Meet the Candidates for the MLA 2022 Election

MLA will hold elections from April 4 – 25, 2022. This year MLA members will vote for an MLA President-elect, an ALA Councilor, and three Member-at-Large Board positions. These positions will serve for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2025.

Meet the candidates! Click on their photos below to get to know the candidates for the 2022 Board Election.

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  • According to MLA Bylaws, you must be an active member in one of the following categories to vote: Organizational Members, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Individual Members, Unaffiliated Library Directors, Affiliated and Unaffiliated Trustee Members, Retirees, Lifetime Membersand Students shall be entitled to vote in all matters submitted to a vote of the Members. Please note: Linked Trustees are not eligible to vote.

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President-elect

Scott Duimstra
Executive Director, Capital Area District Libraries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA Councilor

Tashia Miller
Reference and Outreach Librarian, Washtenaw Community College

Kristin Shelley
Director, East Lansing Public Library  

 


 

Member-at-Large

Angela Badke
Tribal Librarian, Ojibwa Community Library           

Loretta Hunter
Learning Resources Coordinator, Wayne County Community College District

Jessica Keyser
Library Director, Grosse Pointe Public Library

Christine Peele 
Branch Manager, Detroit Public Library

Ryan Tackabury 
Digital Services Librarian, Genesee District Library

Sophia Ward Brewer
Serials & Collection Librarian, Grand Rapids Community College; Trustee, Grand Rapids Public Library 

 


 

President-elect

Scott Duimstra HeadshotScott Duimstra
Executive Director, Capital Area District Libraries

Scott Duimstra is an incumbent candidate on the MLA Board of Directors. Scott serves as the Executive Director of the Capital Area District Libraries (CADL). Before becoming Executive Director, he was the supervisor of CADL"s Technical Services and Collection Development departments. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Science in Information degree from the University of Michigan. He currently serves on the boards of the Michigan Library Association and the Capital Area College Access Network (CapCAN). Scott has served as MLA’s Treasurer & Secretary since 2020 and as an MLA Board member from 2019-2022. He is the Chair of the 2022 MLA Annual Conference Committee and has served as a member of the 2018 MLA Annual Conference Committee, and Chair of Fantastic Fiction Committee – 2009. 

Candidate Statement

I am finishing up my first term on the MLA Board. In my time on the Board, serving as a member and the treasurer, I’ve gained the experience and knowledge needed to serve as President-Elect. With my fellow Board members and MLA staff, I have helped in decisions regarding MLA’s initiatives and focus. I feel that MLA is making great progress in advocacy, offering professional development, and building a welcoming and inclusive community, and I would like to continue that work through the role of President-Elect. 

My goals for running for President-Elect are to build on MLA’s role of providing mentorships and new ideas for our profession. I want all members of MLA to feel that they are building their skills to help them in both their current and future positions. Also, I will continue MLA’s focus of ensuring that all programs, services, and events point back to its statement on Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Belonging so that these values become engrained in the education and professional development the organization offers to its members. If elected as President-Elect, please know that I will advocate on your behalf so that you feel protected, prepared, and supported in the library profession. 

 

ALA Councilor


Tashia Miller
Reference and Outreach Librarian, Washtenaw Community College

Tashia Miller serves as a Reference and Outreach Librarian at Washtenaw Community College and an Outreach and Engagement Librarian - Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan. Tashia earned her bachelor’s degree in Written Communication from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Wayne State University. Tashia is an active member of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), where she has served on NCAAL conference planning and ALA Relations committees and is finishing her final year of service as an Executive Board member. She is currently part of the Joint Council for Librarians of Color (JCLC) 2022 Conference planning committee. In 2019, Tashia was selected as the inaugural recipient of the ALA Lois-Ann Gregory Woods fellowship.

She has served for one year on the MLA Nomination Committee, the 2019 MLA Annual Conference workgroup and previously participated in the 2018 Leadership Academy Cohort, as well as the 2018 MLA Academic Conference workgroup.

Candidate Statement

In my career I have benefited greatly from the services provided by MLA. Workshops, scholarships and being able to serve as a member of conference planning and election committees gave me the experience and confidence to volunteer for national organizations. These have included serving on the Executive Committee for the Black Caucus for the American Library Association (BCALA) and receiving the honor of being the inaugural recipient of the 2019 ALA Lois-Ann Gregory Woods fellowship. This fellowship focused on education and training new librarians on the inner workings of ALA Governance. 

MLA provided me the opportunities to grow as a librarian and I want to use what I have learned to represent the state of Michigan and MLA as your counselor. MLA has given me and so many others so much, I want to use this opportunity to give back.

