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Letter from MLA Staff

November 19, 2020

Let our lives be full of both thanks and giving. As the holiday approaches, the MLA staff took a few minutes to reflect on our work and why we are thankful for MLA, libraries and library staff. Our days are filled with supporting you and making sure all needs are met to the best of our ability. Each of you brings your own unique talents and wisdom to this profession and it is our honor to work with you every day.

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MLA Prepares to Testify on SB611

November 19, 2020

MLA continues to be hopeful that by December 31, 2020, SB611 – amendments to the Michigan Privacy Act – will be signed into law. The global pandemic has caused delays in the committee process, so we have a few more steps to go before that can happen. 

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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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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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