MLA’s “Primary Source” is an exclusive, first-hand account of the latest news and announcements from the staff of the Michigan Library Association.
April 29, 2021
Letter From Debbie: Dare Mighty Things
Mars has been a favorite object of skywatchers for centuries and of space explorers for decades. I watched in amazement a few months ago when Perseverance landed on the surface of Mars (~150 million miles away) having lifted off from earth in July 2020. I was also watching a few days ago when NASA’s first solar-powered helicopter, Ingenuity, took flight on Mars (the first-ever flight on another planet – as exciting as the Wright Brothers' first flight on earth). I found all of this inspiring and incredible in what can be achieved when individuals with a dream work together, collaborate, bring their individual talents to the table to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts.

As I watched the small group of engineers in a nondescript conference room wait to see if Ingenuity would fly (with livestreaming captured over three hours later), I was totally intrigued by the largeness and placement of letters above the technicians' heads that couldn’t be missed. They read “Dare Mighty Things”[1].

We should all be so bold in our thinking! Read more
April is School Library Month
"Whereas, school library programs staffed by certified school librarians and library media specialists are integral to a quality educational program and improve student achievement;" we couldn't agree more! April 2021 was declared "School Library Month" by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Well-deserved recognition to all of our school library friends - especially those at the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME).

We celebrated school libraries by advocating to our legislators about just how important school libraries are to student success. We are proud to see school library bills introduced in the House! Read more in our advocacy section.
2021 Board of Directors Election Results
Meet the new directors! The 2021 MLA Board of Directors Election results are in.
Congratulations to MLA's new Directors! Ryan Wieber, Library Director, Kalamazoo Public Library was voted President-elect. Anne Heidemann, Tribal Librarian, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries; Cathleen Russ, Library Director, West Bloomfield Township Public Library; and Tiffany Russell, former Social Services Manager, Niles District Library, were elected as Members-at-Large to serve three-year terms, beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2024.

Many thanks to all the candidates for demonstrating leadership by agreeing to run and to all our members who voted. We look forward to a great year! Please feel free to welcome and congratulate our new Directors!
Kalamazoo Public Library
Tribal Librarian
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries
Library Director
West Bloomfield Township Public Library
Former Social Services Manager
Niles District Library
Call for Volunteers
The Call for Volunteers online signup for 2021-2022 work groups and committees closes tomorrow, Friday, April 30, 2021. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you. Check out the recording of the April MLA Connect Coffee Hour all about getting involved with MLA, review available volunteer positions and sign up on the web at

Volunteers: Mark your calendars for the volunteer orientation scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM. All volunteers will receive notification of their volunteer placement and login credentials for the orientation by June 1, 2021.
Organizational Membership Renewal
Organizational membership renewal information for the 2021-2022 member year was mailed last month. A form to submit information for the new complimentary Linked Trustees organizational member benefit was included with your renewal communications.

Don't forget your library can take advantage of group invoicing for staff individual membership to save you time on processing renewal invoices throughout the year! Note according to the bylaws, membership in the association is not transferable or assignable, but there is an exception for Affiliated Individual memberships that are paid for by an Organizational member to address staffing changes. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, please contact MLA Administrative Assistant, Lisa Buttigieg who will be happy to help answer any questions you may have. She can be reached by phone at (517) 394-2774 ext. 227 or by email at

Thank you to all of our organizational members for your continued support!

Not an Organizational Member? Join us! While there is still a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, we are certain about this: we are stronger together. Our goal is to engage every library, library worker and library supporter in Michigan in the association. The more member participation we have, the more we will accomplish for all Michigan libraries and library workers. We hope you and your library will join us!

To join our community today, visit us on the web and fill out the organizational member form, or contact Rachel Ash, Membership and Communications Director at or (517) 394-2774.
2021 Equity Fund Grants
The 2021 MLA Equity Fund Grant application is open through May 27, 2021. Equity Fund Grants aim to reduce financial barriers to professional development opportunities and support individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession. Please help us share this individual grant opportunity by sharing this information with colleagues and staff who are not currently MLA members. Learn more and apply at
MLA affirms its commitment to diversity and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of racially and ethnically diverse librarians and library support staff who provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.

The MLA Equity Fund is used to provide individual grants to fund professional development opportunities for individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession. MLA Equity Fund Grants will reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, North African, and Middle Eastern individuals by providing resources to be used for memberships, attendance at workshops, educational events or conferences of applicants’ choosing, or for other purposes that they believe increase their ability to impact and transform the library profession.

