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Friday, September 23, 2022 11:18 AM

Call for Nominations for 2023 MLA Board Election Now Open

Each year in September, the Call for Nominations for the MLA Board opens. This year we invite individuals representing public, school, or academic libraries, any staff position within the library (not just directors), any size and budget, and from any geographic region of Michigan, to step up.

The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) is seeking nominations/self-nominations for four member-at-large directors and the President-elect position, with terms beginning in July 2023 and ending in June 2026. The Call for Nominations will be open through Monday, November 7.

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News - MLA
Friday, September 23, 2022 11:18 AM

MLA Awarded $40,000 Services to the Field Grant from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council

We are very proud to announce that MLA has been awarded $40,000 for a Services to the Field Grant through the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC).

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News - MLA
Friday, September 23, 2022 11:18 AM

Jessica Keyser Appointed to MLA Board (Again)

At the MLA Board of Directors September meeting, the Board voted to appoint Jessica Keyser to the seat vacated by Tim Gleisner, who stepped down to take a position in Texas. Jessica will fulfill the remainder of the term which ends June 30, 2023.

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Written by Deborah E. Mikula, MLA Executive Director   

Letter From Debbie

September 23, 2022

Debbie Mikula headshotThere is work ahead of us. When dealing with censorship, we must put in the time, energy and resources to address the growing challenges in our state. You can expect the vocal minority to show up at a library or school near you if they haven’t already.

This past week, we were heartened to read a national public opinion poll conducted by the nonpartisan research firm Embold Research on behalf of EveryLibrary showing that 75% of Americans oppose book banning and are willing to consider book banning when going to the polls this November. Just 8% of voters believe “there are many books that are inappropriate and should be banned.” These statistics indicate that the actions of a small, vocal minority are giving the impression that our schools and libraries are full of offensive materials, which is simply not the case.

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Friday, September 23, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA Welcomes Social Media Strategist Interns

MLA is adding more talent to our team! We are proud to announce that Trinity Jones, a senior at Eastern Michigan University and Hannah O'Malley, a senior at Michigan State University will be joining us for three months as our social media strategist interns to promote both MLA and Michigan’s awesome libraries and library workers. At MLA, they will work on social media projects like content development, photos, graphics, analytics and engagement. We are excited to welcome our new team members to MLA and continue to expand our communication efforts on our social media channels.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, September 23, 2022 12:00 AM

State of Michigan Budget Updates

On October 1, the FY23 State of Michigan budget will begin and libraries have much to be thankful for.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, September 23, 2022 12:00 AM

MDHHS Library OTC COVID-19 Test Program Chat

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) invites libraries participating in the Library OTC COVID-19 Test Distribution Program, and others who may be interested in joining the program, to a “program chat” on Friday, September 30 from 11:00-12:00.

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