Work Groups

Work groups are task-oriented, project-based opportunities that focus on a specific outcome and are closely aligned with volunteer skill sets and interests. The commitment for these work groups is June 2017 through July 2018, although the functional working time will vary by group and usually require less than a full year.

In order to participate, volunteers must maintain current MLA individual membership throughout the committee term. Upon acceptance, you will be advised of your current membership status and any necessary action. Non-members can join MLA online or by calling 517-394-2774.

Workshops

Fundraising Tips and Tricks Workshop

Community Collaborations – Homelessness in Libraries Workshop

Hard Conversations:  Firing and Conflict Management Workshop

Libraries and the Business of People Workshop

Executive Summit

Conferences

Spring Institute

Academic Libraries

MLA 2018 Annual Conference

Awards

MLA Awards

Michigan Author Award

Mitten Award

YouPer Award

Thumbs Up! Award

Program Work Groups

Mentor Match and Development

Webinar and Online Learning Content Curation

Workshops

Fundraising Tips and Tricks Workshop
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Successful fundraising can supplement a substantial portion of your library’s budget if you know how to do it right.  Find out how to launch productive events that your community will enjoy and support.  Look beyond the ordinary to find innovative ideas you can implement with your library in this one-day workshop.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision; fundraising experience (optional)
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2017 – April 2018 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 
     

Community Collaborations – Homelessness in Libraries Workshop
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What is the library’s role in dealing with the homeless population?  Public libraries are designed to be welcoming spaces for all.  As a result, they are often coping with large number of patrons who are homeless or have mental illnesses.  How can your library best serve this increasing segment of your community?

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2017 – April 2018 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 
     

Hard Conversations:  Firing and Conflict Management Workshop
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What’s the best approach to the worst conversations?  There is no painless way to handle performance issues and conflict management, but there are way to help minimize the negative impact on staff and avoid lawsuits.  Learn some of the most successful ways to deal with discord.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision; HR experience (optional)
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2017 – May 2018 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 
     

Libraries and the Business of People Workshop
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Excellent customer service should be the goal of every library.  It’s a people business and your staff and policies should reflect that important aspect of patron service.  Learn how you can ensure your librarians and staff have the skills necessary to provide the right kind of assistance and advice.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2017 – May 2018 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 
     

Executive Summit
Friday, June 1, 2018

Executive Summit is a valuable one-day event designed to engage library leaders at the top or on their way to the top.  Public, academic and specialty librarians all have a chance to learn about the key issues and future of libraries.  Anyone looking to broaden their perspective should attend.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2016 – June 2017 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 

 

Conferences

Academic Libraries
Thursday, March 8, 2018

This one day event shares best practices, emerging trends, career advancement, mentorship and future goals for academic libraries.  This event features several presenters and nationally recognized keynote speakers.

  • Desirable Skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision for the future of academic libraries
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives for the conference, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, support vision and innovation, anticipate emerging trends and hot topics, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing.  Collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular monthly work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Work group meetings are typically once a month from June 2017 – March 2018 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. Every work group member will be required to attend a Work Group Development webinar in June 2017.  This will be a one hour session that can be attended remotely. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office, however all other meetings will be dependent on the decision of the group as to in-person or conference call meetings.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 

 

Spring Institute Conference
March 21 – 23, 2018

This two-day conference held in Grand Rapids, MI brings together approximately 200 statewide children and teen service librarians to share, learn and experience best practices.  Help plan valuable programming that includes national award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision and innovation; trend setting ideas for the youth and teen librarian
  • Chair Responsibilities:  SI 2018 will be chaired by Thais Rousseau, Capital Area District Libraries.  Thais will be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives for the conference, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, support vision and innovation, anticipate emerging trends and hot topics, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise in areas such as social media, exhibits, sponsorships, special events, and program development, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA. 
  • Time Commitment:  Spring Institute work group members are required to meet in person once a month.  Typical meetings are held every third Friday of the month from approximately 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Meeting locations vary, but could include the MLA Office or other library locations.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 

 

Annual Conference
October 17 – 19, 2018

Annual Conference is a three-day conference scheduled for October 17 – 19, 2018 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.  Assist in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision
  • Chair Responsibilities:  MLA will be chaired by Tanya Davidson, Marygrove College.  Tanya will be familiar with MLA’s missions, goals and objectives for the conference, preside over all meetings, create meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, support vision and innovation, anticipate emerging trends and hot topics, assign duties to work group members as necessary, ensure the timeline set forth by MLA is adhered to, record meeting notes and distribute information as needed.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality professional development programing, contribute talents and expertise in areas such as social media, exhibits, sponsorships, special events, and program development, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from the chair or MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Annual Conference work group meetings are typically once a month and range from 2 – 4 hours long each at the MLA Office. The first work group meeting will be required to be in person at the MLA Office in June 2017, however the first real planning meeting will not commence until after the 2017 Annual Conference.  A debriefing meeting will occur with the 2017 and 2018 work group in November 2017.  Once a month in person planning meetings will occur from January 2018 to October 2018.  Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 

Awards

MLA Awards

Help select the winners of the MLA Awards including Up and Comer Award and MLA Heart of a Champion. Also select the recipient of the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellent in Service to Youth, recognizing an MLA member who has made an outstanding contribution to youth through library service and leadership. The work group meets online and in-person on an as-needed basis during the summer and winter months to review applications and select award recipients.

