Executive Director's Desk - May 12, 2016


Thank you candidates standing for MLA Board of Directors election and congratulations newly elected MLA Directors. This year the MLA Nominating Committee which was headed by Past President Asante Cain did an outstanding job compiling a slate for elections. The committee found candidates ready and willing to serve their library profession and association by stepping up to run for a board position.

We had an outstanding voter turnout, higher than any in the past five or more years. We also had some tight races which tells me we had an excellent slate of candidates.

I would like to thank our retiring directors for their service on the board. MLA past president Asante Cain and Directors Kay Schwartz, Kelly Jacobsma and Jackie Wrosch have proven to be effective leaders and have given generously of their time and expertise to help move MLA forward. MLA and the library community offer our gratitude.

Congratulations to MLA President-Elect Steven Bowers, DALNET. Our new MLA Directors are: Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Kent District Library; Marc Boucher, Lake Superior State University; Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library; and Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library. Please join me in welcoming these new directors to our board. Monique Oldfield, Wayne State University, was appointed by the board as next year’s ACRL representative assisting current representative Mollie Freier.

MLA is in good hands as we embark on a new year of exciting changes. This is also a good time to acknowledge and thank all the MLA volunteers who worked to put together an outstanding line up of workshops and conferences for 2015-16. Bringing quality speakers on the latest trends and library topics takes teamwork and leadership.

The 2016-17 call for volunteers was highly successful and next year’s workgroups are ready to get started. People volunteer for a number of reasons and often find they end up receiving as much or more than they give in these situations. Some are motivated to share a skill, get to know a community, demonstrate commitment to their chosen field, gain leadership skills or recognition. Some volunteers want to make new friends, be part of a team or simply have fun. Volunteering also can promote personal growth while it strengthens your library community. Giving back to your community and your association is one way to further not only your own profession but others as well. Thank you for your service.

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This Year’s Dynamic Executive Summit Hits Strategic Financial Planning and the Future

This year’s Executive Summit is all new and focuses on one of the most important issues in today’s libraries, finances. Strategic financial planning and long-range budgeting for executive administration will include details of Oakland County’s long-term strategic financial planning and long-range budgeting process and how it can be adapted for use by library executives. Included are examples of the planning and budgeting process and the benefits obtained from using long-range planning.   A second presentation covers budgeting advice from library directors. In this session three successful library directors (two public and one academic) will provide tips on creative budgeting and long term forecasting to address limited resources with much of the session devoted to participants’ questions.

Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association, will speak on the Future of Libraries. He will highlight some of the work of the Center, including its approach to futuring and the trend resources it has developed. Thinking through how this work can be leveraged with staff, he will explore how consumer trends can help develop a sense of urgency for change, how trends lead to innovation, and how staff can be empowered as trend-spotters and innovators from wherever they are in an organization.

Our popular Executive Exchange is back. During this quick-paced session, participants will have an opportunity to present a challenging situation to colleagues and then brainstorm solutions to some of the more common struggles associated with being a leader in the information industry.   

Also included this year is our special MLA Legislator of the Year recognition being presented to Senator Jack Brandenburg. A library supporter and champion, Sen. Brandenburg has spearheaded our current tax capture legislation and was instrumental in seeing that libraries were included in Personal Property Tax reimbursements. Join us as we honor this legislative leader.

Early bird ends May 20 so sign up now.

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