MLA’s “Primary Source” is an exclusive, first-hand account of the latest news and announcements from the staff of the Michigan Library Association.
October 28, 2021
Movement on the MLA Board of Directors
It is with regret that MLA has accepted the resignation of Kelly Richards as the MLA Board President. Kelly has accepted the position of Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. While Kelly won’t be leaving Michigan until the middle of January, he let us know that his concentration would need to be focused on closing down his role at the Muskegon Area District Library and putting his full energy into preparing for his new role in Philadelphia.
Last week, the MLA Board moved quickly to appoint new leadership. With a unanimous vote, the board moved Ryan Wieber immediately from President-Elect to President. Ryan will serve the remainder of Kelly’s term (8 months) and then assume his own duly elected position as President. While this will leave open the President-Elect position, we believe we will be able to work without this position title for the next 8 months as we are in the midst of recruiting for next year’s Board of Directors as we speak. (Nominations are open until November 8)
To round out the remaining 1 year and 8 months left in Kelly’s term, the MLA Board filled the open seat with seasoned MLA veteran, Kristin Shelley, Director of the East Lansing Public Library.  

Kelly’s leadership will be sorely missed and while we are sad to see him leave MLA and Michigan, he has left an indelible and enduring legacy. God Speed Kelly! 
Stepping into my new role as President of the Michigan Library Association just a bit earlier than expected, I want to first thank Kelly Richards for the great work he has accomplished in his time leading MLA, and for his involvement with the organization over the years. Congratulations to him for his new and upcoming opportunity as Executive Director at the Free Library of Philadelphia. His humility, happy outlook, and natural ability to connect with anyone is a tremendous skill and one that I know we all admire and will miss. I mean, really! Who has not enjoyed stopping to chat with Kelly in the halls of MLA conferences over the years? We will miss him dearly, but we are also absolutely thrilled for his new adventure!

I want to assure our membership that we will not pivot from Kelly’s push to strengthen MLA by incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in everything we do as a professional organization. Words ring hollow if there are no actions to back up statements, and we, fortunately, have some pretty good forward movement at the board level, with staff leadership, and with strong voices from our membership to consider everything we do through a DEI lens with thoughtfulness and necessity.

Our Strategic Priorities for 2021-2023 are powerful and are the guiding force for MLA in planning for educational and professional development opportunities, advocating for libraries and the library profession, and keeping the Michigan library community connected to each other. In our State, we are stronger together because of MLA. Together, our voices make a difference with legislators and stakeholders, and through teamwork we all benefit from sharing knowledge, offering mentorships, and contributing toward professional development. As we rebound and recover from the pandemic and provide library services in brand new, exciting and exhilarating ways, I am so thankful for being part of a professional service organization like MLA where we recognize that the collective strength found in each other creates better libraries and library professionals.

I’m proud of MLA and look forward to serving as your President!
Ryan Wieber
MLA President
Call for Nominations for 2022 Board Elections
Do you know someone who would be a great addition to the MLA Board of Directors? Submit a nomination! We also encourage you to self-nominate if you are interested in serving on the MLA Board! The call for nominations will close on Monday, November 8.
MLA has seats to fill and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), chaired by Past President Jennifer Dean, is looking for interested candidates to fill four at-large seats plus a President-Elect and ALA Councilor Position on the MLA Board of Directors, with terms beginning in July 2022 and ending in June 2025. 

Each year in September, the call for nominations for the MLA Board opens. This year we invite each and every one of our members to apply – individuals representing any type of library, any staff position within the library (not just directors), any size and budget, and in any geographic region of Michigan. 

Our goal this year is to cultivate new board members who can expand the board’s collective cultural awareness. We are looking for candidates with a variety of professional expertise, cultural backgrounds, spectrum of life experiences, and geographic reach, who can help MLA respond to future needs within the library field.

As we expand our search beyond the customary networks (yes – that includes those of you who have never considered this experience), we want to make sure that you know how dedicated we are in engaging new board members to share their perspectives and opinions – opening the door to different ideas and conversations. Our recruitment process, between September 24 and November 8, will be thoughtful, strategic, and respectful as we begin to look for ways to become a more diverse organization.

