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.
As mentioned, in May, 2009 the Board appointed a Dues Task Force to address MLA sustainability and our complicated dues structure. The work of this Task Force culminated this summer with a proposed dues simplification plan. From June through August, as your President, I held or attended fourteen meetings with over 300 MLA members - Directors and line staff- to share with them member priorities and information about MLA's sustainability. A list of those summer meetings is available on the MLA website. I asked for candid feedback about our direction as a board, challenges with our current value proposition, and the proposed membership model, bylaws changes and dues simplification to advance MLA. I have made every attempt to reach out and include candid member input because I need you to be there with us as we approach these issues. And I will continue to listen.
I am now opening a blog conversation for members to ask questions about the proposed membership model and dues simplification. The articles in Michigan Libraries articulate the proposed service levels tied to budget, proposed membership classifications and dues ranges. These changes would enhance the value of organizational membership which is critical in order to switch the bulk of the dues to organizations and keep individual dues accessible while continuing to provide advocacy and professional development to our members.
Please post your questions to the blog and we will answer within 48 hours, and sooner if possible. If you have a question someone else likely has a similar question so post it to the blog and we'll respond. All input is welcome.
Once again, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the summer meetings and served on the Dues Task Force.
Christine Berro, MLA President