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Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Building a Michigan Library Ecosystem

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
10:00 - 11:00am

A library ecosystem is the interconnected network of all types of libraries, library workers, volunteers, and associations that provide and facilitate library services for community members; families; K-20 learners; college and university communities; local, state and federal legislatures and government offices; businesses; nonprofits; and other organizations with specific information needs.

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Coronavirus Orders and Workplace Protocols: What MLA is Monitoring as of Nov. 18

November 18, 2020

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order

On Sunday, November 15, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order that tightens restrictions on indoor social gatherings and group activities for three weeks in an effort to curb transmission of COVID-19.

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Emergency Order Limits Libraries to 30% Capacity

November 15, 2020

Tonight, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order that tightens restrictions on indoor social gatherings and group activities for three weeks in an effort to curb transmission of COVID-19.

Of critical note to Libraries: Libraries and Museums will be able to remain open with 30% capacity. The epidemic order references the MiOSHA rules of October 14 which also restricts in-person work unless doing that work remotely is impossible. The epidemic order will go into affect on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01am for three weeks until December 8.

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MLA Statement to Libraries on COVID-19 Second Wave: Be Safe, Stay Vigilant

November 13, 2020

Eight months after the first closure of our libraries and our community businesses due to the global pandemic, we are again facing wide-spread spikes in deaths and confirmed cases within Michigan, our country and our world. The second wave is here.

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is using our role as a leader and advocate of Michigan libraries to urge you, community by community, to take appropriate precautions to prevent further transmission of the virus.

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MLA 2020 Youth Literary Awards Winners and Honor Books

November 5, 2020

We are excited to share the winners and honor books of the 2020 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! Awards! The winners and honor books of the 2020 Youth Literary Awards were announced during Fall Institute for Youth Services Preconference on Tuesday, October 27.

The awards selection group members worked throughout the year spending thousands of hours reading, reviewing and ranking hundreds of books to determine the top titles published in 2019. Watch the announcement that includes acceptance speeches from our winners below and read on for details!

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MDHHS Director Revises and Extends Emergency Order

November 3, 2020

On Thursday, October 29, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) revised and extended its emergency epidemic orders in a continued effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order moves the Traverse City region back to phase 4 (in line with the rest of the state) and implements new requirements for social gatherings. The order takes effect immediately and remains in effect until rescinded. New restrictions include:

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New State Laws Provide COVID-19 Liability Protection for Employers

October 23, 2020

On October 22, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed three bills into law that create relief from liability for alleged COVID-19 exposure. They are now listed as:

Act No. 236, Public Acts of 2020 – enrolled House Bill 6030: establishes standards for immunity from liability for certain tort claims alleging COVID-19 exposure. Under the act, a person is immune from liability for a COVID-19 claim if the person operates in compliance with all federal, state, and local statutes, rules, regulations, executive orders, and agency orders related to COVID-19 that had not been denied legal effect at the time of the conduct or risk that allegedly caused harm. The act applies retroactively to a claim or cause of action that accrues after March 1, 2020.

Act No. 238, Public Acts of 2020 – enrolled House Bill 6032: creates a new act to prohibit an employee from reporting to work under certain circumstances related to COVID-19, to prohibit certain employer actions against certain employees, and to provide remedies. The act is effective retroactive to March 1, 2020.

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