I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman
on Jun 27, 2014 -
A friend runs a small professional organization with about 60-80 members, and is looking for a way to more easily manage membership. She is hoping to find software or a web service designed to do these things:
- Most importantly: allow members to pay an annual membership fee online. She also needs to be able to look up who has paid and who hasn't.
- Allow members to log in and update contact information and other info (such as number of accredited hours).
- Email all members, download a list of members, and so on.
Right now members are paying by cheque through the mail, and it's a lot of paperwork. I imagine there is an inexpensive web service out there that would be perfect for this. Can you recommend anything? We're in Canada, if it matters. Thanks!
posted by oulipian
on Feb 28, 2014 -
We are a small language instruction company with an idea to make some extra revenue and promote our own website.
We want to create a wordpress membership site that users can subscribe to with daily dripped content.
My question is whether it's a good idea to integrate this into our existing website or should it have it's own domain. And are there any technical problems that could arise from the integration idea?
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
posted by tjabeijing
on Dec 2, 2013 -
There's both a BJs and a Costco near me. I'm not a member of either. Are they worth the price of membership? Which is better overall, and which might be a better choice for me in particular? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Sep 19, 2013 -
I had a gym membership. Then I had a baby, and cancelled the gym membership in March. I was out of contract, paying month-to-month. Now they're trying to collect on post-cancellation "debts" for April through June. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I work with a local non-profit advocacy organization that is working on changing behaviors (promoting walking & biking in town). We charge for membership, but recently someone suggested we expand our membership by making it a pay-what-you-can
(or want) sort of system and possibly we would have more cash and volunteers to work with. Can someone point me to articles/books/anything about how has worked for other non-profits or businesses?
posted by katinka-katinka
on Jul 27, 2013 -
I am the treasurer and vice president of the PTO for my kids' elementary school. There is currently nothing in place to contact our members and maintain our membership list. We are slowly starting to get better organized, and I'm looking for the best solution. Can you help me wade through the options? [more inside]
posted by widdershins
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I’m interested in getting a subscription/membership to a museum or similar location in the Boston area as a gift. I’m really looking for something that would appeal to a younger adult without kids who likes a broad range of cultural activities. I’ve considered the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, but I’d love to hear first hand impressions of those and get other suggestions. It doesn’t have to be a museum specifically (could be, say, a theater subscription), but I'd like to keep it under $150ish and it does have to be MBTA accessible and let in at least 2 adults.
posted by fermezporte
on Jun 3, 2013 -
I'm looking for something sleek and simple, that will allow people to check themselves in when they arrive (2 contexts, gym members, and youth in an after school program). [more inside]
posted by peripatew
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I want a list of sites/communities/forums that cost money to join but worth this money. I think that initial or continuous fee is a good filter against spammers. I am already member at somethingawful, and the great Metafilter
. any more recommendations are welcomed.
posted by Ahmed_Nabil
on Jan 12, 2013 -
Which museums, venues & institutions in New York City have the most rewarding membership programs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 22, 2012 -
As of Monday I'll be new to the field of Association Management. Can you share with me your favorite resources and best practices (I hate that phrase but it's the best I can come up with) on how to grow and wrangle a membership database? [more inside]
posted by ladygypsy
on Jan 17, 2012 -
How do I go about getting new members for my choir, or enticing the existing or previous ones to come back this year? [more inside]
posted by LN
on Oct 4, 2011 -
I visit art museums and travel around the US. I'm looking for a museum membership that gives me the best deal on reciprocal admission to other museums. [more inside]
posted by pernoctalian
on May 12, 2011 -
Are you a member of Society for Neuroscience or ASBMB or FASEB or something similar? I have a doctorate in biochemistry/pharmacology. I've completely left academia and work at a small biotech firm as a scientist. I don't want to permanently narrow my field of interest, so I thought it would be helpful to become a member of one of the science societies and/or attend some conference(s) separately from those that come up for my job. I'm having trouble deciding on what would be the most efficient and enjoyable option. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Is there a legitimate reason for structuring membership dues (and initiation fees) of a club based on age levels beyond just the usual "student" vs "everyone else" levels? Specifically I'm speaking of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore
on Nov 19, 2010 -
What's currently the best plug-in (paid or free) for setting up/moderating a membership-based level to an already existing web site? I'm not a programmer, so preferably something that's relatively easy to set up, looks good to the eye, is easy to navigate and offers nice customizing options. I'm using Wordpress right now, so one that works with wp would be *most* awesome. Oh, and I'm on a Mac. Thanks!!! :)
posted by miss lynnster
on Nov 15, 2010 -
What Private Clubs are worth it? As a recently minted member of The Magic Castle
I'm wondering what other Private Clubs are worth the membership fees and any of the hassle of becoming a member. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore
on Sep 8, 2010 -
I've been asked to investigate Joomla Community Builder
for use by a community circus I'm a part of to manage their membership. Based on their needs and abilities, is it worth using, or are we better off with other less complicated solutions? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jun 29, 2010 -
Looking at options to create a membership card for discounts at businesses, similar to a KCRW Fringe Benefits card. I haven't done this before so I'm not sure about which membership card manufacturers would be good to order from or about how the card technology itself works. Right now, getting the businesses and customers to cooperate is the easy part for me... I need to figure out how to make the card work and to be sure I can keep track of all member activity. Educate me please, if you can! Thank you! :)
posted by anonymous
on Apr 15, 2010 -
My best friend just moved to Brooklyn. Her birthday is coming up, and I'd like to give her a membership to some local institution that she could frequent. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts
on Apr 12, 2010 -
I have recently been appointed the 'membership chair' for a hobby-related organization of which I have been a member for some years. The club president and I have agreed that my duties will consist largely of:
* Contacting members who have lapsed and inviting them to rejoin
* Devising various means of recruiting new members
I have no experience in this sort of work. I could definitely use pointers, suggestions, and especially referrals to any articles or books that may be relevant.
