Term Volunteers: Standing Committees

Term volunteer opportunities typically involve standing committees with one year terms, which require a high level of commitment by their respective members. The term for these committees is June 2015 through July 2016.

In order to participate, volunteers must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term.

Legislative Committee

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, 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 of 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.

 

NEW Membership Committee – Made of up several ad hoc opportunities, the new MLA Membership Committee offers you the flexibility to pick and choose the activities that interest you most, while still contributing to the overall work of this standing committee. Please select any and all opportunities in which you are interested in participating.

  • New Member Ambassador – Contact new MLA members by email quarterly, welcoming them to the association and sharing benefit information to increase their engagement rate. Be willing to answer questions and share advice that will help in the onboarding process of new members. Email content and welcome materials will be provided by MLA, but you are welcome and encouraged to add your personal spin to the message.
  • Recruitment Ambassador – Identify and contact up to five new member prospects and invite them to take advantage of association benefits by becoming a member. Recruitment content and materials will be provided by MLA, but you are welcome and encouraged to add your personal spin to the message.
  • Re-Engagement Ambassador – Contact non-renewed members quarterly, inviting them to reconsider membership by sharing your personal story of MLA benefits. Offer an exit interview opportunity to help us understand and amend any situations that lead to non-renewals.
  • Member Panel – Serve as a focus group member by sharing your input regarding new association ideas and participating in short surveys on an as-needed basis throughout the year.

Desirable skills: Interpersonal communication; knowledge of MLA benefits; ability to plan and meet deadlines.

Committee Chair: Schedule and preside over meetings via phone, internet or in-person as needed to accomplish the committee’s objectives, the first of which should take place by July 30. Liaise with MLA staff regarding any support or resources needed to accomplish the objectives. Oversee the work of the committee members, ensuring content is delivered accurately and on time. Must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term.

Committee Members: Volunteers are expected to attend scheduled meetings, miss no more than three meetings in one year, contact their chair if they are unable to attend meetings and complete assignments in accordance with the overall MLA strategic plan. Additional responsibilities related to specific ad hoc opportunities will be shared at the first committee meeting. Must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term.

 

NEW Communications Committee – Made of up several ad hoc opportunities, the new MLA Communications Committee offers you the flexibility to pick and choose the activities that interest you most, while still contributing to the overall work of this standing committee. Please select any and all opportunities in which you are interested in participating.

  • Content Curator – Add value to MLA communications with member-driven content by identifying story ideas for website and newsletter articles. Act as a resource for staff-created content or submit your own articles for publication.
  • Writers’ Resource Pool – Receive bi-monthly emails posing questions from staff about upcoming stories, features or sessions and respond if you or someone you know has related personal experience.
  • Spotlight Success – Identify and recruit members to share stories of their successful library programs via the MLA website and Membership newsletter. Direct candidates to complete the online Spotlight submission form or interview them personally and submit your own article.
  • MLAgents – Join the social media vanguard team for all things MLA. Help promote MLA events and activities by sharing content from the official MLA social media accounts as well as your own MLA-focused postings. MLAgents will receive monthly content ideas to help generate posts.

Desirable skills: Interpersonal communication; networking; public relations; social media savvy; strong writing skills; ability to plan and meet deadlines.

Committee Chair: Schedule and preside over meetings via phone, internet or in-person as needed to accomplish the committee’s objectives, the first of which should take place by July 30. Liaise with MLA staff regarding any support or resources needed to accomplish the objectives. Oversee the work of the committee members, ensuring content is delivered accurately and on time. Must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term.

Committee Members: Volunteers are expected to attend scheduled meetings, miss no more than three meetings in one year, contact their chair if they are unable to attend meetings and complete assignments in accordance with the overall MLA strategic plan. Additional responsibilities related to specific ad hoc opportunities will be shared at the first committee meeting. Must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term.