All application materials are due to MLA on Thursday, May 27, 2021, by 5:00 PM. Download the MLA Equity Fund Guidelines for complete details

Submit completed application packets using the online form.
LinkedIn Learning Discounts for MLA Members
MLA has partnered with LinkedIn to offer Linkedin Learning (formerly to Michigan libraries at a discounted rate. The more libraries that join the greater the discount will be!
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!
With many libraries still closed or offering limited hours, LinkedIn Learning for Libraries (formerly provides public library patrons with access to 16,850 online courses in 7 languages.

What does LInkedin Learning do?
  • Inspires anyone to learn the latest software, creative and business skills.
  • Give users of any skill level bite-size tutorials, or comprehensive courses, on hundreds of topics.
  • Encourages personalized and self-paced learning for those looking to gain new skills in their time at home or to re-skill after a layoff.
  • And now offers a new and improved mobile app for those learners on the go.

To take advantage of discount pricing, new subscribers will need to sign up and return order forms by June 1, 2021, for services beginning in mid-June. For details on the program and to subscribe please contact Karen Riggione, Regional Account Executive, State & Local, LinkedIn Learning at or call (714) 293-9236.

For questions about MLA membership or member benefits, contact MLA Membership and Communications Director, Rachel Ash at
ALA 2021 State of America's Libraries Special Report: COVID-19
The American Library Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries 2021 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.

Read more about libraries' response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2020 in the State of America's Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19.
Save the Date for the 2021 Michigan Library Awards
Save the date for the can't-miss virtual event for celebrating excellence in the Michigan library community. Mark your calendars and plan to join the Michigan Library Association, the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, as we celebrate the accomplishments, dedication and service of outstanding libraries, library staff, trustees and supporters. Do you have a colleague who deserves recognition? Watch for the call for nominations this summer!
Call to Action: MLA Opposes HB 4530-4533
Call to Action: MLA stands in opposition to House Bills 4530-4533 and ANY legislation limiting election dates. Read on for details then take action and contact your Senator today!
On April 27, House Bills 4530-4533 were presented and passed in the Michigan House of Representatives. This package of bills eliminates the May and August elections and replaces them with a June election. Click the links to see who voted in support and who opposed. HB 4530 passed 63 to 46, HB 4531 passed 67 to 42, HB 4532 passed 65 to 44, and HB 4533 passed 65 to 44.

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.

Libraries rely on locally dedicated millages for funding. A millage loss could very well close the doors permanently for a library, so alternative dates to re-present their proposal to their community during the calendar year are essential. Additional restrictions to the number of times each year that a millage can be brought before voters are detrimental to libraries. Read MLA's Statement in Opposition to Any Restrictions to Millage Dates by the Michigan Legislature

These bills now pass to our Senators for consideration, and they need to hear from us now about why it is important to keep three election dates to allow libraries more flexibility in seeking millages. Please contact your Senator today to tell them that libraries need three millage election dates. Ask them to oppose HBs 4530-4533 and ANY legislation that limits election dates and hurts a library's ability to seek funding.

Click Take Action to visit our website and contact your Senator. We’ve created a template email for you that you can modify to share your concerns or send-as-is. Thank you for taking action to support libraries!
Take Action for School Libraries
State Reps. Darrin Camilleri (D-Trenton), Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth) and Amos O’Neal (D-Saginaw) introduced a package of bills that would require a library staffed by a certified media specialist in every public school in the state.

House Bill 4663, would require a school board to employ at least one certified media specialist for each school library operated by its district.

House Bill 4664, would require a school library in every Michigan public school, and also would require the library to be accessible to students and offer resources in both electronic and print form.

House Bill 4665, would require a principal or other appropriate administrator to designate an individual to supervise students in a school library when a certified media specialist is not present.

The bills now move to the House Committee on Education for consideration. Take action for school libraries today by asking your Representative to support HBs 4663-4665. Visit our website to use our online form to email your legislator. Advocates can edit the email template or send-as-is. Thank you for taking action to support libraries!
Joint Statement in Support of Jurnee Hoffmeyer
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) and the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) are committed to doing everything we can, in our libraries, schools, and communities to promote justice and equality for all. It has come to our attention that a white media assistant that works in the library at Ganiard Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, cut the hair of a biracial child without parental permission.

