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MLA Member Benefits

Your membership connects you to a powerful network of libraries, library staff and supporters, who are passionate about the library profession and the critical importance of libraries to our society. MLA membership provides you with tools and resources to help advance the library profession, promote and protect our libraries and provide the best possible library service to our communities. We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities that membership with MLA provides.

 Organization BenefitsIndividual & Student Benefits | Strategic Partner Benefits

 

Organization Benefits of MLA Membership

Organizational benefits include a complimentary individual membership for the library director or dean. All individuals representing their organization receive a vote on items brought before the membership at the Annual Meeting and for Board positions. 

Advocacy and Leadership

  • Representation by Michigan’s premier bipartisan lobbying firm, Governmental Consulting Services, Inc. (GCSI) 
  • The opportunity to help set MLA’s legislative agenda, represent your library’s interests, and help promote and protect library services and funding in Michigan 
  • Advocacy training and support for your library 
  • Statements from MLA leadership address challenging issues that affect Michigan libraries and library staff 
  • Access to state and national legislators through MLA’s website 
  • MLA initiatives and events like Michigan Library Advocacy Day mobilize library supporters from across Michigan to protect and promote library services and funding  

Connections and Recognition

  • Advocacy updates, breaking news alerts, and monthly newsletters, including MLA’s Primary Source with the latest updates from the association, and News and Views, our curated roundup of library news 
  • Inclusion in the Organizational Member Library Directory and access to an exclusive and secure online individual member directory 
  • Membership supports statewide partnerships and collaborations that unite all Michigan libraries, promote education and literacy and advance arts and culture in Michigan 
  • Eligibility for statewide recognition through the Michigan Library Awards and other statewide celebrations and initiatives 
  • Linked Trustee memberships connect and engage your board in statewide advocacy efforts  

Employee and Board Benefits

  • Complimentary membership for the library director or dean and complimentary Linked Trustee memberships for your entire library board 
  • 50% discount on staff individual memberships 
  • Discounts on job postings 
  • Access to scholarships for individual members to attend MLA events 
  • Discounts on all Linked Trustee event registrations 
  • Group invoicing options for libraries that purchase individual memberships for staff  
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Individual & Student Benefits of MLA Membership

* Student members enjoy a joint membership with the American Library Association (ALA).

Advocacy

  • Representation by Michigan’s premier bipartisan lobbying firm, Governmental Consulting Services, Inc. (GCSI)
  • The opportunity to help set MLA’s legislative agenda and represent your library’s interests
  • Advocacy training and support for your library
  • Access to state and national legislators through MLA’s website
  • MLA initiatives and events like Michigan Library Advocacy Day mobilize library supporters to protect and promote library services and funding                

Education

  • Individual members receive s 50% discount on registration for webinars, workshops and conferences
  • Access to archived webinars and conference sessions on MLA’s website
  • Opportunities to apply for scholarships through MLA’s Education Fund
  • Advocacy updates, breaking news alerts, and monthly newsletters, including MLA’s Primary Source with the latest updates from the association, and News and Views, our curated roundup of library news

Engagement

  • Eligibility to participate in committees and workgroups
  • Formal and informal networking opportunities throughout the year
  • Presentation opportunities at MLA conferences and events
  • Eligibility to participate in the MLA Mentor program as a mentee or a mentor
  • Access to an exclusive and secure online member-to-member directory
  • Eligibility for statewide recognition through the Michigan Library Awards
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Strategic Partner Member Benefits

Connections

  • Strategic Partner membership helps support our statewide partnerships and collaborations that unite all Michigan libraries, foster healthy communities, promote education and literacy and advance arts and culture in Michigan 
  • Members have access to formal and informal networking opportunities throughout the year!
  • Be the first to know about presentation opportunities at MLA conferences and events
  • Gain access to an exclusive and secure online member-to-member directory 
  • Listing with your organization’s name and contact information in our partner directory  

Information

  • Timely advocacy updates, breaking news alerts, and monthly newsletters, including MLA’s Primary Source with the latest updates from the association, and News and Views, our curated roundup of library news, keep members connected and informed about the latest news and trends in libraries 
  • Access to significant discounts on MIRS Subscriptions for the latest Capitol news every week 

Discounts

  • Your organization representative receives a 50% discount on event registration to attend conferences, workshops or networking events 
  • 10% Discounts on exhibiting at our annual conference and our Spring Institute for Youth Services conference 
  • 10% Discounts on advertising in our conference program books 
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