The (only) way for learned societies to survive is to add value for their members. That means specialization to combat the easily available but generalized assistance and advice available online. Some value propositions societies could offer:
- Subject-specific repositories
- Facilitating peer review - panels of specialist reviewers
- OA meta journals, - knowledge curation?
I am currently a member of the Society of Biology Research Dissemination Committee. All posts on this blog reflect my personal opinions and do not represent the views of any organizations I may be associated with.