PSLA Committees

Committee Structure

  • Each committee will have two chairs plus a board liaison.
  • PSLA Members can volunteer to join a committee: Awards, Communications, Conference, Operations, or Teaching & Learning.
  • Task groups and coordinators work on a specific task or duty within a committee.  Committee members are free to join short-term or long-term task groups. 
  • Co-chairs will identify and advertise task group opportunities.

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Awards Committee 

Lauren Strohecker Alice Cyphers 

Board Liaison: Craig McFeely

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks

 Communications Committee

Corey Hall Kim Mento

Board Liaison: Leah Lindemann

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:

    • Develop or curate the content of messages to be shared with Association stakeholders
    • Disseminate information using appropriate delivery platforms

Legislation Liaison - Deb Kachel (See below for information on Special Committee: Local and State Advocacy)

Conference Committee

Executive Director of Conference

Sarah D  
Sarah DeMaria  

Board Liaison and Co-chair: Laura Ward

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:

    • Planning Conference Schedule, Program, and Events
    • Registration
    • Sponsorships and Exhibits
    • Evaluation and Professional Act 48 Credits

 Local & State Advocacy Committee


Robin Burns Debra Kachel

This special, two-year committee spearheads PSLA’s local and state advocacy efforts towards passage of state legislation specific to school library programs, funding, and staffing. The work of this also addresses building coalitions, communicating legislative alerts, working with Quantum Communications and, and developing advocacy training, toolkits, and other communication tools as needed. The Committee is also responsible for the Take Action portion of the PSLA website.   

Operations Committee


Bob McConnell Vickie Saltzer

Board Liaison: Aimee Emerson

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks:

    • Governance
      • Maintain, monitor, and update the official records (ex. Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws), documents (ex. archives, mission, vision, and strategic plan) and inventory associated with the governing of the Association.
    • Membership
      • Maintain the official membership file and collection of dues
      • Advise the Board on matters related to membership structure and dues
      • Collect data on the status of school library programs within the Commonwealth
    • Leadership Development
      • Identify and develop leadership within the Association
      • Conduct nominations and elections in accordance with the provisions in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association

Affiliate Task Coordinator - 

Archives Coordinator - Sara Webb

Budget Coordinator and Association Treasurer - Sandra Reilly

Governance Coordinators - Sharon Breeden and Peggy Mourer

2019 Leadership Development Task Group - Vickie Saltzer and Bob  McConnell Members: Allison Burrell (membership task coordinator), Caitlin Linsenmann (Affiliate Rep - ECPSLA), Kim Mento (Communications Co-chair) and Beth Shenefiel (Affiliate Rep – WSPLA) 

Listserv/E-list Coordinator - 

Membership Task Coordinators - Allison Burrell and Lindsey Long -  [email protected]

Staffing Survey Coordinator - Allison Burrell and Jennifer Bates - [email protected]

 Teaching & Learning Committee


Janice Conger Karey Killian


Board Liaison: Dustin Brackbill

Contact: [email protected]

Sample Tasks

    • Develop, review and inform members about content related to teaching and learning
      • Curriculum
      • Standards (academic standards, program standards, certification standards)
      • Diverse Learners
      • Teacher Effectiveness
      • Digital Resources (apps, websites, management tools) 
      • Library Administration
      • Promotional Events
    • Deliver content related to teaching and learning utilizing various platforms

Teaching and Learning Standing Task Group - Leadership Academies - Project Director, Dr. Mary Kay Biagini