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(s) from the Library Advocacy Interest Group.

The Legislative Officer is responsible for examining any state legislation impacting libraries, closely monitoring the actions of the General Assembly, and coordinating state-wide advocacy 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 advocacy efforts of the Legislative Panel and other library representatives. The Assistant Legislative Officer / Federal Coordinator serves as Maryland’s 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, and as the coordinator for Maryland library advocates’ participation in the annual National Library Legislative Day. Most activities occur when Congress is in session from January 3rd and through the Fall. The Assistant Legislative Officer / Federal Coordinator also serves as the Engage Coordinator, managing MLA’s use of the online advocacy tool that is made available to MLA by the American Library Association’s Washington Office.

Legislative Contacts

For assistance or more information, please contact:

Legislative Officer
Carrie Plymire
Director
Calvert Library
850 Costley Way
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410.535.0291 or 301.855.1862
cplymire@calvert.info

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

Last updated 02 July 2018