Call For Volunteers

Grow as a professional. Grow stronger as a community.

MLA issues an annual Call for Volunteers that creates numerous opportunities for Michigan library professionals to develop leadership skills, create professional development opportunities and facilitate networking and sharing of best practices. It also plays a vital role in furthering the work of the Association and benefiting libraries throughout the state. For any member who wants to get involved with MLA, we have a place.

How Can I Get Involved?

  1. Review the opportunities available using the navigation menu to the left.
  2. Complete the online Volunteer Application located at the bottom of the page by April 27.
  3. Select up to three committees, work groups, or communication and membership opportunities in order of priority.
  4. Consider chairing or vice-chairing a work group and note that on your application.
  5. You will be notified of your appointment(s) in mid-May. Appointments are for the 2018-19 MLA Member Year (July 2018 - June 2019); actual working time will vary by group. Two-year commitments and vice-chair placements run through June 2020.
  6. Committees and work groups will establish their regular meeting schedules starting in July. 

Who is Eligible?

All MLA members are eligible to participate and volunteer on a committee or work group. Nonmembers interested in volunteering are welcome to join the association online or by calling (517) 394-2774.

The volunteer make-up will be representative of the MLA membership. Consideration will be given to diversity in terms of job category, geography and type and size of library. All library staff are welcome and encouraged to join and participate.

What Is Expected of Me?

Committees and work groups will meet as needed to accomplish their objectives. Work groups planning for events will focus on developing quality content and speaker selection, completing the majority of their work from July through December. Award work groups meet throughout the year on in accordance with award timelines. Standing committees will generally meet once a month.

Detailed information about the specific duties and responsibilities for each committee and work group can be found under the group description.

Important Dates to Remember

  • March 21- April 27: Call for Volunteers
  • May: Assignments confirmed by email