Officers: Special Officers

There are eight special officers of the Music Library Association, as listed below. They coordinate and oversee advertising, the MLA archive, the annual convention, development affairs, the MLA Placement Service, publicity for MLA, and the Association's web site, respectively.

Archived MLA Special Officer Job Descriptions

Current Job Descriptions

The Advertising Manager is responsible for coordinating the advertising for NOTES and on the MLA web site. In this capacity, the Advertising Manager sells advertising space to current, new, and "lapsed" advertisers through direct mail and telephone campaigns and attendance at conferences.

The MLA Archivist is a special officer of MLA whose principal responsibility is to oversee MLA’s archives activities. Duties include serving as MLA’s official contact with the Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA), University of Maryland, owner and custodian of the MLA Archives.

The Convention Manager and Assistant Convention Manager are authorized by the President and the Board to coordinate and oversee the planning of national meetings of the Association.

The Development Officer oversees the development/fund-raising functions of the Association, and works closely with MLA's Board of Directors, Administrative Officer, Business Office, and President to foster a culture of philanthropy that supports fund development and the organization's mission.

The Placement Officer manages the Association's Placement Service, a clearinghouse for information about positions available and music librarians seeking positions. The Placement Officer disseminates descriptions of those positions via MLA’s website.

The Publicity & Outreach Officer promotes the interests and activities of the Association by cultivating an overarching vision of promotion and outreach for MLA, then coordinating and overseeing MLA’s presence, both in person at the Association’s Annual Meeting and other conferences, and through electronic and print venues.

The Web Manager, working in close collaboration with and utilizing the support of the Web Committee, has final responsibility for overseeing visual design, functionality, and content creation on the Music Library Association's web presence.

The descriptions above are abbreviated and should not be taken as complete position descriptions.




Advertising Manager (appointed 2019)
Stephen L. Mantz
Assistant Convention Manager (appointed 2020)
Z. Sylvia Yang
Assistant Web Editor, 2020-2021
Katie Buehner
Convention Manager (appointed 2020)
Andrew Justice
Development Officer (appointed 2017)
Lindsay J. Brown
MLA Archivist (appointed 2017)
Melissa E. Wertheimer
Placement Officer (appointed 2017)
Sara D. Outhier
Publicity & Outreach Officer (appointed 2018)
Lisa Shiota
Web Editor, 2020-2023
Stephen P. Henry


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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.