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Written by Deborah E. Mikula, MLA Executive Director   

Letter From Debbie

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October 27, 2022

Perhaps we can all agree – change is the only constant in life. And who among us hasn’t seen their share of staff changes or board changes or direction changes or strategic priority changes within their organizations? I sure have. But it is the people who serve as my sounding board, help me set direction, and are always at the other end of the line when I call that I will always miss the most. Over the course of my four decades of work as an Executive Director, I have served with many wonderful individuals who have volunteered their time and energy presiding over some really wonderful and creative nonprofit institutions. And today, yet one more change is on the horizon. 

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Written by Ryan Wieber, MLA President   

Note From Ryan

Intellectual freedom and access to information are core to librarianship, and we all play important roles in maintaining both within our respective libraries. Targeted banning efforts over the past year or two across the country and now punctuated recently in Michigan libraries, illuminate the real-life consequences of coordinated efforts to limit freedom and patrons’ right to read. The events at Hillsdale, Patmos, and many others bring home the need for you, your organization, and your stakeholders to be prepared on how to respond to challenges, and how to positively and confidently project not an argument or defense—but a patron’s right to read—and the vital responsibility of libraries to uphold that.

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:00 AM

Annual Member Meeting Notice

Notice is hereby given to MLA members that the Annual Meeting will take place during MLA 2022 Annual Conference at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron on Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM.

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:00 AM

October is Michigan Library Appreciation Month

Get ready to celebrate Michigan Library Appreciation Month! This October we are celebrating Michigan libraries and library staff and highlighting all the many ways libraries serve their communities.

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:00 AM

Nominations for MLA Board Open September 23

This September, MLA will open the call for nominations seeking candidates for the 2023 Board of Directors. The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC) will be seeking nominations/self-nominations for four member-at-large directors as well as the President-elect position, with terms beginning in July 2023 and ending in June 2026. The call for nominations will be open from Friday, September 23, through Monday, November 7.

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:00 AM

Professional Development Survey

Please consider taking a few moments out of your busy day to help us determine key needs for the continual professional development of Michigan library workers. Responses are needed by Friday, September 30: surveymonkey.com/r/VKH925T

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Friday, August 26, 2022 12:00 AM

Happy Birthday, MLA!

On September 1, MLA will celebrate 131 years of serving the Michigan library community!

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