|Professional Development Calendar|
|Individual Grant Application Deadline||Committee Meeting Date||May 28, 2021||Jun 4, 2021||Jun 30, 202||Aug 6, 2021||Sep 24, 2021||Oct 1, 2021|
|Nov 26, 2021||Dec 3, 2021|
|State Association Grant Application Deadlines|
|01 February (spring conferences)|
|01 June (fall conferences)|
The Professional Development Committee supports avenues of continuing education and research experiences for individuals employed in the library or related professions in the Mountain Plains region by: coordinating MPLA grants for state association pre and post conferences, sponsoring and coordinating MPLA professional development grants, exploring avenues of continuing education in the region, such as establishment of a regional clearinghouse, with recommendations to be made to the Executive Board, and recommending programs or areas of continuing education concern to the Program Council. A Chair and three members are appointed by the President. No two members should be from the same state. Committee members are appointed by the President for two year terms and appointments are staggered to provide continuity. New members are appointed within two months following the annual meeting. Committee appointees should have been active in MPLA for at least three years in order to be knowledgeable about people and concerns in the area. If possible, there should be representation from the state(s) in which conference(s) will be held. The Chair should have served on the committee at least one year. When possible, the Chair should be appointed from one of the second year committee members to serve a third year on the committee.