MLA's Strategic Plan

Core Values

MLA is committed to:

Access- Music and information about music should be findable, accessible, and preserved.

Inclusivity- The Association welcomes members who work with all types of collections and all types of music in all types of settings, exclusive of organizational affiliation. We value diversity in our membership and the collections we manage.

Collaboration– The Association reaches out to and cooperates with individuals and institutions involved in music creation, publishing, and the dissemination chain.

Expertise- The Association fosters excellence in music librarianship through the professional development of its members.

Advancement of knowledge about music- The Association promotes research and scholarship by members and non-members on all topics pertaining to aspects of music.

Fairness and Transparency- The Association exercises fairness in its decision making and transparency in its operations.

MLA Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives


MLA embraces the evolution of music librarianship, recognizing that the value of the services provided by its members transcends physical collections.

Goal Area: Organizational Excellence

Goal Statement: MLA’s operations are efficient, effective and transparent.

Objective 1: Develop and sustain the necessary resources to ensure the vitality of the Association, its programs and services.

Objective 2: Improve access to information by and about the Association to meet the needs of members and other interested parties.

Objective 3: Pursue joint ventures with other organizations that offer financial as well as professional opportunities and advantages.

Goal Area: Value of the Profession

Goal Statement: MLA’s activities are relevant to current issues in librarianship and music, and non-members understand the mission and goals of the Association.

Objective 1: Increase the visibility of MLA among library and music organizations, individual scholars, musicians and librarians.

Objective 2: Increase the visibility of MLA to media organizations and social media networks.

Objective 3: Use new technologies to build greater public awareness, understanding and support for the Association, music libraries and music librarianship.

Goal Area: Advocacy

Goal Statement: MLA promotes and supports the equitable and ethical use of music in learning, it participates in the evolution of scholarly communication, and its official positions on these issues are widely known and influential.

Objective 1: Develop and disseminate official positions on intellectual property, access, and scholarly communication issues.

Objective 2: Enable and encourage members’ individual advocacy efforts.

Objective 3: Publish open access content on the web.

Objective 4: Increase legislators’, publishers’ and vendors’ awareness of the Association’s official positions on intellectual property issues.

Objective 5: Promote and encourage the use of music in all disciplines.

Goal Area: Membership

Goal Statement: Membership in MLA is valued by and beneficial to a broad range of organizations and individuals, and membership reflects the broad diversity of musics and populations we serve.

Objective 1: Increase outreach efforts to members from underrepresented groups.

Objective 2: Increase outreach efforts to organizations that are underrepresented, including those whose holdings reflect many types of music.

Objective 3: Investigate opportunities to offer institutional members cooperative buying agreements that provide valuable resources at reasonable costs.

Goal Area: Education

Goal Statement: MLA’s professional development programs foster excellence in those who work with music collections.

Objective 1: Increase enrollment in MLA-sponsored training and professional development programs.

Objective 2: Use technology to provide training and professional development opportunities through webcasts and other web-based workshops.

Goal Area: Technology

Goal Statement: MLA makes effective use of technology to achieve its mission.

Objective 1: Develop a plan to improve and sustain the Association’s information technology infrastructure and expertise in order to better support the work of MLA officers and groups.

Objective 2: Provide systems that support collaboration among members and that permit direct and timely publication of approved content to the web.


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About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.