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Thursday, May 30, 2024 12:00 AM

Note From Debbie

May 30, 2024

Since I began my work with MLA 5 years ago, MLA has been intentional about our future, to move the needle, to look outward at other industries, and to bring a fresh, new perspective to our collective impact. The world is changing quickly and we must stay current on trends and innovations, and explore unfamiliar/atypical partnerships that will keep libraries at the forefront of our communities.  

It is now time to begin a process to query our key stakeholders, ask hard questions that require deep thought, and develop a new three-year plan that will begin in 2025. This work will evaluate the impact of our past and present performance, services, and programming as well as examine our future work together. This is not a refresh of our past plan, which has served us well for the past five years, but a newly engaged process that will allow all of our members to become involved in creating the planning document. This new three-year strategic plan will serve as a road map for MLA; it will carefully lay out how we execute our chosen strategy to achieve our mission. This plan will focus our energy, resources, and time and include concrete, realistic, and measurable goals as well as benchmarks and timelines. 

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News - Advocacy
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

Take Action to Support School Libraries!

In early March, State Senator Darrin Camilleri (District 4) and Senator Rosemary Bayer (District 13) introduced a package of tie-barred bills requiring a library staffed by a certified school librarian in every public school in the state. These bills replicate the house bills that were introduced in the last three legislative cycles but didn’t move any further.

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News - Advocacy
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

Michigan Library Advocacy Day

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, MLA hosted our 2nd annual in-person Michigan Library Advocacy Day at the Capitol. This sold-out event brought together more than 160 library advocates representing public, school, academic, tribal, and special libraries from across Michigan. Our unified message: Strong Libraries = A Stronger Michigan!

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

Say Yes to Getting Involved With MLA!

The 2024-2025 Call for Ambassadors closes tomorrow!! Take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the Michigan library community, develop your leadership skills, grow your network, and represent MLA.

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News - Advocacy
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

ALA Advocacy Alert: #FundLibraries in FY25

It's time to take action to #FundLibraries in Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25)! With the release of the President's proposed FY25 budget and the launch of Dear Appropriator letters in Congress, the annual funding process has begun.

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

MLA 2024 Board Election Results and Board Appointments

The 2024 MLA Board of Directors Election results are in! This year MLA members voted for an MLA President-elect and four Member-at-Large Board positions and the Board appointed a Member-at-Large Director to fill a newly vacated seat.

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 25, 2024 12:00 AM

FREE MLA Office Furniture Up For Grabs

In two months, the MLA staff will be fully remote and that means lots of great stuff needs to be re-homed. First dibs go to our organizational library members for free.

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