MLA Committees and Workgroups

Committees and workgroups 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.

2021-2022 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.

Jessica Keyser

Chair: Jessica Keyser
Grosse Pointe Public Library

Vice-Chair: Dale Parus
Ionia Community Library

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Lobbyist: Bob Devries
Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.

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Staff Liaison: Lisa Buttigieg
Michigan Library Association

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Betty Adams
Leanna Hicks Public Library

Shirley Bruusema

Shirley Bruusema
Kent District Library

John A. Clexton

John A. Clexton
Gladwin District Library

Bryan Cloutier

Bryan Cloutier
Oxford Public Library

Tim Gleisner

Tim Gleisner
Library of Michigan

Kathy Lester

Kathy Lester
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Claire Lopiccolo

Claire Lopiccolo
Romeo District Library

Cindy Mack

Cindy Mack
Brighton District Library

Jenny Marr

Jenny Marr
Ferndale Area District Library

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough
Willard Public Library

Clare Membiela

Clare Membiela
Library of Michigan

Larry Neal

Larry Neal
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Jasmine Parker

Jasmine Parker
Ferndale Area District Library

Anne Heidemann

Anne Heidemann
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries

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Jim Flury
The Library Network

Erin Schmandt

Erin Schmandt
Caro Area District Library

Kristin Shelley

Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Vanessa Verdun-Morris

Vanessa Verdun-Morris
Taylor Community Library

Ryan Wieber

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.

Kathryn Haas

Co-Chair: Kathryn Haas
Portage District Library

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Co-Chair: Dennis Kreps
Bridgman Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin 
Michigan Library Association

Shauna Anderson

Shauna Anderson
Taylor Community Library

Julie Laxton

Julie Laxton 
Capital Area District Library

Ann Neff-Rohs

Ann Neff-Rohs 
Jackson District Library

Michael Postula

Michael Postula 
Ann Arbor District Library

Sarah Rick

Sarah Rick
Millington Arbela District Library

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Maria McCarville
Public Libraries of Saginaw

Jill Sodt

Jill Sodt
Mott Community College

 

Lisa Valerio-Nowc  

Lisa Valerio-Nowc 
Farmington Community 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.

Jennifer Dean

Chair: Jennifer Dean
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Mollie Freier

Mollie Freier
Northern Michigan University

Val Meyerson

Valerie L. Meyerson
Petoskey District Library

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Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Eric Stanton

Eric Stanton
Capital Area District Libraries

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Kate Van Auken
White Pine Library Cooperative

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

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.

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Chair: Scott Duimstra 
Capital Area District Library

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Tim Gleisner
Library of Michigan

 

2021-2022 Professional Development Workgroups

Academic Libraries Workgroup

The Academic Libraries and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Chapter program Workgroup 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 Workgroup replaces the Academic Libraries Interest Group.

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Lake Superior State University

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Jennifer L. Dean
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

Kristin Fontichiaro

Kristin Fontichiaro
University of Michigan

Mollie Freier

Mollie Freier
Northern Michigan University

Kathy Irwin

Kathy Irwin
Central Michigan University

Tashia Munson

Tashia Munson
Washtenaw Community College

Stacy Nowicki

Stacy Nowicki
Kalamazoo College Upjohn Library

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Monique Oldfield
Wayne State University Libraries

Monica Porter

Monica Porter
University of Michigan

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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 Workgroup

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

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Burton Brooks

Burton Brooks
Loutit District Library

Jeff Croff

Jeff Croff
Capital Area District Libraries

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Jeffrey Hopp
Presque Isle District Library

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore
Kalamazoo Public Library

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MaryAnne Thorndycraft
Orion Township Library

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Amy Zaagman
East Lansing Public Library

 

MLA 2021 Virtual Conference

The MLA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will be held virtually on October 13-14, 2021 via Hopin. The workgroup 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

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

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

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Jill Spreitzer
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

     

MLA 2022 Annual Conference

The MLA 2022 Annual Conference is scheduled for October of 2022. The workgroup assists in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

Scott Duimstra

Chair: Scott Duimstra
Capital Area District Libraries

Dillon Geshel

Vice-Chair: Dillon Geshel
Portage Lake District Library

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Chelsey Boss

Chelsey Boss
Adrian District Library

Sarah Burchart

Sarah Burchart
ICPSR

Andrea Ingmire

Andrea Ingmire
Peter White Public Library

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson
Chesterfield Township Library

Brian Johnston

Brian R. Johnston
Lincoln Township Public Library

Elizabeth Kish

Elizabeth Kish
Genesee District Library

Breck McCrory

Breck McCrory
Chesterfield Township Library

Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative

Cindi L. Place

Cindi L. Place
Bellaire Public Library

Shane Stewart

Shane Stewart
Chesterfield Township Library

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

   

Spring Institute 2022

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.