Self-nominations are definitely accepted. Throw your hat in the ring, we’d love to hear from each and every one of you.

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM on Monday, November 8, 2021. Submit a nomination by clicking the link below. For any questions please contact Debbie Mikula, Executive Director at

More information about qualifications and criteria is linked below:
Only a Few Days Left to Celebrate Michigan Library Appreciation Month
October is Michigan Library Appreciation Month and the celebration continues all month long! Thank you to all who are helping us celebrate! You can still get involved!

Help us finish the month strong and join us in participating in "Staturday" by sharing stats from your library this Saturday! Show off your most impressive numbers, from checkouts to program attendance, and let's continue the celebration of Michigan libraries and library workers!

Plus, check out the proclamation from Governor Whitmer and the video of the Michigan House of Representative's adoption of House Resolution 173, and don't miss our resources, including the Michigan Library Appreciation Month videos and graphics that your library can use to help highlight Michigan libraries and library workers and all the ways they help keep our communities connected!
MLA Awarded $40,000 Services to the Field Grant From MCACA
We are very proud to announce that MLA has been awarded $40,000 for a Services to the Field Grant through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

On October 22, MCACA announced FY22 operational, programmatic and special grant awardees. Funds totaling over $11 million were awarded. View grant recipients by program or county:

Since 1966, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has recognized the value and importance of a vibrant arts and cultural sector. From historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary arts, the Council is dedicated to ensuring that every citizen and community in Michigan enjoy the civic, economic, and educational benefits of arts and culture. And libraries are part of the mix! Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!
MLA Awarded ARPA Capacity Grant
The Library Network, Lakeland Library Cooperative and the Michigan Library Association are proud to announce that we have received $2,252,462 through two grants from the Library of Michigan through the Institute for Museum and Library Services LSTA American Rescue Plan (ARPA). Public libraries in all 83 Michigan counties will soon be eligible for increased digital eContent from Overdrive, and technology tools/equipment (like laptops, Chromebooks, outdoor public address systems, etc.) to help facilitate recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Worthy of note: digital eContent will include topics on workforce development, job-seeking skills, health, mental health, and general educational needs. The project will also include a multi-media awareness campaign directed at library patrons to promote the availability of the increased content, and the technology available for loan and use in Michigan libraries. More information on these projects will be available later in November.
2021 Michigan Library Awards
The 2021 honorees were unveiled on Wednesday, October 13 during the Michigan Library Awards virtual award ceremony broadcast on Facebook, with a special guest appearance by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Missed the broadcast? You can watch the show on Youtube by clicking the image below or click here to view the video on Facebook.
The Michigan Library Awards, brought to you by the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the Library of Michigan, the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME), and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) are awarded annually and are considered the state’s highest honors within the library community. Congratulations to the 2021 Honorees!
The Heart of a Champion Award was awarded to Lyle Clarke of the Rawson Memorial Library. This award recognizes a library supporter who has shown an exceptional commitment to libraries or the library profession through continued advocacy and supporting or providing funding for their local library.
The Rising Star Award was awarded to Marissa Boisclair from the Genesee District Library. The Rising Star Award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in their career. While new to the profession, winners of this award are forward-thinking, expanding the role of librarian and moving libraries into the future.
The Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth was awarded to Sara Magnuson from the Kent District Library. This award is given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth throughout their career.
The Library Support Staff of the Year Award was awarded to Amy Beckman from the Millington Arbela District Library. This award recognizes a support staff professional who goes above and beyond to provide support at their library and who has advanced and strengthened the image of support staff.
The Public Librarian of the Year Award was awarded to Teresa Kline of the Fennville District Library. This award recognizes outstanding library professionals that inspire people, provide innovative library service to their community, promote collaboration among libraries, and show evidence of personal and professional achievement as well as initiative and creativity.
The School Librarian of the Year was awarded to Gwenn Marchesano from Pioneer Middle School in Plymouth, MI. This award celebrates and honors those who have championed school libraries through volunteerism, administrative support and advocacy.
The Academic Librarian of the Year was awarded to Rachel M. Minkin from Michigan State University Libraries. This award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a librarian or library administrator and their contributions to their institution and academic libraries within the academic year 2020-2021.
The State Legislator of the Year was again awarded to State Senator Wayne Schmidt of the 37th State Senate District. This award is presented to elected officials in recognition of outstanding leadership in promoting libraries and supporting legislation or amendments that advance our legislative goals.
Two State Librarian’s Citation of Excellence were awarded at the Michigan Library Awards. The first to the Willard Public Library in Battle Creek and the second to the Auburn Hills Public Library. These Citations of Excellence are awarded by the Library of Michigan Foundation and the Library of Michigan each year to highlight the importance of Michigan libraries’ services. The Citation of Excellence Awards are supported by Martin L. Gibbs in memory of his late wife, Carole Sorenson, and the Library of Michigan Foundation in recognition of former Executive Director Carolyn “Sparky” Mowery.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Peggy Kitchel from the Grosse Pointe Public Library. This award recognizes a deserving librarian for their distinguished service to the library profession over the course of their career.
The State Librarian’s Excellence Award was awarded to the Bellaire Public Library and highlights the importance of Michigan libraries’ services and recognizes an exemplary library for its commitment to excellence. The State Librarian’s Excellence Award is sponsored by the Roger and June B. Mendel Fund through the Library of Michigan Foundation.
Michigan Library Awards Hosts
Holiday Hours
MLA's office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26.
Check out MLA's Bill Tracker, updated monthly by the MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee to inform our members of the Senate and House bills MLA is watching and addressing, our position if any, and actions that we are taking to support or oppose the legislation.
MLA Continues to Oppose House Bill 4536
On Tuesday, October 19, House Bill 4536 passed the House with a vote of 91 in favor and 12 opposed. It has now been transmitted to the Senate where it has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. While still moving through the system, MLA continues to oppose House Bill 4536 as it takes newly established civil fines and allocates them for a purpose other than libraries. MLA will be issuing a further call to action addressed to our Senators in the near future.

