Standing Committees

Standing committees are typically one to two year term volunteer opportunities which require a high level of commitment by their respective members. In order to participate, volunteers must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term. Upon acceptance, you will be advised of your current membership status and any necessary action. Non-members can join MLA online or by calling 517-394-2774.

You will be contacted by your committee chair or MLA staff member regarding your first committee meeting.

Legislative Committee
Professional Development and Networking Committee
 

Legislative Committee
Now a two year commitment July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019
Monitors legislative and policy issues impacting libraries and makes policy recommendations to the board. Informs and educates members about state legislation and policy issues of interest to the membership. Works closely with MLA lobbyists. Communicates with legislators and other elected officials as needed.

Desirable skills: Strong oral and written communication; high interest in advocacy.

Chair Responsibilities: Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, lead and support vision and innovation, testify at house and senate hearings if needed, present reports to the MLA Board of Directors if requested. Communicates with legislators and other elected officials regularly.

Committee Member Responsibilities: Active participation in discussions surrounding legislative issues impacting the Michigan library community, contribute knowledge from past experiences, work collectively with fellow committee members and MLA staff, participate in monthly meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an advocate for MLA. Communicates with legislators and other elected officials regularly.

Professional Development and Networking Committee (PDNC)

PDNC will engage some of our most talented and forward thinking members in a way that will serve our library community while offering a new kind of volunteer experience.  By working together as a think tank for ideas and insight, PDNC will identify the kinds of training our members need to excel in the libraries of the future as well as today.  This is more than simply ideas for speakers or workshops, but a visionary and thought-provoking process to help determine the future of professional development for the library community.

Desirable skills:  Previous MLA volunteer involvement required, vision, innovation, leadership qualities

Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, lead and support vision and innovation, anticipate future trends in the library community, assign duties as necessary, present projects to the MLA Board or Directors if requested, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed.

Committee Member Responsibilities: Active participation in discussions surrounding professional development and the future of the library community, contribute knowledge from past experiences, collaboratively work with fellow committee members and MLA staff, attend quarterly meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.

Time Commitment – This is a two year term committee and will be from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.  In person meetings occur quarterly (September, December, March and June) and range from 2 – 4 hours long at the MLA Office.  Assigned duties beyond the committee meetings vary and may require extra time.