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Advocacy Hour: Trustee Training
Thursday, February 15, 2024, 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM EST
Category: MLA Connect Advocacy Hour

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: Navigating Material Challenges for Library Trustees

Thursday, February 15, 2024 
6:00 - 7:15 PM

The Michigan Cooperative Director's Association is working alongside MLA and Library of Michigan staff to host a virtual trustee training event on Thursday, February 15 from 6PM - 7:15PM. As libraries in Michigan and around the country grapple with an unprecedented number of book bans and challenges, this event will help orient library trustees to their role and responsibilities when it comes to material challenges. Attendees will learn about the importance of established library policy, the roles and responsibilities of trustees, and more when faced with challenges to intellectual freedom.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters at the end of the session.

Presenters include Kate Van Auken, Director of the White Pine Library Cooperative; Carol Dawe, Director of the Lakeland Library Cooperative; Mallorie DeVilbiss, Director of the Suburban Library Cooperative; Dillon Geshel, Director of the Superiorland Library Cooperative; Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant at the Library of Michigan; Eric Palmer, Director of the Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative; and Kate Pohjola Andrade, Director of the Woodlands Library Cooperative. 

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February Advocacy Hour


Advocacy Hour conversations are always free to attend but registration is required. 

MLA Connect Advocacy Hours are an opportunity for the library community to learn more about MLA's advocacy and legislative priorities including funding, elections, property taxes, literacy, internet access, privacy, intellectual freedom, and more. Each month, we will address a new topic and share any pending legislation introduced in the House or Senate that could impact the Michigan library community. Open discussion and Q & A will follow the interview-style agenda.

Monthly sessions will take place generally on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 am. Advocacy Hours are free to attend to anyone interested in joining the conversation! A maximum of 500 attendees can join each live event. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the meetings on the Zoom platform. 

Please note recordings of all MLA Advocacy Hours are available to watch for free and on-demand at MLA Connect On-Demand.

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