What’s stopping you?
Granted, some association websites require membership to access certain information, but don’t let that stop you from browsing around a site. Many sites offer plenty of valuable content well before any encounters with a registration page.
As for your association’s website, if it is missing the benefit of some of the aforementioned web-related products and services, then perhaps you should speak up. Maybe your association will let you develop the missing piece(s).
Not sure if your association has a website, or if additional sites related to your line of work exist? Perhaps you should start your search at Plant Engineering Online, which directs readers to over 35 market-related association websites from our “Associations” page (www.plantengineering.com, then click on the Associations button on the left). While they may not include all of the features listed earlier, here is a sampling of some information-intensive association sites listed on PE Online: American Society of Civil Engineers (www. asce.org), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (www. ashrae.org), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (www.asme.org), American Welding Society (www.aws.org), and Material Handling Industry of America (www. mhia.org).
If you don’t see an association on PE Online that may be of interest to plant engineering readers, feel free to drop me a line.