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Volunteer Opportunities at MLA'17

You can contribute to the success of MLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle by volunteering and ensuring that attendees have a quality experience and that things run smoothly. There are ample opportunities and options from which to choose:

Assembling Annual Meeting Bags

There is such thing as a free lunch!  We are in need of 20-30 people to help assemble the Annual Meeting bags beginning at 1pm on Thursday, May 25th at the Convention Center. There are about 1500 bags that will need to be stuffed with the meeting program, call for papers, guides, etc.  This project takes about 3-4 hours total, and MLA provides lunch to the volunteers.  It’s a fun way to kick off the meeting in a casual, informal setting.  After you volunteer, you get to be the first to check in for the conference and receive your badge and bag.

Hospitality Booth

You can be a local expert!  Volunteers are needed to staff the Hospitality Booth during the hours the conference registration area is open.  You can choose a minimum of two 2-hour blocks, any date and time for the duration of the annual meeting. The Hospitality Booth is often abuzz with activity and people asking for information about things from conference details, to restaurant information, or directions to the light rail station.  You don’t have to be a Seattle local.  There are usually at least 2 people at the booth at a time, and there is information available for booth volunteers to refer to on myriad topics.

Placement Center/Member Resource Room

Prefer something a little more behind the scenes?  We are in need of 2 volunteers per shift to help staff the Job Placement Center/Member Resource Room.  Ideal shifts are two hours each, and the room is open from Saturday - Tuesday.  Volunteers are asked to monitor the room and the equipment, as well as direct visitors to appropriate resources and information.

To indicate your interest in volunteering, please contact:

Hospitality Booth:
Frances Chu, or Andrea Ball,

Assembling Annual Meeting Bags or Placement Center/Member Resource Room:
Gail Kouame, or Carolyn Martin,

We appreciate your willingness to volunteer and make MLA 2017 a success.  Just do it!

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