Membership Advisory Group – September–March 2022 Report


The group met 4-6 times this reporting period.

Recent Activities

First Activity
Monthly emails to new members. These emails are personalized by each member of the committee to welcome new members to PLA and encourage them to become active members. When applicable, committee members are matched to people who live in their region.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence

Second Activity
In collaboration with the monthly welcoming members, committee members continue conversations with new members – answering questions when appropriate and directing them to the appropriate PLA staff member when necessary.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Leadership, Organizational Excellence

Third Activity
Volunteer opportunity to review conference scholarships was presented to the group. After committee discussion, a committee member volunteered to assist. The committee recognizes the importance of conference attendance to new PLA members.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence

Fourth Activity
Committee is organizing greetings and activities at ALA/PLA booth at PLA Conference, including button making and pairing up new attendees with veteran conference goers. It was recognized by the committee that many new members join due to their attending the conference. It is the hope of the committee that being present and welcoming members at the ALA/PLA booth will help forge a stronger connection to the organization and help retain members past their initial year. We also hope to assist with the virtual Intellectual Freedom Forum.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence

Fifth Activity
Volunteer opportunity to participate in ALA Membership Promotion Task Force was presented to the group. After committee discussion, a committee member volunteered to assist. The committee recognizes the importance of ALA membership and its impact on PLA membership.
Meets PLA’s strategic goals for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, Leadership, Organizational Excellence

What will your group be working on for the next six months?
Continued new member emails
Booth at PLA

Does the group have any policy recommendations, ideas with financial impact, or other items to bring to the PLA Board for discussion or action
While focus is often made to bringing in new members, the committee suggests that more attention and recognition is given to continued membership. Small ideas include special badges or buttons at conferences for members (for example: button reading 10 year PLA Member!)

Do you have any suggestions for future products or resources (excluding conference programs) to be developed based on your group’s work?
A week of a free preview of PLA benefits (access to prof dev, etc.)The Medical Library Association does this for the entire month of February. Non-members are able to try out tools and resources, explore new communities, and meet peers from different areas of health science information.

Are there other PLA/ALA committees your group might collaborate with to benefit the work of all?
ALA New Member Round Table

Have there been any issues related to meeting participation/attendance for any of the group’s members?
No

Is there anything PLA could have provided during this time that would have helped your group with its work?
Small budget for conference giveaways or access to “swag” PLA has already purchased.

Submitted by Kim DeNero-Ackroyd on 02/17/2022