MLA and MAME are using our voices as representatives of all Michigan libraries and library workers, including school libraries, to stand in support of 7-year-old Jurnee Hoffmeyer. Read the statement.
MLA Supports the CROWN Act
House Bill 4275 – Michigan CROWN Act (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair) – as sponsored by Representative Sarah Anthony (D - Lansing), would prevent discrimination by expanding state law to recognize a person’s hair as a characteristic of race.
The Michigan Library Association calls on Michigan lawmakers to amend the 1976 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and support and enact House Bill 4275 – Michigan CROWN Act – as sponsored by Representative Sarah Anthony (D - Lansing), specifically created to prohibit discrimination against hair texture and hairstyle choices. The CROWN Act will specify hair texture and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locs and twists, as traits historically associated with race to protect Michiganders from discrimination in the workplace, all levels of public education, public accommodations and services, and real estate transactions. This legislation echoes successful efforts in seven other states to ban discrimination against natural hairstyles in the workplace, all levels of public education, public accommodations and services, and real estate transactions. Learn more about the CROWN Act Coalition.
MLA Partners With the MICRC
MLA wants to make sure that our library community is integral in getting Michigan citizens involved in the redistricting process. To learn more about Michigan’s new redistricting process or obtain more information about the upcoming public hearings please visit
MLA is working in partnership with the communications team from the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to engage libraries in the redistricting plan for the State of Michigan. 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.

As the process is unfolding, and before commissioners draft any redistricting plan, the MICRC will be holding at least 10 public hearings throughout the state of Michigan. The purpose of the public meetings is to: 1) inform the public about the redistricting process, 2) share the purpose and responsibilities of the commission, and 3) solicit information from the public about potential redistricting plans.

If you are interested in volunteering your time as a greeter at one of the public meetings at any of the locations listed here, please reach out to Debbie Mikula, and she will give you more information and pass your contact information along to the event organizers. Read more
Latest Updates on Coronavirus Orders, OMA and Workplace Protocols
During this rapidly changing situation, we are actively monitoring legislation and regulations related to COVID-19. Please watch MLA's website for important news and announcements as we keep you informed.
MLA Updates Quarantine Recommendations for Returned Library Materials
The quarantine period for books and other materials loaned and returned to a library during the pandemic has been the subject of much discussion. Seven days for everything? Four days for this, two days for that? 24 hours?

Early on in the pandemic, MLA made a recommendation that relied on the newly released REALM study results, but with each passing test and no formal recommendation from OCLC, our members began looking at other local and national authorities for advice and counsel.

Libraries across Michigan consulted with their local departments of health and have done in-depth research into the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) statement that the principal mode of transmission of COVID-19 is through exposure to respiratory droplets. They have also taken into consideration the comfort/safety of their boards, staff members and patrons.

According to the CDC, based on available epidemiological data and studies of environmental transmission factors, surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is considered to be low. MLA feels comfortable in relinquishing our recommendation and letting each library make a personal choice on whether to continue quarantining their loaned items. As many of our members have stated to us, circulation is still low, items tend to have a natural resting period on the shelves, and libraries have taken the necessary precautions on cleaning/processing. The CDC continues to state that “The risk of transmission can be reduced by wearing masks consistently and correctly, practicing hand hygiene, cleaning, and taking other measures to maintain healthy facilities.”

MLA also wants to be sure that you take note of the quarantine policies still in place by MCLS and some of the Cooperatives on this issue.

Updated Gatherings and Face Mask Order – In Effect Through May 24, 2021
On April 16, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) extended its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order. The order includes the expansion of mask requirements to children ages 2 to 4 to further protect the state’s residents and remains in effect through May 24, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

There are gathering restrictions for library facilities. A gathering at a retail setting, library, or museum must not exceed 50% of total occupancy limits established by the State Fire Marshal or a local fire marshal. Nevertheless, a retail store, library, or museum may permit one customer at a time to enter if strict adherence to the 50% total occupancy limit would otherwise result in closure.

MI VACC to Normal
On April 29, Governor Gretchen Whitmer set Michigan on a pathway to return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy.
The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will use four vaccination-based milestones -- using data for Michiganders 16 years or older who’ve received their first dose -- to guide future steps required to get back to normal:
55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks 
  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.

60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks 
  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%. 
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%. 
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%. 
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars. 

65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks 
  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties. 
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings. 

