MLA’s “Primary Source” is an exclusive, first-hand account of the latest news and announcements from the staff of the Michigan Library Association.
September 24, 2020
Letter from Debbie
Like many of you, my internal calendar resets and my new year begins when September rolls around. Perhaps it is because the summer is winding down and school begins in earnest. Perhaps it is because of the change in the weather. September has always given me the chance to reflect on accomplishments, to step up my game, and to set new parameters to achieve our goals for the upcoming year.

A few days ago, I was thinking of how much work we have accomplished, and how much we have added to our plates and taken on since the pandemic. I like to work “proactively”, but the pandemic has most of us working “reactively” and I hate to admit how much of our advocacy work is still not settled, still a bit chaotic – we still have many spinning plates in the air (and who, might I ask, lit them on fire?) Read more
MLA Equity Fund Grant Awardees Announced
MLA Equity Fund Grants aim to reduce financial barriers to professional development opportunities and support individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession
It is our pleasure to announce the recipients of MLA's Equity Fund Grants!

We are pleased to announce that Tynisha Dungey, Jade Epps, and Angela Maddox-Bonner from the Willard Public Library, have been awarded grant funds. The Willard Public Library in Battle Creek Michigan is an outstanding example to the library community of promoting values of equity, diversity and inclusion. Congratulations to Tynisha, Jade, and Angela for submitting exceptional individual proposals and being granted these funds. We are proud to support their professional development endeavors. The awardees' projects begin on October 1, 2020.
Angela Maddox-Bonner
Willard Public Library
Tynisha Dungey
Willard Public Library
Jade Epps
Willard Public Library
Call for Nominations for 2021 Board Elections
The call for nominations for candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors Election opens tomorrow, Friday, September 25. 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 2.
MLA has seats to fill and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC), chaired by Past President Kristin Shelley, is looking for interested candidates to fill three at-large seats plus a President-Elect position on the MLA Board of Directors, with terms beginning in July 2021 and ending in June 2024.

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, ever 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 2 when nominations close, 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 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020. To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form online. For any questions please contact Debbie Mikula, Executive Director at

MLA Welcomes New Board Member
We are pleased to welcome Anne Heidemann, Director of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Library to the MLA Board of Directors.

Anne will serve a 9-month term through June 20, 2021, filling the seat vacated by retired Secretary/Treasurer Richard Schneider.
ALA Councilor Report
We are very lucky to have such wonderful representation at the national level by our ALA Councilor, Jennifer Dean. For the past two years, she has represented MLA’s interests. Part of her responsibility is to connect Michigan to the national agenda and to represent us at the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conventions. Due to the unusual circumstances with the global pandemic, Jennifer has been attending these events virtually and has done an outstanding job writing up her findings and reporting back out to the field. Here is her most recent report:
ALA Councilor
Jennifer L. Dean
University of Detroit Mercy Libraries
MLA 2020 Youth Literary Awards Winners and Honor Books
We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! awards on October 27 at 1:00pm during MLA's virtual Fall Institute for Youth Services!
The awards selection group members worked throughout the year spending thousands of hours reading, reviewing and ranking hundreds of books to establish their lists of the top titles published in 2019. We look forward to revealing the winners and honor books on Tuesday, October 27 at 1:00pm during Fall Institute. For those not attending the conference, we will share the news on social media so keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter!

Click the photos below to visit us on the web and review the short list of titles vying for the 2020 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! awards.
October is Michigan Library Appreciation Month
Check out ways to join the celebration and help us highlight Michigan libraries, librarians, and library workers all October long!
Get ready to celebrate Michigan Library Appreciation Month! This October we are celebrating Michigan libraries and library staff and highlighting all the many ways libraries facilitate exploration and discovery!

During these unprecedented times, Michigan libraries have expanded their access to digital content and found innovative ways to continue their programming virtually.

Help us highlight the amazing work our libraries continue to do to support our communities, and promote all of the amazing virtual, digital and distance programs, services and collections available and waiting for Michigan library patrons to discover.

Join us in participating in Michigan Library Appreciation Month and help us bring awareness to our libraries and the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in continuing to serve our communities.