House Bills 4535 and 4536 were introduced earlier this year by Rep. Ken Borton, R-Gaylord. House Bill 4535 would prohibit wheeled vehicles from driving on snowmobile trails between December 1 and April 1. House Bill 4536 would direct the fines from these violations to be deposited into an account for the further maintenance of the snowmobile trails.

Penal and civil fines, which are variable across each of our counties, along with state aid to libraries, are the only legislatively directed sources of revenue for libraries. Between 2016 and 2020, in counties in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula where snowmobiling is most prevalent, per capita penal fine rates have dropped by as much as 100% (Arenac, Bay, Kalkaska, Montmorency, Schoolcraft) with a median loss of 26.6%.

As fines are eliminated (i.e. legalization of recreational marijuana), or have changed drastically based on local enforcement (as we saw in 2019 in Mackinaw County), the identification and enforcement of new civil fines should be used to support the operational costs of public libraries as provided in the Michigan Constitution. We also know that the libraries in these areas are already inadequately funded, with many depending on penal fines as their main source of funding.

The Michigan Constitution directs fines imposed on people for breaking the law to go to support public libraries and MLA opposes HB 4536 because it diverts civil fines, even if they are new civil fines, away from local libraries.

Article VIII, sec. 9 of the Michigan Constitution states:

“The legislature shall provide by law for the establishment and support of public libraries which shall be available to all residents of the state under regulations adopted by the governing bodies thereof. All fines assessed and collected in the several counties, townships and cities for any breach of the penal laws shall be exclusively applied to the support of such public libraries, and county law libraries as provided by law.”

MLA isn’t against snowmobiling and it applauds Rep. Borton for introducing HB 4535 to preserve the trails and protect the economic good that the trail system brings to northern Michigan. MLA’s opposition is directed at HB 4536 as a new source of revenue to maintain the trails when the trail system already receives state appropriations and licensing fees for maintenance.