70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks 
  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.
Emergency Rules Extended by MIOSHA
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has extended its emergency rules until October 14, 2021. (NOTE: the emergency rules can be modified or withdrawn at any time in response to changes in COVID-19 spread.)
Under the emergency rules, employers must continue to implement policies that require remote work for employees where remote work is feasible, to help ensure that COVID-19 transmission is mitigated to the maximum extent possible. While in-person work is permitted when remote work is not feasible, remote work is recommended as a strategy to minimize in-person contacts and is included in guidance from the CDC and Federal OSHA to protect employees in the workplace.
The rules establish workplace safety requirements and employers should coordinate these requirements with the MDHHS Emergency Order restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and childcare facilities, placing capacity limitations on stores, bars and other public venues and providing safer workplaces.
Michigan Library Advocacy Day 2021
On Tuesday, April 20th, library advocates from all across Michigan met with Michigan legislators (via Zoom) to educate them on the value of our libraries and the critical role of library staff. Thank you to everyone who participated and a special thanks to everyone who stepped up as a call leader. Watch the advocacy day kick-off morning rally with special guest U.S. Rep. Andy Levin who set the tone and welcomed over 180 advocates to Michigan Library Advocacy Day. Michigan is lucky that he is representing us in D.C., but the library community is even luckier to call him one of our greatest Library Champions! Watch the full session:
Advocacy Day Hosts
ALA Advocacy Update: Build America’s Library Act
Introduced in the Senate on January 28 (S. 127) by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), along with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and the House on March 3 (H.R. 1581) by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI-9) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the Build America’s Libraries Act would provide $5 billion in funding to upgrade the nation's library infrastructure to address challenges such as natural disasters, COVID-19, broadband capacity, environmental hazards, and accessibility barriers. This groundbreaking legislation would pave the way for new and improved library facilities in underserved communities across the country. Michigan libraries would be eligible for over $135 Million.

In order to ensure that the Build America's Libraries Act advances as stand-alone legislation or part of a larger infrastructure package, we need to continue building support for the bill and awareness of library facility needs. For more information, visit:

Take action now and urge President Biden and your U.S. Senator and House member to invest in library infrastructure!
ALA FY2022 #FundLibraries Campaign
President Biden is expected to soon submit the details of his proposed budget spending requests for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which includes federal funding amounts for libraries. Libraries need our help NOW until the final budget is signed in order to ensure that libraries are fully funded in the next fiscal year.

The American Library Association (ALA) has launched the annual FY2022 #FundLibraries Campaign. Check out resources that can be shared amongst your community. Included is the one-page introduction to federal library funding, state-by-state library factsheets to share with your elected officials, and a handy visual guide on the overall federal appropriations process.

For FY2022, ALA is asking Congressional appropriators to include funding of at least $206 million for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and $50 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant program.

Please contact your Senators and ask them to sign the Dear Appropriator letters before the May 7th deadline.
Save the Date for MLA 2021 Annual Conference: Connect to the Future
The MLA 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually via Hopin on Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14. The conference theme is Connect to the Future. Attendee registration will open on July 5, 2021. Save the date and watch MLA's Primary Source for more information in the coming month!
MLA 2021 Virtual Partner Opportunities
Do you offer products and services for libraries? Don't miss the opportunity to connect with hundreds of library staff at the MLA 2021 Annual Conference. Exhibit in the virtual expo hall, or become an event sponsor with one of our virtual sponsorship opportunities!

Support our libraries by sharing the invitation with your vendors!

Call for Proposals: MLA 2021 Annual Conference
The MLA 2021 Annual Conference work group is seeking proposals for breakout programs and Lightning Talks for the MLA 2021 Annual Conference which will be held virtually via Hopin on October 13-14, 2021.
This has been a year of expedited growth and innovation. It has been a year of strength and resiliency. It has been a year of social distanced community collaboration. You’ve been spearheading new initiatives, discovering new ways to reach your patrons and students, and striving to improve your professional skills.

We want to hear all about it, and about how your ideas are going to drive Michigan’s libraries and library professionals into the future!

Visit us on the web for complete details or download the Breakout Session Proposal Requirements (pdf) or the Lightning Talk Proposal Requirements (pdf) to learn more about submitting a proposal.

Submissions for Breakout Programs are welcome through Friday, May 21, 2021. Submissions for Lightning Talks are due Friday, August 6, 2021.
So You Want to Be a Library Director?
Join MLA and Cathy Russ, Library Director at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library for a two-part virtual program all about becoming a library director! Learn more and register.
Learn more about the library director role and what it takes in session one and get ready to move forward in your career at the second session that will help you prepare for an interview.