There are several ways libraries, library staff and patrons can get involved. Last month we asked that you submit the Michigan Library Appreciation Month proclamation to your local elected officials to give them time to proclaim their support! If you have not done so already, we encourage you to contact your elected officials as soon as possible. Issuing a proclamation can sometimes take several weeks but it's simple to do:

  • Identify a council member, mayor or supervisor to sponsor the proclamation. Contact information can be found on your local city, county or township website

We also have several other ways to get involved! Download social media graphics, sample posts, a sample press release and more. Check out our media kit with resources and easy ways to participate and plan to join the celebration to highlight Michigan libraries, librarians, and library workers all October long!
MLA Annual Membership Meeting Notice
Notice is hereby given to MLA members that the Annual Meeting will take place during MLA 2020 Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 2:45 to 3:45pm via Zoom. MLA 2020 Virtual Conference registration is not required to attend the annual meeting and all members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Members will receive an invitation with the Zoom link to attend the meeting in early October. A copy of the agenda is linked here.

The annual meeting is a time to hear about MLA’s progress during 2019-2020 and to vote on any matters that are necessary for membership review.
Membership to Vote Online on Bylaw Updates Before 2020 Annual Meeting
The Michigan Library Association Board of Directors is recommending changes to the organization’s bylaws. Due to the global pandemic and a virtual annual meeting for 2020, an online vote will take place between Monday, October 5, and Thursday, October 29 at 2:00 pm. An announcement of the results of the voting will take place at the MLA Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 29 at 2:45 pm. All members eligible to vote based on the current bylaws (organizational members, unaffiliated library directors, and affiliated/unaffiliated individual members) will receive voting instructions via email. All members are encouraged to read the proposed draft of the MLA Bylaws and note the following changes generally and by section. Read more
$1 Million Increase in State Aid to Libraries for FY21
Our voices have been heard!

Our advocacy efforts (yours, mine, and ours) have paid off!

We did it!

The library community has been rewarded with a $1 million increase to the FY21 State Aid to Libraries.

This kind of increase takes determination, time, and lots of hard work…For the past few years, we asked for an increase. A year ago, we were hopeful that our legislative leaders would add this as a supplemental as the budget “season” dragged on. This year, in the midst of dramatic budget cuts throughout our state – caused by a global pandemic and worsening economic challenges – we were hopeful to remain flat. But that certainly isn’t the case!

As of September 23, Michigan legislators voted to approve the FY21 State Budget with an increase in State Aid to Libraries of $1 million GF/GP for a total of $13,067,700. Other line items for the Library of Michigan – 33 FTE - $4.9M, Michigan eLibrary - $1.7M (the MeL GF was cut by about $32,000), and Library Services and Technology Programs - $5.6M have remained somewhat similar to past year’s budgets with general increases to staff salaries, Governor Whitmer is expected to sign this budget into law in the coming days and it will become effective on October 1, 2020. The Governor's office issued a press release yesterday evening stating: "The Michigan Legislature and the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have worked together to put the Fiscal Year 2021 budget in place that will soon become law. It is a budget that funds shared priorities such as education, economic development, public health, public safety, and the environment."

View the FY2020-2021 General Omnibus Budget. The Library of Michigan budget appropriations can be found on page 104-105.

Our message over the years has resonated and we are thankful every time you contact your legislators by picking up the phone, writing a note, sharing an email, inviting them to read a story or hold their coffee hours at your library, and/or responding to an MLA call to action. They absolutely know the importance and value of libraries in their communities.

Advocacy happens year-round – now is not the time to let up. We each have a job to do. The Governor and our legislators will begin to quickly get their priorities in place and another cycle will be underway to develop the FY22 budget – expected to be a challenging year due to the coronavirus. It will be even more critical in the next 6 months to keep our legislators informed of what you are doing, how this increase has helped you, and what your library means to your community.

Take time today – RIGHT THIS MINUTE to thank your Senator, your House Member, and the Governor. You can find your legislators and send an email using the button below. We’ve created a quick thank you template if you need it, but feel free to personalize and share your heartfelt appreciation.
SB 611 Privacy Act Updates
For the past year, MLA and our members have worked diligently with Senator Peter MacGregor (R-Rockford) to make sure that any changes to the Michigan Library Privacy Act (1982 PA 455) continue to protect the rights of Michigan citizens.

After an extensive pause in moving bills through the legislative process due to the coronavirus, a few weeks ago, SB611 (S-2) was moved from the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee to the full Senate. With a slight amendment recommended by the MLA Board and approved by Senator MacGregor, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, SB611 (S-2) was heard on the Senate floor and was passed with a unanimous vote of approval. We are proud to say that it will now move onto the Michigan House of Representatives for their consideration (we think after the election) and then onto Governor Whitmer for her final signature (hopefully before the end of the year).

