Making things happen
- The chair is responsible for guiding the committee through its work - If you don’t act, neither does the committee!
Planning the committee’s year
- Talk to the outgoing chair about the year’s major events and ongoing work/issues.
- Consult with your Board liaison as you plan your work for the year.
- If you have a co-chair or vice-chair work closely with her/him in planning the committee’s work.
- Review the committee’s charge.
- Discuss with your members how your committee’s work can support the major tenets of the Association’s Strategic Directions: Leadership, Education, Advocacy.
Some committees have clear tasks, such as selecting scholarship or grant recipients or planning the annual meeting programs. Others have charges which are more general, such as assisting court and state agencies in advancing electronic access to public information or encouraging students to enter the field of law librarianship.
For those that have more nebulous charges, you’ll need to work with your committee to identify more specific goals and strategies to meet them. Remember that your Board liaison is there to help you strategize and plan for the year.
Plan an agenda for your meeting and distribute it and a copy of the committee’s charge, to your committee prior to the meeting, along with a list of the committee members’ names and contact information. This will allow your members time to prepare for the meeting.
Involve your members!
- Your role as the chair is to organize the work and see that it gets done - not to do it all!
- Include all members in discussions about the year’s activities. Ask your committee members to let you know if they’ll be attending the meeting; if they’re not attending,
- Speak with them prior to the meeting to discuss possible assignments or interests
- Divide tasks and ask for volunteers
- Be sure everyone has an assignment.