Committees and User Groups

PrairieCat has several member committees and user groups. These committee provide valuable input for the organization. 

organization structure

See the Governance page for details on the governing bodies and board committees. 


Circulation Committee

Charge: This 11 member Standing Committee discusses circulation and OPAC topics. It is empowered to make decision on procedure and some policy decisions, and to make recommendations to the Administrative Council for higher level policy decisions. It also reviews circulation procedures and works together to resolve circulation issues.

Committee Membership: Elected by Delegates Assembly

Meetings: The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the 11 members vote. Meeting minutes will be shared with the Circulation and OPAC user community shortly after each meeting. 

Circulation Committee Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)

Circulation Committee February 2023 Meeting Documents

Technical Services Committee

Charge: This 11 member Standing Committee discusses technical services topics. It is empowered to make decision on procedure and some policy decisions, and to make recommendations to the Administrative Council for higher level policy decisions. It also reviews technical services procedures and works together to resolve technical services issues.

Committee Membership: Elected by Delegates Assembly

Meetings: The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the 11 members vote. Meeting minutes will be shared with the Technical Services user community shortly after each meeting. 

Technical Services Committee Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)

Technical Services Committee February 2023 Meeting Documents

Technical Services Committee April 2023 Meeting Documents

Technical Services Library Contact List (log in to access) 

MARC/MARC Trainee Catalogers 

Charge: The MARC/MARC trainee Catalogers meeting addresses cataloging topics and issues to ensure integrity of the database.

Membership: MARC/MARC trainee Catalogers

Meetings: The meetings are open meetings, so anyone is welcome to attend, but only the MARC/MARC trainee Catalogers vote. Meeting minutes will be shared with the Technical Services user community shortly after each meeting.

MARC Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)

MARC February Meeting Documents


The following committees are Advisory Groups and membership is open. Contact the committee lead for more details. 

Engagement Committee

Charge: The Engagement Committee works to actively engage members at all levels, to create connections and advance the organization through activities like PrairieCat's annual conference PUG Day, peer networking opportunities, and more.

Membership: Open, contact Elizabeth Smith to volunteer. 

Engagement Committee Meetings/Documents (Upcoming) 

Training & Enhancements Committee

Charge: This committee creates training resources for staff and patrons, and reviews and recommends potential enhancements suggested by the PrairieCat staff and members for submission to Innovative. 

Membership: Open, contact Elizabeth Smith to volunteer. 

Training & Enhancements Committee Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)

Union List Representatives

Four Union List member representatives are elected for two year terms and meet semi-annually with PrairieCat staff, or as needed more frequently, to review Union List issues. Union List members are also welcome to run for seats on the Circulation Committee or the Technical Services Committee, where general decisions on policies and procedures are discussed. 

FY2024 UL Reps: 

  • Connie Baele | Mineral-Gold Public Library  
  • Ann Marie Jinkins | Rochelle Township High School
  • Jacqy Peterson | Rockridge Schools
  • Julie Voss | Forreston Public Library

Union List Representatives Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)

User Experience Committee

Charge: The User Experience Committee addresses interface issues like ematerials integration, website development, and the potential for other user enhancements to PrairieCat’s systems.

Membership: Open, contact Carolyn Coulter to volunteer. 

User Experience committee Meetings/Documents (Upcoming)