  • Desirable skills:  Interest in or desire to read Michigan-based literature; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; clear communication.
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Work with MLA staff to identify promotional opportunities to raise awareness of the award, distribute nominations to work group members, schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, coordinate work group vote, notify MLA staff of the award winners, present the Pletz award at Spring Institute.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Actively promote the award within your own library and related networks, solicit nominations, participate in scheduled meetings, active participation in discussions concerning candidate qualifications, provide top candidate choices to work group chair as requested, participate in final vote to determine the winner.

Michigan Author Award

The Michigan Author Award recognizes the work of a current Michigan resident or author whose works are identified with Michigan because of subject. The work group will convene in-person and online as needed from December through May to help solicit nominations, review candidates, familiarize themselves with the authors’ works and select a winner.

  • Desirable skills: Interest in or desire to read Michigan-based literature; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; clear communication.
  • Chair Responsibilities: Work with MLA staff to identify promotional opportunities to raise awareness of the award, distribute nominations to work group members, schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, coordinate work group vote, notify MLA staff of the award winners, present the award at Annual Conference.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Actively promote the award within your own library and related networks, solicit nominations, participate in scheduled meetings, active participation in discussions concerning candidate qualifications, provide top candidate choices to work group chair as requested, participate in final vote to determine the winner.

Mitten Award

The Mitten Award recognizes one children’s picture book published in the calendar year that captures the attention of Michigan librarians. The work group will meet online and in-person from June through February to read and review eligible nominations before selecting the winning and honor books.

  • Desirable skills: Interest in or desire to read children’s literature in picture book format; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; clear communication.
  • Chair Responsibilities: Assemble and maintain a reading list based on ratings from selected sources, identify promotional opportunities with MLA staff to raise awareness of the award, distribute nominations to work group members, schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, coordinate work group vote, notify MLA staff of the winning and honor books, present the award at Spring Institute.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in reading and reviewing books on the reading list assembled by the chair, participate in meetings as scheduled, provide top title choices to work group chair as requested, participate in final vote to determine the winning and honor books, actively promote the award within your own library and related networks.

YouPer (Young Person) Award

The YouPer Award recognizes one children’s chapter book published in the calendar year that captures the attention of Michigan librarians. The work group will meet online and in-person from June through February to read and review eligible nominations before selecting the winning and honor books.

  • Desirable skills: Interest in or desire to read children’s literature in chapter book format; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; clear communication.
  • Chair Responsibilities:  Assemble and maintain a reading list based on ratings from selected sources, identify promotional opportunities with MLA staff to raise awareness of the award, distribute nominations to work group members, schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, coordinate work group vote, notify MLA staff of the winning and honor books, present the award at Spring Institute.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in reading and reviewing books on the reading list assembled by the chair, participate in meetings as scheduled, provide top title choices to work group chair as requested, participate in final vote to determine the winning and honor books, actively promote the award within your own library and related networks.

Thumbs Up! Award

The Thumbs Up! Award recognizes excellence in the genre of teen literature published in the calendar year. The work group will meet online and in person from June through February to read and review eligible nominations. Following an online teen vote (March – May), the work group will reconvene to determine the winner and honor books.

  • Desirable skills: Interest in or desire to read YA literature; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; clear communication.
  • Chair Responsibilities: Assemble and maintain a reading list based on ratings from selected sources, identify promotional opportunities with MLA staff to raise awareness of the award, distribute nominations to work group members, schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, encourage productive communication and opportunities to participate, provide MLA staff with top ten list for teen vote, coordinate work group vote, notify MLA staff of the winning and honor books, present the award at Spring Institute.
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in reading and reviewing books on the reading list assembled by the chair, participate in meetings as scheduled, provide top title choices to work group chair as requested, participate in final vote to determine the winning and honor books, actively promote the award within your own library and related networks.

Program Work Groups

Mentor Match and Development

The MLA Mentor program joins individuals to develop and build connections and networks amongst the library profession. Help to continue the success of this program and recruit library professionals to join.  Use your creative side and help develop stronger mentor/mentee relationships through creation of resources and events for the MLA Mentor Program.

  • Desirable skills:  Previous MLA volunteer involvement, leadership qualities, vision
  • Committee Member Responsibilities: Assist MLA staff in matching mentor/mentee relationships, help identify individuals to fill in needs for mentors or mentees, create and provide resources of benefit for mentoring relationships, identify gaps in events or in personal networking opportunities as it relates to the mentor program and recruit interest in the program.
  • Time Commitment – Monthly conference call meetings lasting 1 – 2 hours in length.  Assigned duties or research beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time, but can be accomplished at your own discretion. 
     

Webinar and Online Learning Content Curation

Online learning has provided an easy platform for library professionals to learn from where they are.  Help MLA create ideas and content for webinars throughout the year.  These one hour sessions are easy ways to keep up with learning or trends that need immediate attention in the library community. 

  • Desirable skills:  Project management; ability to plan and meet deadlines; decision making ability; vision
  • Work Group Member Responsibilities: Active participation in creating high quality online professional development content for the MLA Webinar Series, contribute talents and expertise, collaboratively work with fellow work group members and MLA staff, attend regular work group meetings, ongoing and clear communication, accepting assignments from MLA, act as an ambassador for MLA.
  • Time Commitment:  Monthly conference call meetings lasting 1 – 2 hours in length.  Assigned duties or research beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time, but can be accomplished at your own discretion.