 

Kristin Shelley headshotKristin Shelley
Director, East Lansing Public Library           

Since January 2011, Kristin Shelley has been the Director of the East Lansing Public Library (ELPL). Before that, she worked at the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio as the Deputy Director. Prior to working at Worthington Libraries, Kristin was a librarian in the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. Kristin has served as chairperson of the Ohio Library Council’s Diversity Conference and on the Board of the Ohio Library Council and has served as a member of the American Library Association’s Spectrum Advisory Committee. Kristin has served as Committee Chair of the Woodlands Cooperative Personnel Committee and is a member of the City of East Lansing’s Age-Friendly Community Committee, as well as the One Book, One Community Committee. She also serves on the the City of East Lansing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She currently serves as a member of the East Lansing Rotary Club Board. Kristin served on the MLA Board of Directors from 2017-2021 serving two years as Board President in 2018-2020. She is currently a Member-at-Large on the MLA Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the MLA Statewide Library Marketing and PR workgroup.

Candidate Statement

I am running for the American Library Association (ALA) Councilor position on the Michigan Library Association Board (MLA) because I am committed to the work the MLA and the ALA do to advocate and support libraries. I love advocating for all libraries. I have long been interested in the councilor work at ALA and how ALA can best support Michigan libraries, library staff, and library initiatives. I am especially interested, now as ALA looks at realigning the organization and the councilor roles, on how MLA will continue to be heard and seen at ALA. 

I have worked my entire career to establish diverse and equitable libraries. I fully support MLA’s work on diversity, equity, accessibility, and belonging. If elected, I will continue to strive for more diverse representation in MLA and look at MLA’s policies and budget with an equitable lens. I will put my convictions and MLA’s Diversity Statement into action. I will strive to be a listening ear and sounding board between Michigan libraries, MLA and ALA.

Member-at-Large

Angela Badke
Tribal Librarian, Ojibwa Community Library           

Angela has served as the Tribal Librarian for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community at the Ojibwa Community Library, Baraga, MI since 2015. Before that, she served as an instructor of Composition and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Michigan Technological University. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Journalism from Michigan Technological University, a Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University, and is currently earning a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University. Angela has been an MLA member since 2021.  

Candidate Statement

My name is Angela Badke. I am a tribal member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and currently serve as their Tribal Librarian. I am running for a seat on the Michigan Library Association Board of Directors to serve and advocate for all Michigan libraries. 

My goal as a board member is to advocate for continued action within Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives at the Michigan Library Association. This may look like supporting BIPOC businesses and authors or advocating for BIPOC library staff or underrepresented libraries such as tribal or small and rural spaces. Equity, diversity, accessibility, and belonging are important to me and, I’ve dedicated most of my library career working toward bringing cultural awareness and advocating for representation of marginalized groups in library spaces and believe strongly in continuing that work with the MLA. 

If elected, I bring nearly a decade of experience working in the library, serving my community, and negotiating spaces of cultural, computer, and word-based literacy.

Loretta Hunter
Learning Resources Coordinator, Wayne County Community College District

Loretta Hunter is an incumbent candidate on the MLA Board of Directors. Loretta has worked for more than 18 years as a professional librarian and has served as the Learning and Resources Coordinator for the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) for 14 years. Before her work at WCCC, she served as librarian at Redford Township District Library, as Reference & Instructional Services Librarian at Marygrove College Library, and as Library Clerk at Wayne State University, Science & Engineering Library. Hunter holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wayne State University. She has been an individual member of MLA since 2006 and has served on the MLA Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large since 2020. 

Candidate Statement

As an Academic Librarian, it is important to continue to support the Michigan Library Association and keep the connections in place for solidarity, advocacy and support of all libraries of all types in Michigan. I am passionate about the value each and every library brings to support the importance of literacy and advocating for access to resources. As Librarians, it is our goal to empower each library patron with the mind of an independent critical thinker. With the constant growth of electronic resources, we as librarians must be willing to adapt to change. We must provide the best access to our patrons’ informational needs without barriers or restrictions. It would be an honor to continue to serve on the MLA Board.

Jessica KeyserJessica Keyser
Library Director, Grosse Pointe Public Library

Jessica Keyser is an incumbent candidate on the MLA Board of Directors. Jessica has been the director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library (GPPL) for five years. Before joining GPPL, Jessica was the director of the Ferndale Area District Library and the Hazel Park Memorial Library. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts with a co-major in English and Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Wayne State University. Jessica currently serves on the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club Board of Directors. Jessica has been a member of MLA since 2010. She served as Vice-Chair (2020-2021) and Chair (2021-2022) of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, and she has presented at marketing meetings and numerous MLA conferences. Jessica was appointed in 2021 as a Member-at Large on the MLA Board of Directors.

Candidate Statement

My goal as an MLA Board member is to empower all libraries throughout the state of Michigan to be financially sustainable, safe, and welcoming to all. I have over ten years of experience working in public libraries throughout Metro Detroit and have served as the Director at three public libraries. I have successfully passed millages at all three libraries during my tenure as Director, re-formed from a PA 164 to a District Library, and carried out ambitious capital improvements. 

