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Committees and work groups selected during an annual call for volunteers help guide the work of MLA through identifying and developing future leaders, advising on the latest trends, planning educational events such as conferences and workshops, and selecting award winners. The Call for Volunteers is issued each spring. Learn more about participating.

2020-2021 Standing Committees

Advocacy and Legislative Committee

Monitors legislative and policy issues impacting libraries and makes policy recommendations to the board. Informs and educates members about state legislation and policy issues. Contact legislators as needed to educate them about library concerns.

Jenny Marr

Chair: Jenny Marr
Ferndale Area District Library

Betty Adams headshot

Betty Adams
Leanna Hicks Public Library

Shirley Bruursema

Shirley Bruursema
Kent District Library

 

Bryan Cloutier

Bryan Cloutier
Oxford Public Library

Riti Grover

Riti Grover
Farmington Community Library

Jessica Keyser

Jessica Keyser
Grosse Pointe Public Library

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Katherine Lester
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Cindy Mack headshot

Cindy Mack
Brighton District Library

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough
Willard Library

Clare Membiela
Library of Michigan

Deborah E. Mikula  headshot

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association


 

Larry Neal
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Jasmine Parker

Jasmine Parker
Ferndale Area District Library

Dale Parus
Ionia Community Library

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Kelly Richards
Muskegon Area District Library


 

Mary Rzepczynski
Delta Township District Library

Erin Schmandt

Erin Schmandt
Caro Area District Library

Kristin Shelley headshot

Kristin Shelley
MLA Past President, East Lansing Public Library

Vanessa Verdun-Morris
Taylor Community Library


 

Ryan Wieber
Kalamazoo Public Library

Professional Development and Networking Committee

Anticipates emerging trends and hot topics. Works with staff as a think tank for ideas and insight to help identify the kinds of training our members will need to excel in the libraries of the future as well as today.

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Amber Alexander
Library Director
Presque Isle District Library

Scott Duimstra Headshot

 Scott Duimstra
Library Director
Capital Area District Library

Jennifer Dye

Jennifer Dye
Detroit Public Library

Loretta Hunter
LRC Coordinator
Wayne County Community College District

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Katharyn Jones
Portage District Library

Dennis Kreps

Dennis Kreps
Bridgman Public Library

Maria McCarville headshot

Maria McCarville
Public Libraries of Saginaw

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Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association

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 Ann Neff-Rohs
Jackson District Library

Michael Postula

Michael Postula
Ann Arbor District Library

Karren Reish

Karren Reish
Library of Michigan

Sarah Rick

Sarah Rick
Michigan Department of Corrections

Katherine Rothley headshot

Katherine Rothley
Lyon Township Public Library

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Lisa Valerio-Nowc

Lisa Valerio-Nowc
Farmington Community Library

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Cultivates leadership potential within MLA membership to maintain strong and effective governance and solicits and evaluates nominations of candidates for service on the MLA Board of Directors.

Meghan Brody

Meghan Brody
Michigan State University Libraries

Pamela Christensen
West End Health Foundation

Mollie Freier

Mollie Freier
Northern Michigan University

Val Meyerson

Valerie L. Meyerson
Petoskey District Library

Deborah E. Mikula  headshot

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association

Kristin Shelley headshot

Kristin Shelley
Library Director
East Lansing Public Library

Eric Stanton

Eric Stanton
Capital Area District Libraries

Kate Van Auken headshot

Kate Van Auken
White Pine Library Cooperative

Finance Committee

Provides financial oversight for the organization, including budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies in support of the MLA Board of Directors.

Scott Duimstra Headshot

Scott Duimstra
Library Director
Capital Area District Library

Tim Gleisner
Head of Special Collections
Library of Michigan

Karen Knox headshot

Karen Knox
Library Director
Orion Township Public Library

Deborah E. Mikula  headshot

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association

2020-2021 Professional Development Work Groups

Academic Libraries Work Group

The Academic Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Chapter program work group works to promote the role and work of libraries on college and university campuses and plan and offer professional development opportunities and support to professional and support staff. This work group replaces the Academic Libraries Interest Group.

Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Lake Superior State University

Jennifer Dean headshot

Jennifer L. Dean
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

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Kristin Fontichiaro
University of Michigan

Mollie Freier

Mollie Freier
Northern Michigan University

Kathy Irwin

Kathy Irwin
Central Michigan University

Deborah E. Mikula  headshot

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association

Tashia Munson

Tashia Munson
Washtenaw Community College

Stacy Nowicki

Stacy Nowicki
Kalamazoo College Upjohn Library

Monique Oldfield headshot

Monique Oldfield
Wayne State University Libraries

Monica Porter

Monica Porter
University of Michigan

Michele Pratt headshot

Michele Pratt
Delta College Library 

Jill Sodt

Jill Sodt
Mott Comity College

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Allie VanDoren
Lake Superior State University

Leslie Warren

Leslie Warren
Northern Michigan University

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Jacqueline Wrosch
Eastern Michigan University

 

 

 

Trustee Work Group

The new trustee work group will assist in planning and creating programming, events and resources to assist Trustees in their roles.

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Burton Brooks
Loutit District Library

Jeff Croff

Jeff Croff
Capital Area District Libraries

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Jeffrey Hopp
Presque Isle District Library

Deborah E. Mikula  headshot

Deborah E. Mikula
Executive Director
Michigan Library Association

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore
Kalamazoo Public Library

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

MaryAnne Thorndycraft headshot

MaryAnne Thorndycraft
Orion Township Library

 

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Amy Zaagman
East Lansing Public Library 

MLA 2021 Annual Conference

Annual Conference is a three-day conference scheduled for October 28-30, 2020 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The work group assists in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

Chair: Claire Lopiccolo
Romeo District Library

Mollie Barkovich

Mollie Barkovich
Gobles Elementary School Library

Lynn Bieszka

Lynn Bieszka
Warren Public Library

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Mattie Cook
Flat River Community Library

Betsy Hull

Betsy Hull
Capital Area District Libraries

Sean Lyons

Sean Lyons
Capital Area District Libraries

Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

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Jill Spreitzer
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

 
     

MLA 2020 Virtual Conference

The new virtual MLA 2020 conference is scheduled for October 28 & 29 2020. The work group assists in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

Kevin King

Chair: Kevin King
Kalamazoo Public Library

Vice-Chair: Claire Lopiccolo
Romeo District Library

Amber Alexander headshot

Amber Alexander
Presque Isle District Library

Mattie Cook headshot

Mattie Cook
Flat River Community Library

Tim Gleisner
Library of Michigan

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Jill Lansky
Kalamazoo Public Library

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Bethany Maley
Kalamazoo Public Library

Sherri McConnell headshot

Sherri McConnell
Capital Area District Libraries

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Terri New
Kalamazoo Public Library

James Pugh

James Pugh
Orion Township Public Library 

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

 

Jill Spreitzer headshot

Jill Spreitzer
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

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Andrea Vernola
Kalamazoo Public Library

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Jacqueline Wrosch
Eastern Michigan University

   

Spring Institute 2021

This two-day conference brings together approximately 200 statewide children and teen service librarians to share, learn and experience best practices. Help plan valuable programming that includes national award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Chair: Sara Magnuson
Kent District Library

Elissa Zimmer

Vice-chair: Elissa Zimmer
Ferndale Area District Library

Jill Anderson headshot

Jill Anderson
Kent District Library

Anne Heidemann headshot

Anne Heidemann
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries

Jocelyn Levin headshot

Jocelyn Levin
Lyon Township Public Library

Dena Moscheck

Dena Moscheck
Bay County Library System - Wirt Public Library

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Ariel Wiborn

Ariel Wiborn
Veteran's Memorial Library

Spring Institute 2020 - Now Fall Institute Preconference

Beth Lowe

Chair: Beth Lowe

Vice-Chair: Sara Magnuson
Kent District Library

Karen Blackledge headshot

Karen Blackledge
Muskegon Area District Library

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Amanda Heidema
Herrick District Library

