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TYPE: Process Committee

PURPOSE: The purpose of the Membership Development Committee is two-fold. First, it is to attract and retain members in the American Association of Law Libraries. Second, it is to ensure the availability of appropriate AALL mentoring resources for all members including newer Association members as well as long-time members desiring career guidance or otherwise in need of assistance.

CHARGE: The Membership Development Committee will coordinate internal and external activities with Headquarters to identify and recruit potential Association members. The recruitment effort may also include:

  • Advising AALL staff on all promotional activities and campaigns related to membership recruitment and retention.
  • Serving as a liaison to chapters explaining member benefits and dues while monitoring membership trends.
  • Reviewing and evaluating AALL member benefits.
  • Developing membership brochures or other promotional materials.

The Membership Development Committee shall also be responsible for coordinating the mentoring efforts of AALL, AALL chapters, and special interest sections. This coordination may include:

  • Publicity for mentoring recruitment to ensure optimal matches between mentors and mentees.
  • Tracking of formal mentoring relationships, when possible, to allow appropriate follow up.
  • Gathering data from current and former participants to aid in critical evaluation of mentoring efforts.
  • Development of networking opportunities for AALL mentors and mentees.
  • Service as a clearinghouse of mentoring-related literature and information.

TIME COMMITMENT: A subcommittee works on annual meeting program proposals during late summer and early fall. During the fall, subcommittees work on revising and developing forms such as mentor/mentee form and a newly planned feedback form with time commitments dependent on the extent of changes and review. During February, the committee starts soliciting mentors/mentees and developing its social media marketing. In March, a subcommittee receives the mentorship forms as a spreadsheet, and in April, it makes the final pairings and finds additional mentors, if necessary. The committee also completes mentorship reception planning with Headquarters and solicits volunteers for the exhibit hall and advice stand. At the Annual Meeting, members have a 4-5 hour commitment including the committee meeting, mentorship reception, staffing the exhibit hall table and assistance with the advice stand and/or any accepted programs. Note: Time commitments are estimates from past assignments and can change with new projects or requests for assistance from the Executive Board

TENURE: Membership on the committee shall normally be for two years, except that the vice chair and chair will each serve three years. The returning member selected as vice chair at the end of the first year shall serve in that capacity in the second year, and become the chair of the committee for an additional third year.

SIZE: The committee shall normally consist of a chair, vice chair, five members, and a non-voting Executive Board and staff liaison.


Goal III: Education

RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER COMMITTEES/STRUCTURES: The Membership Development Committee coordinates with the Recruitment to Law Librarianship Committee to ensure collaborative efforts.