Session 1: Do You Want to be a Library Director?
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: Interview Tips for Future Library Directors
Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MLA members can attend both sessions for only $50! Early Bird Rates expire May 7, 2021. View complete details and register at
Cathy Russ is the director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library. Prior to that, she was Director of the Troy Public Library from 2007-2020. From 2010-2014, she was an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, teaching Library Administration and Management. Honored as the MLA 2019 Librarian of the Year, Russ has been an MLA member since 2000. She has mentored many professionals through MLA’s Mentor program and is passionate about growing the next generation of library directors.
Cultural Intelligence: Unconscious Bias Affects Everyone
You've heard of IQ and EQ, but what about CQ? Cultural Intelligence (CQ) refers to our ability to function effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultural boundaries. Cultural Intelligence building is a life-long journey, and all can improve their CQ over time. Join us on Wednesday, May 5 and learn how to improve you're CQ

Relevant to all staff, this workshop introduces concepts and actions which shape personal and organizational cultural competencies. Through highly interactive content, our conversation will change perceptions and actions in ways that encourage and nurture. The train-the-trainer format leaves learners with the materials and confidence to develop training programs in their own organizations. This workshop also explores how CQ can shape our libraries’ policies, services, and programs in ways that help our staff and users bridge the culture gaps and cross the cultural boundaries of our ever-changing communities.

Improving our organizational CQ fosters trust in our libraries and makes our libraries more effective community anchors. Build your CQ and learn tools you can apply immediately as you shape your library’s future!

Registration is only $55 for MLA members. Learn more and register today!
Marla Ehlers was trained by CQ expert Dr. Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim and certified through the Cultural Intelligence Center and has facilitated many workshops on CQ among a variety of learners. Marla most recently presented on Cultural Intelligence for the Public Library Association as well as the Florida State Department’s Library and Information Services Division. With over 25 years in libraries and a background in teaching, children’s services, and library administration, Marla currently leads her own consulting firm.
Executive Summit: Strategic Planning Workshop
Take the opportunity to revisit strategies, plan for the future, and identify the opportunities to go forward with intention and strategic focus. Join MLA and Carrie Hammerman from NEW at our virtual Executive Summit on Wednesday, May 26. Learn more and register.
The challenges and changes of the past year have been significant for the library community in Michigan. After shutting our doors in the early days of the pandemic, libraries have had different experiences with reopening and offering services in the community. Some have opened up at lower capacities while others continue to remain closed and offer curbside service. Libraries have also sought different ways to attend to the need for broadband access (i.e. mobile hotspots) and public health (i.e. food distribution sites).

Now, many months into this pandemic, Michigan Libraries should take the opportunity to revisit strategies, plan for the future, and identify the opportunities to go forward with intention and strategic focus.

This workshop will be interactive and include opportunities for members to engage with one another. Attendees will explore strategic questions such as:

  • How has this recent year impacted our strategic focus?
  • What are our roles in the community that we serve?
  • What are our strengths and how can we leverage them going forward?
  • Who are the constituencies that we serve and what are their needs?
  • What is our desired vision for the library - what would it look like if we are successful?
  • What are the external and internal forces that impact our ability to go forward in pursuit of this vision?

Registration is only $35 for MLA members! Early Bird Rates expire May 12, 2021.
Carrie Hammerman (she/her/hers) - Organizational Development Director.
Carrie has been part of NEW since 2014. Carrie spent 15 years prior in the nonprofit and public sectors as a program manager and policy analyst. She uses her background in evaluation, research, and engagement for the benefit of clients and cohorts. Carrie takes great joy in exploring the "why" behind clients’ missions and values. She's also passionate about charting a strategic direction to help you realize your vision.
Library Continuing Education Program Stipends
Continuing education stipends are available through the Library of Michigan Library Continuing Education Program. Michigan public, academic and school library staff are eligible to apply for funds to attend virtual events.

Applications are due on the last business day of the month. View complete details and apply at
MLA Connect provides virtual education and engagement opportunities you can access from anywhere to keep you connected to the library community in Michigan! Read on to check out the lineup of upcoming MLA Connect programs. Missed an MLA Connect event? Check out archived webinars and coffee hours on the MLA website. Please note recordings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.
Do you have news you want to share? Contact Lisa Buttigieg at to share news of promotions, new hires, appointments, awards or a tribute in memoriam.
On the Move
Tera Moon has been selected as the new Library Director of Bloomfield Township Public Library. Wishing you all the best in your new role Tera. Congratulations!
Kathy Lester, school librarian at East Middle School in Plymouth, Michigan, has been elected the 2022-2023 president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Lester will serve as president-elect during 2021-2022. Congratulations Kathy!
Wishing all the best to Marge Kinzy, who retired from Mount Clemens Public Library. Thank you for many years of service to our library and the communities you served. 
View these jobs and more at the MLA Career Center. Have a job to post? Members receive deep discounts on job postings through the MLA Career Center job board Learn more here.

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