Membership and Contacts

The Legislative Panel is chaired by the Legislative Officer, who is appointed each year by the MLA President. The membership is comprised of representatives from public, academic, school and special libraries, representatives from other library membership organizations, and includes several MLA offices—the President, Past President, President Elect, Assistant Legislative Officer, Intellectual Freedom Officer and Executive Director—as well as the State Librarian and an intern.

The Legislative Officer is responsible for examining any state legislation impacting libraries, closely monitoring the actions of the General Assembly, and coordinating state-wide efforts of the Legislative Panel and other library representatives. Most activities occur during the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly that runs from January to April each year.

The Assistant Legislative Officer / Federal Coordinator is responsible for examining any federal legislation impacting libraries, closely monitoring the actions of Congress, and coordinating state-wide efforts of the Legislative Panel and other library representatives. The Assistant Legislative Officer / Federal Coordinator also acts as a liaison to the American Library Association’s Washington Office, an organization whose purpose is to monitor federal legislation and activities with an impact on libraries. Most activities occur when Congress is in session from January 3rd and through the Fall.

Legislative Contacts

For assistance or more information, please contact:

Legislative Officer
Mary Baykan
Director
Washington County Free Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301.739.3250
baykanm@washcolibrary.org

Assistant Legislative Officer/Federal Coordinator
Natalie Edington
Assistant Director
Baltimore County Public Library
320 York Road
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-887-6100
nedington@bcpl.net

ENGAGE Coordinating Team

Natalie Edington
Phone: 410-887-6100
nedington@bcpl.net

Pat Hofmann
phofmann@comcast.net

Darnice Jasper
Phone: 301-725-7831
djasper@aacpl.net

MLA Executive Director
Margaret Carty
Executive Director
Maryland Library Association
1401 Hollins Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
Phone: 410-947-5090
mcarty@carr.org

Last updated 08 April 2016