The passage of HB 4536 would hurt libraries, would ignore the intent of the Michigan Constitution, and would be opposed to the will of the people who enacted the Constitution.
Penal Fines Distributed to Public Libraries
While it is true that penal fines have never been intended to be a primary source of a library’s budget, some Michigan public libraries rely on penal fines as an important and reliable “piece of the pie.” Linked here is the chart of penal fine distributions for public libraries compiled by Kathy Webb at the Library of Michigan. 

In 2007, penal fines were at their highest level -- $31.3 million. By 2021, penal fines have dropped to a little more than $19 million or $3.78/capita. Why the big drop? Turmoil caused by the pandemic, and little control on reversing the slow erosion of income from things such as: 

  • Court reform/consolidation;
  • Legalization of recreational marijuana;
  • Increased speed limits on highways;
  • Adoption of parallel local ordinances that reduce penal fines to civil fines;
  • Weigh stations being bypassed with new technology and not being staffed. 

It is also important to know how this distribution happens and the Act that makes it possible. Here for your reading pleasure is Act 59 of 1964 of Michigan Compiled Laws.

The Library of Michigan’s website has background information on penal fines. Check it out here.
CRT Legislation Introduced in Senate
On October 27, 2021, the Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness voted 4 to 1 to move legislation forward that would restrict the way racism is taught in schools. Senate Bill 460 has now been referred to the full Senate for consideration. MLA’s Advocacy and Legislative Committee has flagged this bill and is adamantly opposed as it challenges values inherent to protecting intellectual freedom rights.

The bill would amend the Revised School Code banning school districts in Michigan from teaching critical race theory, material from the 1619 project or presenting Anti-American and racist theories, including teaching that the United States is a fundamentally racist country, or that the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution are fundamentally racist documents. Education officials in Michigan are resolute that no K-12 schools are currently teaching critical race theory.

Senate Bill 460 was first introduced last May by Senator Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and co-sponsored by Senators Kevin Daley, Jim Runestad, Tom Barrett, Roger Victory, Dale Zorn, Rick Outman, and Curtis VanderWall.

MLA stands in opposition to SB 460 along with school librarians from the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME). Lawmakers in over 15 states including Michigan are dealing with the same legislation and while only four have passed legislation limiting how teachers can discuss racism, sexism, and other controversial issues, we must stay vigilant. A call to action will be issued by MLA in the near future. Letters and calls to your state Senators are necessary to keep this from moving forward.
Intellectual Freedom Statement of Principle
The Advocacy and Legislative Committee continues to refine the MLA Action Plan and make sure that our support and/or our opposition on key topics are defined accurately. In early 2021, MLA began the process to define our statement of principle for the Michigan library community as it relates to Intellectual Freedom. Our world continues to evolve and we continue to uphold our values to protect intellectual freedoms - the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Two key stances are evident in this work: 1) MLA stands in opposition to any type of censorship. 2) MLA is a proponent of the accessibility to materials without prejudice to every member of the community. As the digital world continues to evolve, libraries help ensure that people can access the information they need – regardless of age, education, gender.

Letter to Legislators
Check out October's edition of our monthly outreach to Michigan Legislators where we continue to educate them on the value of our libraries and the critical role of library staff. Our monthly letters include information on programs and services that libraries provide, education on library funding, the return on investment for our communities, stats and fun facts about library usage and more.
Think Space
Join us for Think Space, an all-inclusive educational and networking experience designed by library directors for library directors! Join your colleagues for time to THINK deeply in a safe SPACEEarly Bird Rates expire next Friday! Register today to reserve your spot and get the best rates!
Early Bird Rates
Member: $1,595
Non-member: $3,190

Upcoming Deadlines
Early Bird Registration EXTENDED:
November 8, 2021

LOM Continuing Education Stipend Application:
October 29, 2021

MLA Scholarship EXTENDED: 
November 8, 2021

Hotel Registration: 
November 12, 2021

Registration Closes: 
December 1, 2021, or when class is full
Our inaugural Think Space focuses on equity, diversity, accessibility, and belonging. You'll learn from statewide and national experts at interactive sessions that will allow for focused, in-depth exploration, including:

  • Understanding your starting point in the journey towards equity
  • Hiring practices through the lens of EDI
  • Racial equity-based approaches to workforce development & training
  • Legal aspects that are important to consider when drafting EDI policies
  • Social Justice in America today

Think Space registration includes all educational sessions, breakfasts, lunches, receptions, special events, parking, and overnight accommodations in Grand Rapids on December 9, 2021, and Boyne City on May 18, 2022.