The proposed bill – SB611 – removes obstacles and legal barriers libraries sometimes face when a crime has been committed in the library while providing for continued protection to a libraries core foundational value…protecting patron privacy…in their reading histories, materials borrowed, resources reviewed, or services used at the library.

The greatest change to the Michigan Library Privacy Act as proposed in SB611 has come in clarifying that a library record does not include video surveillance and that video surveillance can be turned over to law enforcement without a court order if it shows no identifying records. Libraries have an obligation to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the public that they serve. By updating the current Act we are providing the potential to make libraries safer by hastening the investigation of crimes committed in the library and on library property through video surveillance.

The MLA board, staff and our 1700 members across Michigan are highly supportive of the current revisions to the Michigan Library Privacy Act and recommend passage of SB611.
Executive Orders: The Latest Updates as of Sept. 17
MLA continues to follow the Governor's Executive Orders to monitor their impact on libraries. Here is the status and a short recap of Executive Orders of note to libraries as of September 17, 2020:

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 in indoor spaces, this order clarifies that indoor social gatherings and organized events among persons not part of the same household remain limited to 10 people or fewer statewide.

EO 2020-177 - Declaration of the State of Emergency and state of disaster-related to the COVID-19 pandemic effective immediately and continuing through October 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm.

Legislator Outreach - New Monthly Newsletter
MLA is sharing a monthly communication with our elected officials where we will continue to educate them on the value of our libraries and the critical role of library staff. These monthly updates will 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. View September's Legislator newsletter.
Last Call to Complete the 2020 Census
Libraries are essential, trusted partners in achieving a complete count in the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census will determine how more than a billion dollars in library funding will be allocated to our states and communities over the next decade. Everything from schools and Head Start to healthcare and emergency relief depends on a complete and inclusive Census count.

In August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would end all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, one month earlier than originally planned.

Michigan is currently tied for sixth in the nation when it comes to responding to the 2020 census. If we're not counted, our communities won't get their fair share. One in three U.S. households has not filled out the Census form - and the deadline is the end of this month! Complete your Census before September 30.

Share the message with your patrons: If your household hasn't yet filled out the 2020 Census, please respond today. It only takes 10 minutes to fill out your Census - and it will support your library for the next 10 years. There’s still time to be counted - the deadline to fill out the 2020 Census is September 30, 2020.
What's Your Library Card Worth?
Check out available Return on Investment (ROI) calculators to share with your patrons showing just how valuable a library card is!
How valuable is your local library? Use this handy Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association.
Is Your Library a Ballot Drop-off Location?
With record number of absentee voters registered for the upcoming elections, we encourage you to connect with your local election clerk about the possibility of placing a ballot box at your library. To find your local clerk’s information, you can visit
Upcoming MLA Connect Webinar: Findings and Resources From the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Kendra Morgan
REALM Program Manager, OCLC
As libraries across the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent.
Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums.
Join REALM program manager, Kendra Morgan to learn more about the testing process and results, how project resources can inform your local decisions, and what you can expect from the project in the months to come.
Registration is FREE for both members and non-members. Please submit your questions regarding the REALM Project during registration.
Registration is first-come, first-served. A maximum of 500 attendees can attend the live webinar. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the webinar on the zoom platform.
Questions? Contact us at (517) 394-2774 or
MLA Connect Webinar: Designing Equitable and Inclusive Patron Policies
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
10:00 – 11:00 am
Anne Seurynck
Attorney, Foster Swift Collins & Smith
Is your library an equitable and inclusive environment for your community? How should your library draft policies that create a welcoming environment for patrons of varied backgrounds and beliefs?

In this virtual event, Anne Seurynck from Foster, Swift, Collins, & Smith PC, will discuss the most important library operational policies including those surrounding patron behaviors, meeting rooms, material selection, and library displays.

Registration is FREE for members and $50.00 for non-members.
Registration is first-come, first-served. A maximum of 500 attendees can attend the live webinar. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the webinar on the zoom platform.
Questions? Contact us at (517) 394-2774 or
Archived MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Library Social Services
Tiffany Russell, LMSW, Social Worker at the Niles District Library
On September 15, we welcomed Tiffany Russell, LMSW, as a special guest on our MLA Connect Coffee Hour to discuss how libraries are our communities’ safety net and provide critical assistance and services to those who need it most, even when community access in the library building is limited or unavailable.

