TITLE: Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) Representative
VISION:Montana’s libraries and librarians will be vital and respected components of national and regional library associations.
Association Representatives (to PNLA, MPLA, and ALA) ensure that Montana’s libraries and librarians are vital and respected components of national and regional library associations. They enlarge and share the resources and concerns of the state, improving the quality of Montana library services and collections through their interaction. They support professional development of Montana librarians through exploration and promotion of regional and national opportunities. They enhance the stature of Montana libraries and librarians by communicating local information and achievements to regional and national bodies. They help develop association leaders by promoting programs and professional development opportunities. The mission of the MPLA Representative is specifically to serve as the representative of MLA to MPLA and form a liaison to interpret the wishes and policies of MLA to MPLA and MPLA to MLA.
TIMELINE: (office is assumed at conclusion of MLA conference in April, and is a 3-year term)
JOB DESCRIPTION:MLA active member; MPLA member; able to travel; willing to communicate issues orally and in writing at regular, frequent intervals.
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HISTORY: In 1948 a group of librarians met at the first Mountain Plains Library Conference in Estes Park, CO. The idea for a regional library association grew out of the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), where libraries were already sharing materials and ideas. Originally formed by members from 7 states, it later grew to 12, and has held joint conferences with one state each year rather than have a separate MPLA conference.
Updated January 2018