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Volunteer at the 2015 MLA Conference!

This year’s MLA conference promises to be an exciting opportunity for learning and sharing. It also offers an opportunity to be of service to your professional community.  Volunteering at the conference is a fantastic way to network and meet new people, catch up with old friends as you see them, and get in touch with the workings of the conference. Many volunteers are needed in several areas. An hour or two of your time can make a significant difference!

We are in need of three types of volunteers:

       Registration Volunteers

       Silent Auction Volunteers

       Program/Room Moderators

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact MLA Volunteer Committee Chair Mollie Stanford at She will respond to offers, confirm assignments, and give more information as needed.

See where we have specific needs and who has already signed up for what and when » 

Are you an enrolled library student?

Volunteering can get you discounted registration for the conference! (Only currently enrolled library students are eligible -- up to 10 students can take advantage, so sign up today!)

For half-price registration for…

…you would need to volunteer for:

Thursday only

two hours in registration or silent auction

Friday only

two hours in registration or silent auction

Full conference

Five hours of time in registration or silent auction

Registration Volunteers

Volunteers can help out at the registration desk from one to six hours on Thursday or Friday. The shifts are usually two hours long, but volunteers can select their preferred length. Volunteer for as many shifts as you like!

This is a good area for networking and meeting attendees. Volunteers will never be alone; someone from the registration committee or office will always be present.

Volunteers will assist the registration committee and office staff with:

       Checking in attendees

       Handing out attendee materials and name badges

       Registering attendees on site

       Helping to collect evaluations

       Welcoming speakers when they check in, handing them their name badges, and directing them to their session locations

Silent Auction Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts on Thursday and Friday. Volunteers are usually on their feet during the entire shift. It’s a great place to network and meet people as everyone comes to the auction at some point during the conference.

Silent Auction volunteers will:

       Help set up the auction before it starts

       Answer questions customers might have about an item

       Process items after the sale ends for the day

       Help clean up and put away items after the auction ends for the day

Program/Room Moderators

If you’re planning to attend a particular session anyway, this is a great way to volunteer to help keep the session on track and moving—not to mention a way to help out the conference planners.  Please email Mollie at and let her know what session you’d like to moderate!

Room moderators will:

       Arrive early to the selected/assigned session

       Get help, especially technical, when necessary (you don’t have to know how to do it yourself; you just might have to find someone who can)

       Hand out and collect evaluations

       Introduce the speaker by reading from their prepared statement

       Keep time and alert speakers (if speakers request)


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