TITLE: ALA Representative/Montana Chapter Councilor
VISION: Montana’s libraries and librarians will be vital and respected components of national and regional library representation.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Montana Library Association is a chapter of the American Library Association and is represented by the ALA Chapter Councilor. Montana’s place in the major national library organization depends on its ability to have a vote on the ALA Council, the governing body of the ALA.
TIMELINE: The ALA Councilor assumes office at the end of the ALA Annual Conference following MLA Board election in the spring, and shall be seated at the first ALA Council midwinter meeting following this date. It is a 3-year term.
A member in good standing of Montana Library Association, who is also a member of the American Library Association, shall be elected by active Montana ALA members as Chapter Councilor, in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the American Library Association, for a term of three years with the beginning of such term to coincide with that of the officers of ALA (Bylaws. Article VIII, Sec, see timeline section above). The Chapter Councilor is responsible for formally reporting to the Board and MLA membership proceedings at ALA Conference that affect the MLA, The Chapter Councilor is also responsible for keeping the Board informed of national issues, events and legislation. The Chapter Councilor is responsible for reading and complying with the guidelines of ALA’s Duties of an ALA Chapter Councilor as found on the ALA website. The Chapter Councilor submits a written annual report to the President to be included with the Association’s annual reports. The Chapter Councilor communicates regularly with the membership through Wired-MT, Montana Library Focus or other means.
ALA Councilor budget requests include the Chapter dues, ALA Washington Office and Freedom to Read contributions, as well as travel expenses for ALA conference and Midwinter. MLA pays 100% of ALA conference registrations, plus reasonable expenses such as air fare, hotel, etc. A concerted effort should be made to keep all expenses as low as possible.
Updated January 2018