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LinkedIn Learning Discounts for MLA Members

March 25, 2021

We are excited to partner with LinkedIn to offer LinkedIn Learning to Michigan libraries at a discounted rate. Libraries that join our consortium will receive a minimum discount of 7% but the more libraries that join, the greater the discount will be!

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Call to Action: MLA Opposes HB 4530-4533

Call to Action: MLA stands in Opposition to HB 4530-4533 and ANY Legislation Limiting Election Dates.

March 25, 2021

On Tuesday, March 23, a package of bills, HB4530-4533 was presented at the House Elections and Ethics Committee. HB4530-4533 eliminates the May and August elections and replaces them with a June election.

House Bills 4530-4533 would amend different acts to remove the May regular election date and move the date of the primary election in Michigan from August to June, limiting a jurisdiction to holding only two elections in a year.

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Open Meetings Act - Virtual Meetings Allowed Through March 30

March 25, 2021

While a number of bills have been introduced in the legislature in the past couple of months to extend the dates to hold virtual board meetings, none have moved to the next steps for passage.

As such, the amendments to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) that allowed no-reason virtual meetings will end on March 30, 2021.

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MLA Partnership With the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

March 25, 2021 UPDATED April 29, 2021

The Michigan Library Association has agreed to work in partnership with the communications team from the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The purpose of these partnerships is to work with other statewide organizations, operating in an impartial and transparent manner, and that reinforces public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process. Libraries have been identified as a key partner and as such, MLA wants to make sure that our library community is integral in getting Michigan citizens involved in the redistricting process.

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Letter from Debbie

March 25, 2021

Michigan Library Advocacy Day is right around the corner and hundreds of advocates have already registered to contact Michigan legislators on April 20, 2021. It will be a day to make sure legislative leaders are well informed about the challenges the library community faces and to influence decision-makers through direct contact on Zoom, by phone, through emails and social media posts. MLA is proud to host this inaugural virtual event with our partners, the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) and the Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME).

Are you a good library advocate? 

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Call for Volunteers for 2021-2022 Committees and Work Groups Now Open

March 25, 2021

The Call for Volunteers online signup for 2021-2022 work groups and committees is now open through April 30, 2021. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you! Review available volunteer positions and sign up on the web at milibraries.org/get-involved

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Updated Record Retention Dates

March 25, 2021

Record retention date changes to the General Schedule for Public Libraries (GS) were approved. The revised schedule is available online at GS 17 Public Libraries (michigan.gov).

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