Early Bird Rates have been extended through Friday, November 8! Visit MLA's website to learn more about Think Space Speakers and register today!
Financial assistance is available!! We want to bring together library directors and deans from libraries of all types and sizes throughout Michigan to share their experiences and learn from one another. If you would like to attend Think Space, but need financial assistance, please apply for a Library Continuing Education Stipend and/or an MLA Scholarship!

Continuing education stipends are available through the Library of Michigan Library Continuing Education Program. Applications are due tomorrow, Friday, October 29. View complete program details, eligibility and criteria, and apply. Learn more and apply for an MLA Education Fund Scholarship.
Think Space Speakers
Gloria Lara (she/her)
Executive Director, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance 
Susan Doughty (she/her)
Program Director, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance 
Jyarland Daniels, Esq., MBA (she/her)
Founder & President, Harriet Speaks
Marcellus “MT” Turner (he/him)
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Librarian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Ozy Aloziem (she/her)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager, Denver Public Library
NEW MLA Connect Advocacy Hour
MLA Connect Coffee Hours are getting a refresh! Join us the third Thursday of every month at the new MLA Connect Advocacy Hour. Grab a mug of your favorite beverage and join us for coffee and conversation all about our advocacy efforts and legislative priorities.
MLA’s new Advocacy Hour Conversations are an opportunity for the library community to learn more about MLA's advocacy and legislative priorities including funding, elections, property taxes, literacy, internet access, privacy, intellectual freedom and more. Each month, we will address a new topic and share any pending legislation introduced in the House or Senate that could impact the Michigan library community. Open discussion and Q & A will follow this interview-style agenda.

To set the stage for the remainder of 2021, we hope you will join us on Thursday, November 18, as we interview Bob DeVries, MLA Lobbyist, and Jessica Keyser, Chair of the MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee, on the state of libraries in Michigan and MLA's 2021-2022 legislative action agenda. We will hit the ground running on the Open Meetings Act, Headlee Amendment, Election Scheduling, Protection of Penal Fines, and where we stand on bills that challenge intellectual freedom rights. 

On Thursday, December 16, join Lance Werner, Director of the Kent District Library as he talks about intellectual freedom rights, shares his personal experience, and opens a conversation about book challenges, censorship, upholding rights to privacy, library audits, and MLA’s statement of principal. 

Mark your calendars now click the bottom below to register for upcoming MLA Advocacy Hours!
Spring Institute For Youth Services 2022
Spring Institute for Youth Services 2022 is back in person! Save the date and join us March 10-11, 2022 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Conference Center Mt. Pleasant at Central Michigan University.

At MLA's first in-person conference since 2019, we invite you to LEVEL UP. Whether that means growing professionally within your current role, wanting to communicate your vision better to your team, or aspirations for moving up in the profession, we can't wait to share ideas and energy for leveling up to make positive changes within your organization and the library profession.

Upcoming dates to watch for:
  • Call for Proposals is OPEN see details below!
  • EXTENDED - Call for Proposals Closes: November 12, 2021
  • Attendee Registration Opens: December
EXTENDED Call for Proposals: Spring Institute for Youth Services 2022
We invite you to share your ideas and energy for leveling up and making change within your organization and the library profession.

Spring Institute for Youth Services is committed to focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Submissions that highlight these important goals are encouraged, but a wide variety of sessions will be considered for final schedule selection, including leading by example, leadership skills, technology, programming, collection development, avoiding burnout, and more.

