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Get Involved: CALL FOR AMBASSADORS

The Call for Ambassador online signup for 2022-2023 workgroups and committees is open!! 

Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the Michigan library community, develop your leadership skills, grow your professional network, and represent MLA by volunteering to serve on a committee or workgroup!

All MLA members are eligible to participate on workgroups and committees. Nonmembers interested in getting involved are welcome to join MLA by filling out the online membership application or by contacting us at (517) 394-2774 or [email protected].

Mark your calendars for the MLA Ambassador Training and Orientation schedule for Wednesday, June 15, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM. 

Check out details about the available opportunities to get involved linked below and complete the online ambassador application by Friday, April 29, 2022. 

2022-2023 Ambassador Opportunities

Standing Committees

Standing committees are typically one to two-year term ambassador opportunities that require a high level of commitment by their respective members.

Workgroups

Workgroups are task-oriented, project-based opportunities that focus on a specific outcome and are closely aligned with ambassador skill sets and interests. The time commitment for workgroups is a one or two-year term, June through July. The functional working time will vary by group.

Ambassador Application Form

Click the button below to complete the online ambassador application. The deadline to submit the form is Friday, April 29, 2022.

You will be asked to select your top three choices and you will need to input your Google email address or email associated with a Google account, a brief bio (optional), prior volunteer experience with MLA or other organizations that serve libraries (required), a brief statement of what you would like to accomplish by participating (optional) and a current headshot (required).

Please make sure you have a current photo available to upload to the signup form. Photos will be used for MLA's website and communications. Your photo should be high resolution, cropped to 500x500px and submitted as a .jpeg .jpg or .png. Please name your file using your first and last name. Ex: "First Name-Last Name.jpg"

By volunteering with MLA you agree to adhere to the volunteer agreement and responsibilities including adhering to MLA's Code of Conduct. Review the Ambassador Agreement.

You will need to log in to complete the volunteer sign-up form. Retrieve your username or reset your password by visiting the links below and inputting your primary email address. This will be the email address where you receive MLA communications.

All ambassadors will receive notification of their placement and login credentials for the orientation by June 1, 2022. 

AMbassador Application Form

Learn More

Save the date and plan to join us on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 10:00 AM to learn more and chat with MLA staff, workgroup and committee members about participating in the 2022-2023 member year. 

Check out the recording of our April 2021 MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Getting Involved with MLA to learn more about getting involved with your state association and hear from MLA Ambassadors representing some of the various committees and workgroups about their experience as a volunteer.

Ambassador Responsibilities/Agreement

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased that you have offered to volunteer. Your interest to serve MLA demonstrates your desire to advance the library profession in our state.

Please realize that your commitment to volunteering to be an ambassador for MLA is essential in running MLA, including its conferences, workshops, networking, advocacy efforts, awards and other activities efficiently and effectively. The purpose of this agreement is to provide you with information about some important policies which are applicable to ambassadors. By signing this agreement you consent to follow the policies set by the MLA Board of Directors.

As an ambassador, I have the right to the following:

  • Respectful treatment by fellow committee members and MLA staff

  • Appropriate recognition for my contribution to MLA

  • Prompt minutes from meetings

As an ambassador, I am responsible for the following:

  • Active participation in creating high-quality professional development for library professionals

  • Contribution of talents and expertise to professional development program planning

  • Working collaboratively with fellow workgroup members

  • Attending regular workgroup meetings either in person or via conference call

  • Working within the scope of the assigned budget

  • Ongoing and regular communication with workgroup chair and MLA staff

  • Accepting assignments from the chair and following through with them to completion

  • Requesting additional help when necessary

  • Serving without compensation and payment of workshop/conference registration fees

  • Attending your work group’s program and encouraging others to do the same

  • Acting as an ambassador for MLA to the greater library community

  • Respectful treatment of fellow members, MLA staff and adhere to the MLA Code of Conduct

  • Maintain my MLA membership during my volunteer term

I will do my best to attend and be prepared for team meetings as well as follow through on deadlines and commitments.

 


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