MELSA relies on the contributions of its member libraries to achieve shared goals and projects. Collaboration is reached through teams, interest groups, and task forces. The members of each team, interest group, and task force are appointed by the MELSA Advisory Board.
MELSA interest groups facilitate the sharing of ideas, information, local program activity, and future planning within a specific area.
Each library system appoints a member to participate in each of the MELSA teams, and meetings occur on a regular basis throughout the year.
Youth Services Team
Discusses library services for youth.
Collaborates on library technology issues
Focuses on ensuring consistent promotion of MELSA-wide programs/resources/campaigns
Oversees the selection of metro-wide purchases of electronic databases and tools.
Collection Development Team
Focuses on library collection questions that have MELSA-wide scope and impact.
Member libraries may choose to appoint a representative to each interest group.
World Language Interest Group
Brings collection staff from MELSA library systems together to better inform and support the work that they do related to collecting materials in languages other than English
Volunteer Interest Group
Discusses a variety of concerns related to how to recruit, recognize, and best use volunteers in the libraries.
Teen Services Interest Group
Discusses library services for teens.
Jobs & Small Business Interest Group
Focused on sharing resources and expertise, and modeling best practice in the field
Facilities Interest Group
Examines issues related to facilities
Circulation Interest Group
Examines issues related to the circulation of materials within and between the MELSA libraries
Adult Programming Interest Group
Focuses on developing and reviewing metro-wide programming resources, and events targeted toward adult library users.
Legacy Amendment Task Force
Coordinates programs funded by Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment.
Accessibility Task Force
Maintains and enhances the Disability Resources site.