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Written by Ryan Wieber, MLA President   

Letter From Ryan

Well, here we go again Michigan library professionals, trustees, and advocates. Nearly one month into 2022 and it’s more of the same ol’ pandemic (thanks a lot, Omicron), and yet at the same time, a constantly shifting library service and life-on-earth landscape remind everyone how important Michigan libraries are for our local communities. 

We have learned to adapt on the fly now for nearly two years, can you believe that! The way that all libraries, both big and small, have pivoted to virtual programming and services, to curbside delivery and — by whatever means necessary — meet the needs of patrons and students all while taking the steps on a weekly basis to protect the health and wellbeing of patrons and staff, is frankly INCREDIBLE. You know it has not been easy, and we’re all aware of the mental and emotional roller coaster we face every week. Yet we cannot help but remain optimistic, and as a profession, stronger together! 

The staff and membership of MLA are pulling together on many fronts to keep us aware and connected, to provide learning and professional development opportunities, and to keep our voices and stories known at the legislative level. Examples include those who are working hard advocating for possible changes to the Open Meetings Act and virtual board meeting attendance, and the many folks involved in planning and executing top-quality professional learning opportunities like the upcoming Spring Institute and this fall’s Annual Conference. 

If you haven’t yet, please register for the all-virtual March 1, 2022, Michigan Library Advocacy Day where we’ll hear from ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall, and get updated on current calls to action and legislative priorities. The Advocacy and Legislative Committee, together with MLA staff, have created a power-packed afternoon I know you will find worthwhile!

Ryan Wieber
MLA President


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