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 2018 through July 2019, 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:

Human Resources 
Community Collaborations
Library Hospitality – More Than Just Customer Service
Marketing the Library to Users and Nonusers
Executive Summit

Conferences:

Spring Institute
Academic Libraries
MLA 2019 Annual Conference

Awards:

Michigan Author Award
Mitten Award
YouPer Award
Thumbs Up! Award

Program Work Group:

Webinar and Online Learning Content Curation

 

Workshops

Human Resources
April 4, 2019

Always an important skill is how to manage the many human resources issues that arise in the library. Plus, what are the best practices for attracting retaining and building a great staff?

  • 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 2018 – April 2019 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
April 15, 2019

Public libraries are designed to be welcoming spaces for all. Help determine which social issues should be addressed in this workshop. Past events have included homelessness and mental health issues. This may be an opportunity to see how can your library work with other community organizations or agencies to help serve patrons.

  • 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 2018 – April 2019 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. 

Library Hospitality – More Than Just Customer Service
May 3, 2019

It’s more than just providing resources, it’s assuring a positive wholistic experience to patrons. Are they satisfied customers who want to return? We’ll look at customer service from a whole new perspective. 

  • 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 2018 – May 2019 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. 

Marketing the Library to Users and Nonusers
May 14, 2019

Should your marketing plan include outreach to nonusers or should the focus be on getting repeat visits? The answer is both, learn how to market to your community and how to differentiate your approach based on the intended recipient.

  • 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 2018 – May 2019 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
May 31, 2019

Executive Summit is a valuable one-day event designed to engage library directors, deans and anyone who leads at the library. 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 2018 – May 2019 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
Friday, March 15, 2019

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 2018 – March 2019 and range from 1 – 3 hours long each. Every work group member will be required to attend a Work Group Development webinar in June 2018. 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 27 – 29, 2019

This two-day conference held in Bay City, 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 2019 chair 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 16 – 18,  2019

Annual Conference is a three-day conference scheduled for October 16 – 18, 2019 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 2019 will be chaired by Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library.  Juliane 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 2018, however the first real planning meeting will not commence until after the 2018 Annual Conference. A debriefing meeting will occur with the 2018 and 2019 work group in November 2018. Once a month in person planning meetings will occur from January 2019 to October 2019. Assigned duties beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time. 

 

Awards

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 Group

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 cultural 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: Three conference call meetings lasting 1 – 2 hours in length. (One each month in Sept, Oct and Nov.) Assigned duties or research beyond the work group meetings vary and may require extra time, but can be accomplished at your own discretion.