Planning Committee Annual Report 2018

submitted by Andy Leach, Chair

Current Roster

  • Andy Leach, Chair (2017)
  • Joe Clark (2017)
  • Bruce J. Evans (2018)
  • Rachel Fox Von Swearingen (2018)
  • Misti Shaw (2018)

List of Previous Goals and Progress Made

  1. The Planning Committee planned to work with the Convention Managers, the Program Chair, and the Web Manager to compile and share information with the MLA membership about the process of programming annual meetings.
    • This is still in progress and is listed below among goals for next year.

List of Future Goals

  1. During Fall 2018, the Planning Committee, working with the Convention Managers, the Program Chair, and the Web Manager, will compile and post an online FAQ about the process of programming the annual meetings. This will provide more transparency and help to demystify the process for MLA members. The FAQ will be published on the MLA website.
    • This will support the Strategic Plan’s goal area of organizational excellence and will help to ensure that MLA’s operations remain efficient, effective, and transparent.
  2. At the 2018 Spring meeting in Middleton, the Board discussed a proposal for the Music Library Students and Emerging Professionals group (MLStEP) to become part of MLA’s administrative structure. During Fall 2018, the Planning Committee will work with MLStEP to determine the best way to accomplish this.
    • This work will support the Strategic Plan’s core value of inclusivity and its goal area of membership.
  3. At the 2018 Spring meeting in Middleton, the Board agreed with the Membership Committee’s recommendation that the conference registration rate for new members be extended. The lower rate will be offered to members in their first five years rather than three. During Fall 2018, the Planning Committee will work with the Membership Committee to clarify what constitutes “first five years of membership.”
    • This work will support the Strategic Plan’s goal area of membership.