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Chapters are eight geographic units within the Association. When a person joins the Association, they are assigned to the chapter based upon the county in which they live or work. Chapter membership is a mix of library type and professional interests. Each chapter has an executive committee made up of a chair, chair-elect, secretary/treasurer, nominations chair, publicity chair, and membership chair. Each chapter's executive committee may also have other members to help with special activities. Chapters also have educational and social activities which require volunteers.
Committees are either standing or Ad Hoc. Standing committees of the Association have continuing goals and projects. Chairs of the Membership, Legislative Information and Conference Committees are elected by the membership. All other chairs of the standing committees are appointed by the President. Ad Hoc committees are appointed by the President of the Association and have very specific projects and goals. An Ad Hoc committee can have a specific timetable or exist for multiple years.
Divisions develop and implement a program of action of interest its members. Activities may include programs at the annual conference, workshops, or meetings of interested parties. Currently, there are five Divisions of the Pennsylvania Library Association.
A roundtable brings together members of a similar interest, where such interests cross inter-divisional lines. A roundtable's activities are not confined by library location, library type or library activity.