The new MLA dues structure goes into effect July 1, 2011. A Frequently Asked Questions document is available to answer member questions about the transition. The new dues structure and rates are also available for members to review. Member invoices are currently being mailed to both organizational and individual members.
The bylaws vote was adopted by the MLA membership October 22, 2010, modifying membership categories and paving the way for MLA to rollout our new dues structure in 2011. The MLA Annual Meeting at Annual Conference was attended by over 200 people. Questions were asked for clarification, but overall, the new direction was endorsed.
The new dues structure will go into effect July 1, 2011, MLA's fiscal year. Thereafter, all organizational member dues will be due on July 1. Transitionally, dues will be prorated. Individual member dues will remain on a rolling basis. Review the new dues schedule here.
The MLA Board of Directors has approved revisions to the MLA bylaws that are now presented to you for your vote. The online polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. on October 18, 2010 to October 22, 2010 at noon. The results will be announced on Monday, October 25, 2010. The purpose of this vote is primarily to revise MLA's membership classifications so that MLA can institute a new membership model and dues structure.
The current issue of Michigan Libraries focuses heavily on MLA member priorities, the cost of providing those services and MLA's proposed membership model and dues simplification plan. I strongly encourage every member to read this issue and join in a membership blog conversation by posting a question below.
A strategic planning process resembles planning a family vacation. At the outset, everyone brings to the conversation their individual preferences about priorities, experiences, pace and ultimate destinations. All options are tempered by the realities and constraints of time and budget. Conversations and planning lead to common directions and ultimately, choices are made and priorities, budgets, timelines and destinations are determined.
At MLA the process is similar. We are on a journey. We have listened to member priorities, factored in time and budget and made choices that reflect what our members value. As a result, we now have a new mission and clearly identified core values to guide us as we evaluate future opportunities.