Professional Organization: Music Library Students and Emerging Professionals Group (MLStEP)
The Music Library Students and Emerging Professionals group (MLStEP) is currently running a membership drive. If you’re interested in music or performing arts librarianship and want to make connections across the field, you should consider joining! Membership provides a chance for professional development and they’re looking for diversity across their general membership and leadership.
MLStEP is a part of the Music Library Association (MLA), and is sponsored by the MLA Career Development and Services Committee. As an organization, MLStEP provides a chance for students and emerging professionals to network and learn from one another, both by social gatherings at national and chapter MLA meetings and through the dissemination of information about internships, jobs, grants, and other applicable opportunities of interest via an email list and social media accounts. Membership in MLStEP provides a chance for professional development by serving in leadership positions on the MLStEP board, or as MLA chapter liaisons. Are are welcome, and the group strives for diversity in both general membership and leadership.
Previously, they were known as the Music Library Student Group (MLSG), but in the last few years MLStEP have restructured to include emerging professionals. The MLStEP officers hope that by having an organization for both students and emerging professionals interested in or involved with music and performing arts librarianship, it will provide the opportunity for students to build connections with their colleagues who are in their first few years in the field, and that these links will lead to collaborations that will benefit everybody.
If you are studying or interested in music and/or performing librarianship, you should consider joining this organization. Joining is easy—simply fill out this Google form, and you will be added to the membership roster and email list.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Yuri Shimoda, MLStEP Membership Officer.