindsided by the market."
Link: SearchDomino: Are Domino User Groups Endangered? >
(Update: I removed some comments about SearchDomino and a linking request here...will blog an update in a separate topic)

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