I was a member of the ACM in college, which was great for papers and research. They want me to join again, but i can’t find a reason to.
As a member of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, you will have access to a host of career-enhancing benefits including:
- Over 2,200 free online course titles from SkillSoft
- More than 1,100 free online books, including a large selection from Safari® featuring O’Reilly and many others
Slightly interested, but reading books online is tiresome, and I buy ones I really want.
- Access to ACM’s new highly targeted Career & Job Center
- ACM’s flagship magazine “Communications of the ACM”
Would be cool, but I probably wouldn’t take the time to read it.
- Full access to “Queue” magazine online, plus access to Queuecasts, downloadable discussions with technology experts
This is already free, and I already get the print edition (also free).
- “TechNews” and “CareerNews” email digests
- ACM’s monthly electronic newsletter “MemberNet”
- The ACM Guide to Computing Literature with over one million bibliographic citations
- The option to subscribe to the full ACM Digital Library with unlimited access to all ACM journals, magazines, proceedings, and newsletters
Yes! This is actually appealing. There are a ton of papers both new and old that interest me. Unfortunately, it is an additional $100. Not interested.
- The opportunity to share your knowledge by participating in ACM’s MentorNet One-on-One partnership program
- A free “acm.org” email forwarding address with high-quality Postini spam filtering
Sorry ACM, I think its time to simplify your offerings and try to add value instead of just adding benifits.
Join ACM today and you will receive a Free ACM Flip-Top World Calculator!
Well in that case, sign me up!
Jeremy Carbaugh — December 11, 2007
I had a membership up until a few months ago, but I let it lapse for the exact same reasons. I was most disappointed in “Communications of the ACM.” The majority of articles were about either IT management or outsourcing … two things that have absolutely no relevance to my interests or career.
Is IEEE any better? I would really like to be a member of a relevant organization of software developers, computer scientists, and electrical engineers.
Brian Ryckbost — December 11, 2007
I’m still getting daily TechNews emails, but I noticed the other day that my membership has lapsed and they want me to renew my membership. Is it work the $20 or so that a student-account could get me?
Daniel Morrison — December 12, 2007
Jeremy: Too bad that “Communications” isn’t worthwhile. I get “Queue” for free, but have the same complaint.
Brian: for $20, maybe. The version with the Digital Library is $42 for students so if you have any papers to write, it might be worth it…
Really, I wish the Digital Library was available for free, for everyone, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Mark — July 28, 2008
Brian: Make sure that your school doesn’t already have access to the digital library… most schools do.
Tom Anderson — June 06, 2015
Wow, ACM has fooled me! I wish I had read your blog in 2007! It’s now 2015 and the value has eroded a bit. In 2009 when I joined, they promised “lifelong email forwarding”.
Trusting them, I used the address for all important academic matters, such as listing it on at least a dozen papers. Now, ACM has changed its policy and email is not lifelong anymore, it’s only for members. If we don’t keep paying dues each and every year, the email address is just an empty tube that doesn’t even return a daemon error!