Unit Opportunities

Volunteering with RMSLA is an excellent way to build your network, gain experience and visibility, and showcase your skills. You also get to work with a great group of energizing people who are on the lookout for new opportunities to provide membership value for our members.

If you’re interested in a role but not yet sure you’re ready to commit, contact the Chapter President or President-elect. We are always happy to chat about ways to shadow these roles or contribute in a large or small way to what’s going on with our chapter.

Executive Board positions

President-Elect

This is a 3-year commitment, with a year each as President-Elect, President, and Past-President.

The President-Elect:

  • Serves as program chair, planning and coordinating event logistics for RMSLA’s Annual Business Meeting and Alldredge Lecture in winter, the Rocky Mountain Mini-Conference in the summer, and the Membership Meeting in the fall; serving on the Colleague Connection committee with members of partner library associations; and keeping up the momentum for informal events such as local dine-arounds. Manages arrangements for speakers, venue, food, and registration with program committee members.
  • Attends monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year.
  • Shadows the President to learn about reporting/communication responsibilities and how meetings are run.
  • Recruits new Executive Board members and Committee Chairs.
  • Works with the President and Treasurer to develop a budget for the presidential year.
  • Attends the SLA Annual Conference in June with chapter support (depending on funding availability).

President

The President:

  • Represents RMSLA in the SLA Chapter Cabinet.
  • Attends the SLA Annual Conference in June with chapter support (depending on funding availability).
  • Leads RMSLA Executive Board meetings (including monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year).
  • Recruits an incoming President-Elect and assists in recruiting new Executive Board members and Committee Chairs.
  • Oversees chapter-wide and committee operations, leads the chapter’s strategic planning, and communicates on these topics with members.
  • Takes on any special projects of interest.

Past President

The Past-President:

  • Participates as a sage advisor on the Executive Board (including monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year).
  • Assists in recruiting for chapter positions.
  • Ensures the currency of the chapter’s operating documents.
  • Continues work on any ongoing special projects.

Director

This is a 2-year commitment. The RMSLA Executive Board includes two Director positions.

Each Director:

  • Participates as a voting member of the Executive Board (including monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year).
  • Assists in recruiting for chapter positions.
  • Takes on any special projects s/he wishes or as requested by the Executive Board.

Secretary

This is a 2-year commitment.

The Secretary:

  • Prepares the minutes of each Executive Board meeting and provides the approved minutes to the web team for posting.
  • Participates as a voting member of the Executive Board (including monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year).

Treasurer

This is a 2-year commitment.

The Treasurer:

  • Manages RMSLA’s day-to-day financial transactions.
  • Assists in preparing the chapter’s annual budget.
  • Reports on the chapter’s financial activities to the Executive Board and SLA Headquarters.
  • Participates as a voting member of the Executive Board (including monthly conference calls and any in-person RMSLA Executive Board meetings each year).

Committee Chairs (Chairs are also members of the RMSLA Advisory Board)

Membership Chair

The Membership Chair:

  • Receives membership data from SLA HQ and maintains RMSLA records.
  • Calls/emails new members to welcome them to the chapter.
  • Recruits SLA members in our geographic region who have no chapter affiliation to add RMSLA to their membership.
  • Coordinates any special membership outreach efforts for RMSLA.
  • Recruits new committee volunteers.
  • Reports to the RMSLA President and Executive Board monthly.

Vendor Relations Chair

The Vendor Relations  Chair:

  • Develops relationships with current, former, and prospective supporters to encourage cash and in-kind support for RMSLA programs and other initiatives.
  • Manages RMSLA’s sponsor benefits to recognize and thank our vendor partners/sponsors.
  • Manages the details of donations and other support transactions.
  • Recruits new committee volunteers.
  • Reports to the RMSLA President and Executive Board monthly.

Technology Chair

The Technology Chair:

  • Provides remote access for RMSLA events.
  • Serves as point of contact for event tech requirements.
  • Researches best purchasing options for RMSLA technology needs.
  • Serves as point of contact for RMSLA board technology questions.
  • Researches new possible software on a regular basis.
  • Recruits new committee volunteers.
  • Reports to the RMSLA President and Executive Board monthly.

Communications Chair

The Communications Chair:

  • Writes and posts content to RMSLA’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and blog pages (or can delegate these tasks to committee members) and trains new committee volunteers.
  • Approves new members in the RMSLA LinkedIn group.
  • Coordinates/edits submission of special content to the RMSLA blog, including quarterly technology reviews, book reviews, and member profiles and reports on professional conferences and other events.
  • Recruits new committee volunteers.
  • Reports to the RMSLA President and Executive Board monthly.

Remote Liaison Chair

The Remote Liaison Chair:

  • Hosts or co-hosts live recordings of events using SLA’s GoToWebinar account.
  • Oversees the processing and web-posting of recorded/archived programs for web access.
  • Coordinates program planning with the President-Elect/Program Chair.

Awards Chair

The Awards Chair:

  • Requests nominations from the membership for the Meritorious Service and Horizon Awards.
  • Coordinates a vote amongst the Executive Board members to decide on the award recipients and reports the results to the RMSLA President.
  • Presents the awards at the first event of the year.

Webmaster Chair

The Webmaster Chair:

  • Updates information on the website, including adding the new board members at the beginning of each year, updating the Past Presidents list, updating the awards recipient lists, etc.
  • Seeks out new ideas to improve the look and feel of the website and works with the RMSLA President to implement those changes.