Membership Committee

Committee Members | Purpose and Objectives

The Membership Committee develops the OLC’s membership recruitment and retention strategies, advises staff on implementation, and promotes OLC membership in a variety of venues and in conjunction with other Committees and Divisions.


Committee Members

Sam Snodgrass, Chair (2021)
Wadsworth Public Library
Work: 330-334-5761

Roger Donaldson, Asst. Chair (2021)
Jackson City Library
Work: 740-395-0688

Lexy Kmiecik, Secretary (2021)
Cleveland Public Library
Work: 216-623-6998

Brenna Hubschman, Student Representative (2021)

Katherine Nix (2023)
Lorain Public Library
Work: 440-244-1192

Kathleen Mockensturm (2023)
Akron-Summit County Public Library
Work: 330-376-2927

Sarah Schellenger (2021)
Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library
Work: 513-665-2809

Maria Sferra (2023)

Board Liaison: Laura Lee Wilson
Staff Liaison: Jeanine D’Andrea


Purpose and Objectives

The Membership Committee is composed of a chair, assistant chair and several at-large members. The committee works in conjunction with other unit coordinators and chairs to publicize OLC and its activities.

Goal 1: To effectively retain established members of OLC.

Objective 1.1: Communicate the benefits of OLC membership with current members.

Action Steps

  • Develop a schedule to promote membership and membership benefits through monthly ACCESS articles.
  • Continue to work with OLC Director of Communications to place Membership Committee information on OLC social media channels. Information may include: reminders to renew OLC membership, benefits of OLC membership, and testimonials regarding OLC member benefits.

Goal 2: To recruit new members to OLC with an emphasis on students.

Objective 2.1: Increase individual membership at libraries in 2021.

Action Steps

  • Drawing for $50 referral for new members
  • Look for partnership opportunities with other committees to promote membership
  • Supply new hire material/letter
  • Change new member packet into a digital format.

Objective 2.2: Promote value of student membership in OLC in 2021.

Action Steps

  • Promote ALA/OLC Joint membership through various means.
  • Continue presence of Student Member Representative on Membership Committee with a term of 1 year to act as a liaison to the library school students at KSU.
  • Student member liaison will investigate possibility of pinning a post promoting OLC/ALA joint membership to blackboard Core Courses and listserv.
  • Raffle one free membership for students in Spring 2021.

GOAL 3: To inspire member engagement and inclusion.

Objective 3.1: Communicate opportunities for member participation in the OLC.

Action Steps

  • Promote current Get Involved form.
  • Post job descriptions of volunteer positions.
  • Use ACCESS articles to advertise for action council and committee openings.

Objective 3.2 Encourage experienced members to strengthen connections with members

Action Steps

  • Obtain testimonials from successful OLC leaders.
  • Create a “Want to be Involved?” webcast or video.
  • Continue marketing on social media.