Since 2017, I have served on MLA’s Legislative and Advocacy Committee, which I am currently chairing. Advocacy for libraries is more important than ever, as we are facing a record number of book challenges, as well as proposed legislation to limit our ability to have millages on the ballot, diversion of penal fines, and other obstacles.   Michigan libraries MUST present a united front and work together to champion our core professional values and advocate for the resources we need to provide life-changing services to our communities. Advocacy must be integral to the MLA Board, and I am uniquely positioned to advance advocacy efforts at the board level. Thank you for your consideration.

Christine Peele
Branch Manager, Detroit Public Library

Christine Peele has served as a Public Service Librarian for over twenty years at the Detroit Public Library. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from Wayne State University. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Detroit Public Library Author Series and of the award-winning African American Booklist. Christine is also a member of DPL's Overdrive/Libby Collection. She was a member of the MLA Multicultural Roundtable. She presented at a past MLA conference "Tips on Building an Urban Fiction Collection".

Candidate Statement

My name is Christine Peele and I have been a librarian at the Detroit Public Library for over 20 years. I am running for MLA Board because the voices of librarians that work with minority communities need to be better represented.  I also believe that people of color that are considering a career in libraries need to see themselves represented in all areas of the profession. My hope is that I can encourage other librarians of color that now is the time to join MLA. I am hoping to influence MLA leadership to continue to reach to communities of color. I am also hoping that my presence on the MLA Board will give me the opportunity to participate in conversations that will lead to the changes that MLA needs to make to become a more welcoming environment for everyone. 

Ryan Tackabury
Digital Services Librarian, Genesee District Library

Ryan Tackabury has worked in libraries for over fifteen years, currently serving as the Digital Services Librarian for the Genesee District Library. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, from the University of Michigan, Flint, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan Flint, and a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. He has previously served as Vice President of the Fenton Arts Council. Since 2020, he has been a member of the third cohort of the Library Freedom Project. He currently serves on MLA’s Statewide Library Marketing and PR workgroup.

Candidate Statement

It is an honor to have been nominated by my colleagues, whom I both respect and admire. Their kind words have encouraged me to take my passion for serving the public on a personal level, to serving Michigan libraries on a leadership level. They have empowered me to take on this challenge, and for that I am grateful. 

Nothing I have accomplished as a Librarian have I achieved alone. The accomplishments that I am most proud of have been achieved in collaboration with others.  The Michigan Library Association is guided by that same spirit of collaboration; working together makes us stronger. We must look for every opportunity to include the experiences of others, because it strengthens us as a whole.

Librarians are educated, passionate, caring, and sometimes reserved. I will use my position as an MLA Board member to encourage others to share their experiences and ideas. It is not enough to speak passively of equity, diversity, and inclusion – we must pursue this cause actively. As my colleagues have empowered me, I want to use this opportunity to return the favor and empower others and work collaboratively to advance our Michigan libraries. 

Sophia Ward Brewer
Serials & Collection Librarian, Grand Rapids Community College; Trustee, Grand Rapids Public Library 

Sophia Ward Brewer has been a librarian for more than 20 years and has worked in libraries for more than 30. She has served in roles from entry-level to supervision, from academic to public, from technical services to reference, and as an Interim Director. She is currently a Collection Development and Reference Librarian at the Grand Rapids Community College and a citywide elected Library Commissioner for the Grand Rapids Public Library. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Jackson State University and a Master of Information Science Degree from Wayne State University. She serves as current past-president on the Greater Grand Rapids Women History Board. She also serves on the Grand Rapids Civilians Appeals Board and currently writes a weekly column in the Grand Rapids Times Newspaper, which is a local paper focused on the African American market. Sophia has been a member of MLA at various times and has previously presented with co-workers at the MLA's Annual Conference. She was a Spectrum Initiative Scholar in 1998.

Candidate Statement

I honestly don't know where I would be if I had not discovered libraries. Libraries have been much more than a career choice for me; they have provided the foundation upon which I stand today. Like libraries, access, democracy, diversity, education, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, service, and social responsibilities are all values I align with personally and professionally. Therefore, as someone who has gained a lot from libraries, serving on the MLA Board will allow me the opportunity to give back and ensure that others can take advantage of the many benefits libraries provide.

Today, we are mired in national debates that threaten our very foundation. Because of this, Library leadership positions require strategic, reflective, and visionary people. The skills and insights I have acquired leave me well suited to meet these requirements and advance Michigan Libraries as a Board member. I believe you will find that I am an authentic leader with the knowledge, history, and ability to step up and cultivate meaningful relationships and collaborations. My work history includes extensive strategic planning, Diversity Equity & Inclusion work, program development, and more. Please consider electing me for the MLA Board of Directors.

 

 


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