Elissa Zimmer

Chair: Elissa Zimmer
Van Buren District Library

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Vice-Chair: Jocelyn Levin
Lyon Township Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Jill M. Anderson

Jill M. Anderson
Kent District Library

Rebekah Hudzik-Gordon

Rebekah Hudzik-Gordon
Cromaine District Library

Anthony Isom

Anthony Isom
Adrian District Library

Wesleyann Johnson

Wesleyann Johnson
Center Line Public Library

Ashley Lehman

Ashley Lehman
Orion Township Public Library

Kendra Moyer

Kendra Moyer
Wayne State University - Masters Student

     

Statewide Library Marketing and Public Relations Workgroup

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Chair: Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Linda Adams

Linda Adams
Northland Library Cooperative

Steve Bowers

Steven Bowers
The Library Network

Laura Fromwiller

Laura Fromwiller
Oxford Public Library

Laurie Golden

Laurie Golden
Canton Public Library

Deb Hemmye

Deb Hemmye
Farmington Community Library

Jeffrey Milosevich

Jeffrey Milosevich
Ferndale Area District Library

Sarah Neidert

Sarah Neidert
Brighton District Library

Adam Oster

Adam Oster
Library of Michigan

James Pugh

James Pugh
Orion Township Public Library

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Kelly Rembert
Southfield Public Library

Katie Rothley

Katie Rothley
Lyon Township Public Library

Mary Ann Short

Mary Ann Short
Grosse Pointe Public Library

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Trent Smiley
Capital Area District Libraries

Ryan Tackabury

Ryan Tackabury
Genesee District Library

Tammy Turgeon

Tammy Turgeon 
Sterling Heights Public Library/SLC/MLCDA

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin 
Superior District Library

 

 

Michigan Library Awards - MLA Awards Selection Workgroup

Reviews and updates award guidelines, encourages nominations, reviews nominees and selects the winners for our MLA professional recognition awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Librarian of the Year, Heart of a Champion, Rising Star, Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth and Support Staff of the Year.

Cathy Russ

Chair: Cathleen Russ
West Bloomfield Township Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Lauren Arnsman

Lauren Arnsman
Troy Public Library

Jolee Hamlin

Jolee Hamlin
Capital Area District Libraries

Jennifer Hassell

Jennifer Hassell
Farmington Community Library

Chris Potts

Chris Potts 
Capital Area District Libraries

Kristen Valyi-Hax

Kristen Valyi-Hax
Harper Woods Public Library

 

2022 Literary Award Workgroups

Mitten Award

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

Adrienne Baker

Chair: Adrienne Baker
Herrick District Library

Lisa Rodkey

Vice-Chair: Lisa Rodkey
Kent District Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Nellie Danke

Nellie Danke
Suttons Bay - Bingham District Library

Holly Kirsten

Holly Kirsten
Chesterfield Township Library

Jamie Klos

Jamie Klos
Clarkston Independence District Library

Kathy Merucci

Kathy Merucci
Salem-South Lyon District Library

Dena Moscheck

Dena Moscheck
Bay County Library System

Beth Pierson

Beth Pierson
White Lake Community Library 

Everett Pine

Everett Pine
Ferndale Area District Library

Carolyn Sherrill

Carolyn Sherrill
Sterling Heights Public Library

Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Smith
Romeo District Library

Leigh Verburg

Leigh Verburg
Kent District Library

Loni Wetherell

Loni Wetherell
Cromaine District Library

   

YouPer (Young Person) Award

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

Lisa Boyd

Chair: Lisa Boyd
Canton Public Library

Heather Draft

Vice-Chair: Heather Draft
Cromaine District Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Tracy Bedford

Tracy Bedford
Rochester Hills Public Library

Liz Clauder

Liz Clauder
Bloomfield Township Public Library

Maeve Devlin

Maeve Devlin

Gretchen Dula

Gretchen Dula
Jackson District Library

Fillippa Genovese

Fillippa Genovese
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Jessica Keeler

Jessica Keeler
Plymouth District Library

Katie Perkey

Katie Perkey
Orion Township Public Library

Elizabeth 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.

 Sarah Swiderski

Chair: Sarah Swiderski
Salem-South Lyon District Library

Sarah Welch

Vice-Chair: Sarah Welch
Big Rapids Community Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Natalya Anton

Natalya Anton
Fowlerville District Library

Robert Chartrand

Robert Chartrand 
Capital Area District Libraries

Kayla Dies
Paw Paw District Library

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson 
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

Shanni Kerr

Shanni Kerr
Ionia Community Library

Becky Mangini

Becky Mangini 
Chesterfield Public Library

Emily Marsh

Emily Marsh
Bay County Library System

Jennifer Noble

Jennifer Noble 
Adrian District Library

Amanda Shepard

Amanda Shepard 
Herrick District Library

Jana Slisher

Jana Slisher 
Bath Township Public Library

     

 

 

 

 


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