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Friday, December 22, 2023 12:00 AM

Take Action! Help Advance Education Research - New Bill in Congress

The Advancing Research in Education Act (AREA) S. 3392, was passed by the HELP Committee on December 12.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023 12:00 AM

Note From Debbie

December 21, 2023

“Think Big”

MLA is a little organization. Not in terms of our mission, but in terms of our size. With only five staff members and a budget normally under $1M, we are considered small in the nonprofit and association world. And while we may be small, we are MIGHTY, and, we THINK BIG!

Where do we get inspiration to be mighty? Rather than viewing resource constraints (like our budget and staff size) as limitations, small organizations like MLA find our strength in articulating our entrepreneurial spirit. MLA thrives on innovation, on instituting creative ideas, on listening to the needs of our members, on knowing our own limited capacity and taking calculated risks. Big thinking often involves stepping out of our comfort zone.  

MLA actually draws inspiration from all sorts of organizations, especially larger organizations to achieve our goals. For us, the key to “thinking big” lies not in mimicking larger organizations but in molding and shaping many of their successful programs into our unique, small organization. We look for cost-effective ways to implement those big ideas without compromising the end result. We are resourceful, finding ways to do more with less and we innovate out of necessity – you can too. Those big organizations, or big libraries, that share big ideas at conferences are always worthwhile to listen to. And while it may not all resonate, if we listen closely, there are always, always, always bits and pieces that can be creatively implemented by smaller organizations. And many times, we will do it better.

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Friday, November 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Protecting Penal Fines

Thank you to Senator Ed McBroom for supporting the Michigan Constitution and Michigan libraries! At the Michigan Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting on November 7, Sen. Edward W. McBroom (R - Vulcan) shared concerns about a proposed bill that would assess and utilize fines, with a reminder about Article 8, Section 9 of the Michigan Constitution: Penal fines should be exclusively applied to public libraries.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Public Opinion Polling Update

As the MI Right to Read paid advertising campaign rolls to an end, MLA commissioned a single question in the EPIC-MRA omnibus public opinion poll (600 sample – Error ±4.0%)  in early November. We wanted to see the change in voter perception about support for state legislation to protect the right to read from March 2023 to now.

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News - Advocacy
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Sine Die

When a legislature adjourns sine die, it signifies the legislative body has concluded its meeting without setting a day or time to reconvene. It literally means to adjourn “without a day.”

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News - Advocacy
Friday, November 24, 2023 12:00 AM

State of Michigan Budget 2022-2023 Updates

Revenue for the 2022-23 fiscal year decreased slightly more than forecasted, the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) said in its October report.

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Friday, November 24, 2023 12:00 AM

Split House – 54-54

After the November 7 election, the Michigan House of Representatives is expecting a big change: House Democrats have lost their narrow two-seat majority. Rep. Kevin Coleman (D-Westland) and Rep. Lori Stone (D-Warren) won their respective mayoral races. That means the House will be split 54-54 between Democrats and Republicans until early 2024 when special elections will determine the Warren and Westland replacements in the Michigan House.

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