Membership Advisory Group


To advise PLA on creating successful membership recruitment and retention practices. This advisory group operates to: Provide member perspective to PLA; Offer input to help PLA connect with and impact membership; Help prioritize member messaging; Review member communications for relevance and persuasiveness; Identify opportunities for enhancement of member benefits.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Review PLA membership statistics and trends
  • Provide feedback and advice on PLA member engagement activities and communications
  • Engage new members by welcoming them to PLA via email and attending PLA-sponsored conference events (PLA Happy Hour at ALA Midwinter Meeting, PLA Member Breakfast at ALA Annual Conference, PLA Conference, etc.)
  • Increase the number of renewed members by making members feel welcome and offering advice on how PLA can better serve its membership
  • Increase the number of opportunities for members to engage and get involved with PLA

Expected time commitment:

  • Attend ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference (4 hours/year plus travel time)
  • Attend virtual meetings (2–4 hours/year)
  • Review and respond to emails and ALA Connect messages (2–3 hours/year)
  • Send PLA member welcome emails (3–5 hours/year)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Experience in community engagement
  • Familiarity with PLA and ALA membership structure
  • Familiarity with PLA’s branding, messaging and strategic plan
  • Ability to be “welcome wagon” for PLA members
  • Ability to answer member-related questions


Meredith A. McCarthy
(Co-Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Sarah Campbell Tansley
(Co-Chair, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. Christopher Wade Achee
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Jen Baxter
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Amy Hanaway
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Mr. Kacper Jarecki
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Jamie Fujiko Kurumaji
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Morgan Marie McMillian
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Julie Ann Robinson
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Lynda Salem Poling
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Jennifer Jingee Woo
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Samantha Lopez
(Staff Liaison, February 16, 2017, to June 30, 2024)

Displaying active committee roster as of 05/27/2024. Last retrieved on 05/27/2024. Refresh now.


Appointed by the President, 1 chair and up to 10 members (minimum 1 chair and 4 members). Electronic members are welcome.


Established at the request of the PLA Board.

Staff Liaison

Samantha Lopez

Manager, Marketing and Membership


Get Involved

To be a thriving, vibrant organization, PLA must have committed and active committee members. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please read and fill out the online volunteer form.

  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
  • Volunteers must be members of ALA and PLA.

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