Member Engagement Coordination Committee


Develops and pursues a continuous campaign to recruit and retain members; engages members to improve the membership experience; provides a liaison to ALA membership services; advises the Core Board of Directors on policies relating to membership and dues; plans and monitors activities using Core's strategic and tactical plan as a framework.

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Mr. George E. Gottschalk, IV (Chair, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Alison M. Armstrong (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Patricia M. Dragon (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Toni Hoberecht (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
William M. Modrow (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Erin K. Phemester (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mrs. Taylor Ralph (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Shannon Tennant (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Sarah Wagner (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lindsay Anne Cronk (Board Liaison, August 18, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Jenny Levine (Staff, November 9, 2020, to June 30, 2025)

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  • Membership Assessment and Research Subcommittee
  • Recruitment and Orientation Subcommittee
  • Social Events and Networking Subcommittee

About this Committee


  • Plans the Core Happy Hour at each year's ALA Annual Conference;
  • Plans and hosts the Core 101 session at each year's ALA Annual Conference and Core Exchange/Forum;
  • Runs the annual Core members survey and analyzes the data to make recommendations for improved and new programs and services;
  • Plans and hosts two virtual member Town Halls each year.

Expected Time Commitment

  • Holds 10-12 virtual meetings and no face-to-face meetings each year;
  • Group members work an average of 1-2 hours per month;
  • March, April, May, and June are the busiest months of the year for this group because of planning for the ALA Annual Conference in June.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Experience

  • Organizational and planning skills;
  • Curiosity and willingness to hear what members want from Core and make recommendations based on feedback;
  • Knowledge of Core's work or areas of focus.