Standing Committees

Legislative Committee

Monitors legislative and policy issues impacting libraries and makes policy recommendations to the board. Informs and educates members about state legislation and policy issues. Contacts legislators as needed to educate them about library concerns. Works closely with MLA executive director.

2017-2018 Legislative Committee

  • Chair: Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library
  • Vice Chair: Ryan Wieber, Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Past Chair: Mary Rzepczynski, Delta Township District Library
  • Clara Bohrer, West Bloomfield Twp. Public Library
  • Steven Bowers, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET)
  • Shirley Bruursema, Kent District Library
  • Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe Public Library
  • Gail Parsons, Traverse Area District Library
  • Dale Parus, Ionia Community Library
  • James Pletz, The Library Network
  • Kelly Richards, Muskegon Area District Library
  • Erin Schmandt, Caro Area District Library
  • Cindy Mack, Brighton District Library
  • Andrea Ingmire, Peter White Public Library
  • Lance Werner, Kent District Library

Professional Development and Networking Committee

Anticipates emerging trends and hot topics. Works with staff as a think tank for ideas and insight to help identify the kinds of training our members will need to excel in the libraries of the future as well as today. Members must have prior experience on an MLA work group to participate on this committee.

2017-2018 PDNC

  • Gina Crowther, Orion Township Public Library
  • Tim Gleisner, Herrick District Library
  • Kathy Irwin, Central Michigan University
  • Teresa Kline, Fennville District Library
  • Kip Odell, Kent District Library
  • Angela Semifero, Marshall District Library
  • Jason Shoup, East Lansing Public Library
  • Vanessa Verdun-Morris, Taylor Community Library
  • Lisa Waskin, Superior District Library