Once MLA members have applied to be on a committee, MLA sends the President elect the giant committee wish list. It is a grid like sheet listing every committee and the members’ first, second and third choice. It also has the committee chairs’ first, second and third choice for members on their committee. So the President elect looks at this entire thing and assigns people to committees based on their requests AND that of the committee chairs. As Mark Funk said, it is kind of like “NFL draft done by one person trying to make teams, coaches, and players all happy.”
I just got done assigning everyone who applied for an MLA committee to a committee. I hope the assignments worked out and they like their teams er committees. While everyone got onto a committee, not everyone got their choices. Sometimes some committees only had two spots available and 10 people asked to be put on it. I sent the information to MLA and they will be sending out letters shortly.
In the past I mentioned that the MLA Board gets together a few times a year to discuss MLA and make sure things are moving forward. Our recent meeting in Chicago was our first meeting with our new Executive Director Kevin Baliozian and we discussed the strategic plan for MLA. It was a very good meeting and there will be a lot of things going forward with MLA. I wish I could be more transparent in my description and I think things will be in the next few weeks or so.
That is all for my brief MLA Behind the Scenes update. Questions or comments feel free to let me know.