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Michigan Library Advocacy Day 2022

On Tuesday, March 1, the Michigan library community united to amplify our collective voice in support of ALL Michigan libraries at our annual Michigan Library Advocacy Day! 

Special Guests

We are pleased to welcome Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA) as our keynote speaker at Michigan Library Advocacy Day!

Tracie D. Hall is a librarian, author, curator, and advocate for the arts and has served as the Executive Director of ALA since 2020. Prior to her appointment at ALA, Hall served as the director of the Joyce Foundation Culture Program. She also served as Chicago's Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. In libraries, Hall was vice president of the Queens Public Library and assistant dean of Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Michigan Department of Education, will join us at 1:10 PM for a Conversation on Diversity in Literacy and Censorship.

Dr. Michael F. Rice was appointed Michigan's 44th Superintendent of Public Instruction by Michigan's State Board of Education in May 2019. He came to the Michigan Department of Education after serving 17 years as a local district superintendent - most recently at the Kalamazoo (MI) Public Schools. Prior to serving as Kalamazoo's superintendent, Dr. Rice served five years as superintendent of the Clifton (NJ) Public Schools. Dr. Rice began his career in public education in the Washington, D.C. Public Schools, where he taught high school French, and founded and coached an award-winning speech and debate program. 

Advocacy Day Schedule

*Subject to change

12:00 PM Welcome by Presidents of MAME, MLA and MiALA, Introduced by Jessica Keyser, Chair, MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee
12:08 PM "Call to Action" for emails, phone calls, social media posts  Jessica Keyser, Chair, MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee
12:15 – 12:20 PM  Spoken Word  Masaki Takahashi
12:20 – 12:50 PM Keynote  Tracie D. Hall, ALA Executive Director 
12:50 – 1:10 PM  Library Legislative Champion Speeches – Senator Stamas and Senator Schmidt
1:10 – 1:25 PM  Conversation on Diversity in Literacy and Censorship  Dr. Michael Rice, Superintendent of Michigan Department of Education
1:25 – 1:50 PM  Current Legislative Priorities, OMA, Redistricting (relationship-building) and State Budget/State Aid  Bob DeVries, GCSI
1:50 – 1:55 PM BREAK
1:55 – 2:15 PM Concurrent Breakouts:
Penal Fines – Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan
School Libraries/Librarians – Kathy Lester, MAME 
2:15 – 2:35 PM  Concurrent Breakouts:
Millages – Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe District Library
Open Education Resource (OER) – Michele Behr, Western Michigan University
2:35 – 2:55 PM  Intellectual Freedom – Jasmine Parker, Ferndale Public Library
2:55 PM Repeat “Call to Action” – Jessica Keyser, Chair, MLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee
3:00 – 3:10 PM Closing words – State Librarian, Randy Riley

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