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2016 MLA Conference Volunteers
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Volunteer at the 2016 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 four types of volunteers:

How to volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact MLA Volunteer Committee Chair Abike Eyo 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 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
  • 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:

    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 Abike 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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