The full recording of the coffee hour can be viewed in our MLA Connect Coffee Hour Archives, or watch on Youtube by clicking the video link below:
Early Bird Rates and Group Package Registration Expire Tomorrow!
We're "Charting a New Course, Together" and going virtual! Join the adventure! Register today for the new MLA 2020 Virtual Conference, October 28 and 29, 2020. Early Bird Rates expire tomorrow!
The countdown to MLA 2020 Virtual Conference in on! The conference work group has gone above and beyond this year, not only doing the work to transition to a virtual conference, but planning an exceptional lineup of speakers, educational sessions and fun networking opportunities. We can't wait to share this virtual experience with the library community next month!

MLA 2020 Virtual Conference Work Group Pictured left to right: First Row: Claire Lopiccolo, Conference Chair: Kevin King. Second Row: Jackie Wrosch, Andrea Vernola, Tim Gleisner, James Pugh, Sherri McConnell. Not pictured: Amber Alexander, Mattie Cook, Jill Lansky, Bethany Maley, Terry New, and Jill Spreitzer. (Photo taken last year before the pandemic.)
MLA 2020 Virtual Registration Options
We're pleased to offer a group pass option for our organizational members at a deep discount in addition to individual registration passes. Our virtual conference group pass packages will allow multiple staff members from different levels, roles, and career stages to attend for a flat fee, regardless of their individual MLA membership status.

Organizational group passes are only available to MLA organizational members. Individual registration rates are dependent on MLA Individual membership status.

Group Pass Packages must be purchased by September 25, 2020.
Individual Early Bird Rates expire September 25, 2020.

View detailed information along with guidance to help you select the registration option that works best for you at
Education Sessions
This year we are offering four tracks to help you organize your educational experience. Attend sessions in one track, or choose your own adventure by mixing and matching educational programs. Session listings also indicate attendee experience and knowledge levels to help you further customize your MLA 2020 Virtual experience - Foundational (for those with no previous knowledge of the topic) and Applied (for those with some previous knowledge of the topic).
Our lineup of education sessions has been carefully selected to assist library staff with 2020's challenges. Sessions to help you deal with the new normal of operating during a global health crisis include sessions on creating virtual and distance programs and services, and common legal concerns and issues to be aware of such as privacy, copyright, discrimination and liability issues with virtual programs; as well as sessions on designing thoughtful and safe physical spaces, and techniques to increase resilience and reduce stress related to COVID-19.

Timely programming on increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our libraries and communities will engage attendees in sessions on creating inclusive collections and the legal and library management aspects of inclusivity. Plus, don't miss sessions on designing online education for adult learners, branding your library, funding opportunities, developing community partnerships and more!

If you're having a hard time selecting which sessions to attend, don't worry! Attendees will have exclusive access to recordings of every conference session to review on-demand. Session recordings will be available approximately one week after the conference concludes.

Check out the complete lineup of education sessions, including session tracks, attendee knowledge level, and learning objectives at
Featured Speakers
Wednesday, October 28
Opening Keynote
With Beth Ziesenis
Afternoon Keynote
With State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice
All-Conference Session
With Author Alicia D. Williams
Thursday, October 29
Morning Keynote
With Dr. Ernest Morrell
Closing Keynote
With Author and Musician Wesley Stace
MLA 2020 Virtual Conference provides the ideal environment for connecting with vendors. Browse for products and services in the virtual expo hall and connect with vendors in virtual booths featuring both live stream and chat options as well as prerecorded videos, special offers and more.
MLA 2020 Virtual and Fall Institute for Youth Services Preconference will be hosted using Hopin.
Add an MLA 2020 Virtual Facebook Profile Frame
Add an MLA 2020 Virtual Conference frame to your Facebook profile picture and help spread the word, get excited and show your support.

To add a profile frame, visit and search for MLA 2020 Virtual Conference.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Annual Conference is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Service
Scholarship Applications for MLA 2020 Virtual and Fall Institute Due Tomorrow
We are excited to gather virtually with the Michigan library community next month and we don't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to attend because of financial reasons.

MLA provides close to $10,000 annually for librarians and support staff at any Michigan library to attend MLA events. There are two specific funds that provide scholarships – the MLA Education Fund and the MLA/MALC Academic Library Fund. Individual members of MLA are eligible for MLA Education Fund and MLA/MALC Academic Library Fund scholarships.  

Scholarship applications are due this Friday, September 25. The application forms are very short and simple!  