Jocelyn Levin headshot

Jocelyn Levin
Lyon Township Public Library

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Emily Marsh
Bay County Library System

Dena Moscheck

Dena Moscheck
Bay County Library System - Wirt Public Library

Jessica Parji

Jessica Parij
Canton Public Library

Monica Porter

Monica Porter
University of Michigan

Amber Sheerin Headshot

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

 

Elissa Zimmer

Elissa Zimmer
Ferndale Area District Library

 
 

Michigan Library Awards

Reviews and updates award guidelines, encourages nominations, reviews nominees and selects the winners for our MLA professional recognition awards including the Librarian of the Year, Heart of a Champion, Rising Star, Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth and Legislator of the Year. The Awards Committee also works closely with the annual conference work group that is planning the annual awards gala.

Lauren Arnsman

Lauren Arnsman
Kalamazoo Public Library and Kellogg Community College

Rachel Ash headshot

Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Jolee Hamlin

Jolee Hamlin
Capital Area District Libraries

Karen Knox headshot

Karen Knox
Orion Township Public Library

Cathy Russ

 Cathleen Russ
Troy Public Library

Sonya Norris

Sonya Schryer Norris
Library of Michigan

 

 

 

2021 Literary Award Work Groups

Mitten Award

Recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in picture book format. Read more about the Mitten Award here.

Kimberlee Gardner

Chair: Kimberlee Gardner
Rochester Hills Public Library

Angela Warsinske headshot

Chair: Angela Warsinske
Rochester Hills Public Library

Rachel Ash headshot

Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Adrienne Baker headshot

Adrienne Baker
Herrick District Library

Ashley Lehman

Ashley Lehman
Orion Township Public Library

Kirsten Malzahn headshot

Kirsten Malzahn
Novi Public Library

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Ashlee McClaughry
Bloomfield Township Library

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Kathleen Merucci
Salem-South Lyon District Library

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Everett Pine
Ferndale Area District Library

Lisa Rodkey

Lisa Rodkey
Kent District Library

Keegan Sulecki

Keegan Sulecki
Troy Public Library
 

YouPer (Young Person) Award

Recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in chapter book format. Read more about the YouPer Award here.

Brittany Wesner headshot

Chair: Brittany Wesner
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Lisa Boyd

Vice-Chair: Lisa Boyd
Canton Public Library

Rachel Ash headshot

Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Robert Chartrand

Robert Chartrand
Capital Area District Libraries

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Maeve Devlin
Cromaine District Library

Heather Draft headshot

Heather Draft
Cromaine District Library

Jessica Keeler

Jessica Keeler

Jamie Klos

Jamie Klos
Clarkston Independence District Library

Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough

Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough
Belleville Area District Library

Cassie Veselovsky

Cassie Veselovsky
Capital Area District Libraries

Diana Wenger

Diana Wenger
Muskegon Area District Library

Liz Wierenga

Elizabeth Wierenga
Kent District Library

 

Thumbs Up! Award

Recognizes an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. Read more about the Thumbs Up! Award here.

Chair: Tracy Bedford
Clarkston Independence District Library

Kristen Jayska

Vice-Chair: Kristen Jayska
Livonia Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Kayla Dies

Kayla Dies
Paw Paw District Library

Shanni Kerr

Shanni Kerr
Ionia Community Library

Becky Mangini

Becky Mangini
Chesterfield Public Library

Amanda Shepard

Amanda Shepard
Herrick District Library

Sarah Swiderski

Sarah Swiderski
Salem-South Lyon District Library

Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch
Big Rapids Community Library

 
   

 

 

 

 

 


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