posted by zainsubani
on Aug 26, 2009 -
An organization which I have belonged to for many years has taken a position which I find abhorrent. Should I withdraw my membership outright or, should I first try to get the organization to reconsider its position? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate
on Aug 16, 2009 -
Can you explain the differences between the various Metropolitan Museum of Art memberships? In particular, if you have one, why did you pick that one and not another?
posted by smackfu
on Aug 5, 2009 -
How can I host a member directory for a nonprofit, for free, online, that is password protected? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo
on Jul 27, 2009 -
I'm looking for suggestions for an open source, web based club membership database. I want to be able to store contact information and keep track of who has paid their membership fees and who hasn't. [more inside]
posted by cornflake
on Jul 10, 2009 -
Has anyone heard of lifetime memberships at Gold's Gym? They don't list it on their website, and I can't find any reference to it online, but I thought I heard something about it recently (on TV?)... Ideally, I'd like to buy a membership that doesn't expire and allows me to use any Gold's Gym. I don't care if it is transferable. I would appreciate any information you might have on the matter.
posted by cdemay
on Mar 12, 2009 -
I manage an organization with a few hundred members, each of which pays an annual membership fee. Is there a way to automate renewal notices and payments? [more inside]
posted by jcmilton
on Mar 2, 2009 -
I'm looking for a web-based app (free or otherwise) or a hosted app which will handle membership for a non-profit / club. It needs to provide different membership levels, handle payments (via PayPal or Google Checkout), and provide some method for allowing members to renew or upgrade their memberships, change their info as needed, etc. It does not need to be free, even though that would be nice. [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer
on Dec 15, 2008 -
The YMCA is charging me for the next month even though I've already canceled my membership and turned in my card. Am I out of line in thinking this is out of line? [more inside]
posted by granted
on May 8, 2008 -
I'm looking for a way to organize a list of members of my neighborhood association, preferably something web-based, but that doesn't require the actual members to log in. [more inside]
posted by epersonae
on Feb 11, 2008 -
The gym I joined 6 weeks ago went belly up over the weekend and locked their doors. Supposedly a different gym not affiliated with the bankrupt gym is buying all the contracts, but nothing is clear at the moment. What are my rights in this situation? [more inside]
posted by 45moore45
on Dec 16, 2007 -
If you are or were a member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Fdn), would you recommend I join? Has it had any notable benefits or negatives that weren't clear to you before you joined, and has it been worth the annual fee?
posted by allterrainbrain
on Nov 27, 2007 -
I'm looking for suggestions for electronic voting/polling systems. It would be used to conduct officer elections for a large membership organization. [more inside]
posted by elle.jeezy
on Nov 7, 2007 -
How do small community groups with branches in different areas manage membership fees? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on May 27, 2007 -
I greatly enjoy the Writers' Digest new-member offers I get every so often. Are there any other book-club (or CD, etc) memberships that don't have a processing charge? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on Jan 22, 2007 -
I need to join a gym, and haven't belonged to one since a Y membership in 1996. Apparently, gyms don't tell you what they charge unless you go meet a sales rep in person. This seems extremely shady and sets off mental warning bells. Can anyone tell me what to expect? Forewarned is forearmed, etc.
(Auxillary question, possibly whinefilter; how do they get away with this? Why can't I comparison shop in a reasonable manner?)
posted by Cranialtorque
on Dec 3, 2006 -
What is the best software to use for managing the membership of a non-profit organization? [more inside]
posted by stefnet
on Oct 5, 2006 -
. Scam or worthwhile deals? Does anybody have experience with bestfares.com? It's a $60 annual membership to get, ostensibly, below "sale" prices on lots of fares. And they look cheap. 'm most interested in airfares only (US + Int'l) and not in cruises, Vegas junkets, or hotels. Is it worth it? Any other hot ideas for actually getting cheap fares to, say, Europe?
posted by zpousman
on Apr 11, 2006 -