Don't miss out on attending MLA 2020 Virtual Conference or Fall Institute for Youth Services! If you need financial support to attend, learn more and apply online:
Library Continuing Education Program Stipends
Continuing education stipends are also available through the Library of Michigan Library Continuing Education Program. (Our thanks to Karren Reish for this info!)  
Michigan public, academic and school library staff are eligible to apply for funds to attend MLA 2020 Virtual or Fall Institute. Applications are due September 30. 
View complete program details, eligibility and criteria, and apply:,9327,7-381-88855_89737-359559--,00.html
Fall Institute for Youth Services Virtual Preconference
Register today for MLA's Fall Institute for Youth Services Preconference, this October 27 leading into the MLA 2020 Virtual Conference on October 28 and 29, and join hundreds of teen and youth services library staff from across Michigan.

The MLA Fall Institute 2020 theme is People First. Join us as we focus on creating equitable, diverse and inclusive collections, programs and services, and find creative new ways to serve our communities during the global health crisis that put People First and empower library staff, patrons and the communities we serve.

An entire day full of education and inspiration is only $45 for MLA members! Visit us on the web to view detailed conference information, the schedule at a glance, featured speakers, education sessions and special events and register today! Early Bird Rates expire TOMORROW, September 25, 2020.

Please note group pricing is not currently available for the Fall Institute preconference.

Questions? Contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director at (517) 394-2774 ext. 223 or
Afternoon Author Chat With Mindy McGinnis
We are excited to announce that award winning author Mindy McGinnis will join us at Fall Institute on October 27 at 3:45 pm for an afternoon chat about her writing process, moving from her career as a school librarian to an award-winning YA writer, and the importance of writing honest characters and difficult stories.  

Mindy McGinnis is the author of multiple novels that span many genres. From historical to fantasy, contemporary to gothic thriller, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us.
Vendor and Sponsor Opportunities
Do you offer products and services for libraries? Don't miss the opportunity to connect with hundreds of library staff at the MLA 2020 Virtual Conference and the Fall Institute for Youth Service Preconference. Exhibit in the virtual expo hall, become an event sponsor with one of our new and improved virtual sponsorship opportunities, and advertise with an all-new digital advertising package. Support our libraries by sharing the invitation to partner with us with your vendors!
MLA 2020 Virtual Conference
Exhibit, sponsor or advertise and help us chart a new course, together at MLA 2020 Virtual! Learn more and sign up to exhibit, sponsor or advertise at

Download the vendor prospectus or visit us on the web to view details and sign up as a conference sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser using the online form.
Fall Institute Preconference
Support the premier conference for youth library services in Michigan through an exclusive Preconference sponsorship, or exhibit in our Virtual Expo hall!

Download the Fall Institute for Youth Services prospectus and contact Amber Sheerin, MLA Program and Event Director at (517) 394-2774 ext. 223 or to sponsor or exhibit.
Michigan Library Awards Virtual Gala
The Michigan Library Awards is the Michigan library community's very own version of the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the Grammys, and the Tonys!

This October 29, you're invited to join us for the Michigan Library Awards Virtual Gala. Co-hosted by the Michigan Library Association, Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) and the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA), this event is free to attend and will take place during MLA 2020 Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 - 8:00pm.

The celebration begins with a virtual Red Carpet Cocktail Party! Join the virtual festivities from 6:00 - 6:30pm then tune into the award ceremony from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Hosted by author and musician Wesley Stace, this fun event will feature entertainment and special guest appearances as we unveil the winners of the Rising Star, Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth, Heart of a Champion, Support Staff of the Year, Legislator of the Year, Public Librarian of the Year, Academic Librarian of the Year, School Librarian of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us as we celebrate the accomplishments, dedication and service of outstanding library staff, trustees and supporters at the can't-miss virtual event for celebrating excellence in the Michigan library community.
MLA Connect provides virtual education and engagement opportunities you can access from anywhere to keep you connected to the library community in Michigan! 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.
Save the Date for 2021 Spring Workshops
Community Collaborations: Healthy Community Initiatives

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Library Human Resources: Drafting Policies That Work

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The Business of Libraries: Small Business Development

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Cultural Intelligence: Unconscious Bias Affects Everyone

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Technology: Safety and Security Made Simple

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Executive Summit: Economic Forecasting with Census Data

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
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 to Amy Shank, new director of Luther Area Public Library.
LeRoy Community Library has appointed a new director. Welcome Laura Jacobson-Pentces.
Amy Churchill has been selected as the next director of the Lapeer District library, Congratulations Amy!
Seville Township Library is welcoming new director, Justine Peterson. Congratulations!
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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Uniting the Michigan Library Community
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