Session Proposals are welcome through Friday, November 12. Library Science Fair Proposals are welcome through December 2021. View complete details including an example of an excellent session proposal at
Do you offer products and services for libraries? Don't miss the opportunity to connect with hundreds of library staff and support the premier conference for youth library services in Michigan through a sponsorship, or exhibit booth in our Expo hall!

Download the Spring Institute for Youth Services prospectus and contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director at (517) 881-3194 or to learn more about sponsoring or exhibiting.
Visit us on the web to view recorded education sessions from MLA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Connect to the Future. On-Demand Lightning Talks that were available during the conference are also available for attendees to view online.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at MLA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference: Connect to the Future. Relive the excitement and catch up on the education sessions you missed during the conference! Recordings of every education session are available to view on-demand on the MLA website. Conference attendees will retain access to all available education sessions and keynote recordings.

All you need to do is browse the archives, then log in to your MLA account to view the recorded session.
Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!
Save the Date! Advocacy Day 2022
Save the date for Michigan Library Advocacy Day. We will be gathering together at the Capitol in Lansing to advocate for all Michigan Libraries on March 1, 2022. We hope you can join us!
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
Congratulations are in order for Matt Archibald! Matt has been promoted to Branch Manager of the East Bay branch of the Traverse Area District Library. All the best to you Matt!
Kent District Library is pleased to welcome Kurt Lardie as the Regional Manager II at the Englehardt and Alto Branches. Wishing you all the best Kurt!
Lisa Stafford Poignant Waskin has been elected to serve on the MCLS Board for Michigan and Indiana libraries! Congratulations Lisa!
MLA Database Coordinator Elise Penhollow will be leaving MLA for a new role in the sports world with Olympia Entertainment. Her last day with MLA is November 5. Wishing Elise all the best!
Congratulations to Heather Ladiski of MiALA! Heather is the recipient of a new award named the "Heather Ladiski Excellence in Service Award.” Job well done Heather!
The Director at the Cedar Springs Public Library in Cedar Springs, MI, Donna Clark, will be retiring. She has dedicated much of her time and talents to the growth of the library. Congratulations on your retirement Donna!
Advertise on MLA’s Job Board
Members receive deep discounts on job postings through the MLA Career Center job board. Learn more here.
Brandon Twp Public Library – Ortonville, MI

West Bloomfield Township Public Library – West Bloomfield Township, MI

Addison Township Public Library – Leonard, MI

View these jobs and more at the MLA Career Center.
Communities for Immunity Round 2
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. The award program is funding projects of a range of sizes and complexity in two rounds. The Round Two application window is open through November 1, and awardees will be notified in mid-November. Learn more and apply.
Carnegie-Whitney Award for Guides to Library Resources
The ALA Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Applications are due on November 5. Learn more and apply.
National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
In honor of National Friends of Libraries Week, two Friends groups will be awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week! Entries must be received by December 3, 2021. Learn more and apply.
National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Organizations can access up to $20,000 in support for community-wide reading programs. Applications are due on January 26, 2022. Learn more.
Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program
The American Library Association announced the return of the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program, which seeks to recruit diverse LIS faculty members. In partnership with the University of South Carolina’s School of Information Science, the program will recruit a cohort of 8-10 racially and ethnically diverse doctoral students focused on advancing racial equity and social justice in library and information science curricula. Learn more and apply..
True Value Calculator
Think the value of your local public library is just books? Think again! Use this calculator developed by Syracuse University School of Information Studies to learn the true value of your public library visit. Many library value calculations only consider resources and collections, rather than the labor needed to make those resources accessible. The true value calculator attempts to surface the previously invisible yet important work of librarians by quantifying the cost of expert labor and including it in these value calculations in a highly visible way. Check it out!
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Native Cultural Institutions
The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums has received $3.6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the American Rescue Plan to help Native cultural organizations recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. This money has been earmarked for subgrants for up to 175 Native cultural institutions and their partners. Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be used to rehire furloughed employees, prepare facilities for reopening, document cultural practices, and create new exhibits and programs. Grant applications are due on December 13. Learn more and apply.
Now Accepting Nominations for 2022 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service
IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2022 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities. Complete the online nomination form by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 1, 2021. Learn more
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