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Written by Ryan Wieber, MLA President   

Letter From Ryan

Michigan library friends,

Ryan Wieber headshotThis time of year is about refreshment, regrowth, and renewal. After two-plus years of a pandemic, signs of encouragement grow stronger with each return of a familiar library program or activity, and with each return to our spaces by a patron. MLA is leading the charge to both welcome back and introduce anew to our communities, the value of recent additions to our spaces and collections through the MI-83 project where libraries, courtesy of ARPA funding, received new technology and digital content. The MI Library is Now marketing campaign can be utilized by all of us as another tool to welcome back folks to Michigan libraries. Take advantage of these resources and modify the message uniquely for your community.

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Equity Fund Grant Applications Due June 3

The 2022 MLA Equity Fund Grant application is open through June 3, 2022. Please share this individual grant opportunity with colleagues and staff. Learn more and apply at milibraries.org/mla-equity-fund.

The MLA Equity Fund is used to provide individual grants to fund professional development opportunities for individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession. MLA Equity Fund Grants aim to reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, North African, and Middle Eastern individuals by providing resources to be used for memberships, attendance at workshops, educational events, or conferences of the applicants’ choosing, or for other purposes that they believe increase their ability to impact and transform the library profession.

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA 2022 Board of Directors Election Results

Congratulations to MLA's new Directors! Scott Duimstra, Capital Area District Libraries was voted President-elect. Tashia Miller, Washtenaw Community College was elected as ALA Councilor. Angela Badke, Ojibwa Community Library; Sophia Ward Brewer, Grand Rapids Community College; and Christine Peele, Detroit Public Library, were elected as Members-at-Large to serve three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2022, and ending June 30, 2025.

Many thanks to all the candidates for demonstrating leadership by agreeing to run and to all our members who voted. We look forward to a great year! Please feel free to welcome and congratulate our new Directors!

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Written by Deborah E. Mikula, MLA Executive Director   

Letter From Debbie

For the past month, I have been thinking of (and documenting) all the wonderful accomplishments of MLA. The last few years have been extraordinary as evidenced by the increases in our advocacy efforts, our membership numbers and engagement, and attendance at our professional development activities. We have seen huge growth in meeting our mission and I am so proud to see the changes that make our association so strong and credible.

As we begin the process of orienting, inducting and engaging newly elected board members and officers on July 1 (see election results below), we are excited to include their input, wisdom, time and energy, as we continue to move MLA forward. 

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 AM

MLA Fund Updates

At the MLA March Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved shifting the focus of MLA savings to better serve and respond to the financial challenges of MLA members. Keeping intact the General Fund, Kaiser Fund, and Equity Fund – MLA Board members voted unanimously to merge the Advocacy Fund and the Intellectual Freedom funds (which will now be used to help with legal fees and board training) and to merge two education funds that will be used for scholarships to attend MLA events.

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News - Advocacy
Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 AM

State of Michigan Budget Updates

All three State of Michigan FY2023 draft budgets have been published – from the Governor, the Senate, and from the House. 

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News - MLA
Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 AM

MDHHS Expands COVID Test-kit Partnership With Libraries

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has expanded its efforts to provide free, at-home testing kits to underserved areas of the state by providing test kits to additional libraries for a total of more than 150 locations participating in the program. 

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