MLA Committees and Workgroups

Committees and workgroups selected during an annual call for volunteers help guide the work of MLA through identifying and developing future leaders, advising on the latest trends, planning educational events such as conferences and workshops, and selecting award winners. The Call for Volunteers is issued each spring. Learn more about participating.

2022-2023 Standing Committees

Advocacy and 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. Contact legislators as needed to educate them about library concerns.

Dale Parus

Chair: Dale Parus
Ionia Community Library

Deborah Mikula

Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Lisa Buttigieg

Staff Liaison: Lisa Buttigieg
Michigan Library Association

Bob Devries

Lobbyist: Bob Devries
Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.

Shirley Bruusema

Shirley Bruusema
Kent District Library

John Clexton

John A. Clexton
Gladwin District Library

Bryan Cloutier

Bryan Cloutier
Oxford Public Library

Jim Flury

Jim Flury
The Library Network

Dillon Geshel

Dillon Geshel
Superiorland Library Cooperative

Anne Heidemann

Anne Heidemann
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Library

Jessica Keyser

Jessica Keyser
Grosse Pointe Public Library

Kathy Lester

Kathy Lester
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Claire Lopiccolo

Claire Lopiccolo
Romeo District Library

Cindy Mack

Cindy Mack
Brighton District Library

Jenny Marr

Jenny Marr
Ferndale Area District Library

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough
Willard Public Library

Clare Membiela

Clare Membiela
Library of Michigan

Larry Neal

Larry Neal
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Ann Neff-Rohs

Ann Neff-Rohs
Jackson District Library

Christine Peele

Christine Peele
Detroit Public Library

Erin Schmandt

Erin Schmandt
Caro Area District Library

Kristin Shelley

Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Ryan Wieber

Ryan Wieber
Kalamazoo Public Library

 

Intellectual Freedom Taskforce

Dillon Geshel

Chair: Dillon Geshel
Superiorland Library Cooperative

Dennis Kreps

Vice-Chair: Dennis Kreps
Bridgman Public Library

Deborah Mikula

Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

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Kate Andrade
Woodlands Library Cooperative

Shirley Bruusema

Shirley Bruusema
Kent District Library

Sarah Burchart

Sarah Burchart
ICPSR

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Kathleen Gallagher
Grosse Pointe Public Library

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Alice Howard
Ecorse Public Library

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Mary Grahame Hunter
Ferndale Area District Library

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Stephanie Luyt
Traverse City Area Public Schools

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Juliane Morian
Rochester Hills Public Library

Ann Neff-Rohs

Ann Neff-Rohs
Jackson District Library

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Kimberly Schaaf
Oak Park Public Library

Kristin Shelley

Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

 

 

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee

Cultivates leadership potential within MLA membership to maintain strong and effective governance and solicits and evaluates nominations of candidates for service on the MLA Board of Directors.

Cathleen Russ

Chair: Cathleen Russ
West Bloomfield Township Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Jennifer Dean

Jennifer Dean
University of Michigan Flint Thompson Library

Val Meyerson

Valerie L. Meyerson
Petoskey District Library

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Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Eric Stanton

Eric Stanton
Capital Area District Libraries

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Kate Van Auken
White Pine Library Cooperative

 

Finance Committee

Provides financial oversight for the organization, including budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies in support of the MLA Board of Directors.

Kristin Shelley

Chair: Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Scott Duimstra

Scott Duimstra
Capital Area District Libraries

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Deborah E. Mikula

Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

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Eva Davis
Canton Public Library

Scott Duimstra

Scott Duimstra
Capital Area District Libraries

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Michele Howard
Traverse Area District Library

Jenny Marr

Jenny Marr
Ferndale Area District Library

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Maria McCarville
Public Libraries of Saginaw

Kristin Shelley

Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Sophia Ward Brewer

Sophia Ward Brewer
Grand Rapids Community College

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

Ryan Wieber

Ryan Wieber
Kalamazoo Public Library

   

2021-2022 Professional Development Workgroups

Webinar and Workshop Workgroup

The Webinar and Workshop Workgroup will assist in planning and creating programming such as the MLA Connect webinar series.

Katharyn Haas

Chair: Katharyn Hass
Portage District Library

Sarah Rick

Vice-Chair: Sarah Rick
Millington Arbela District Library

Amber Sheerin

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Dee Beaver

Dee Beaver
Plymouth District Library

Marlena Moore

Marlena Moore
Kalamazoo Public Library

Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative

Michael Postula

Michael Postula
Ann Arbor District Library

Andrea Ward

Andrea Ward
River Rouge Public Library

MLA 2022 Annual Conference Workgroup

The MLA 2022 Annual Conference is scheduled for October of 2022. The workgroup assists in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

Scott Duimstra

Chair: Scott Duimstra
Capital Area District Libraries

Dillon Geshel

Vice-Chair: Dillon Geshel
Superiorland Library Cooperative

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Chelsey Boss

Chelsey Boss
Adrian District Library

Sarah Burchart

Sarah Burchart
ICPSR

Andrea Ingmire

Andrea Ingmire
Peter White Public Library

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson
Chesterfield Township Library

Brian Johnston

Brian R. Johnston
Lincoln Township Public Library

Elizabeth Kish

Elizabeth Kish
Genesee District Library

Breck McCrory

Breck McCrory
Chesterfield Township Library

Eric Palmer

Eric Palmer
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative

Cindi L. Place

Cindi L. Place
Bellaire Public Library

Shane Stewart

Shane Stewart
Chesterfield Township Library

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

   

MLA 2023 Annual Conference Workgroup

The MLA 2023 Annual Conference is scheduled for October of 2023. The workgroup assists in the planning and execution of this event with up to 600 attendees, guests, speakers and exhibitors.

Dillon Geshel

Chair: Dillon Geshel
Superiorland Library Cooperative

Wesleyann Johnson

Vice-Chair: Wesleyann Johnson
Center Line Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Katherine Bryant

Katherine Bryant
Bloomfield Township Public Library

Lisa Burns

Lisa Burns
Dearborn Public Library

Rebekah Craft

Rebekah Craft
Baldwin Public Library

Andrea Ingmire

Andrea Ingmire
Peter White Public Library

Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson
Chesterfield Township Library

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson
Muskegon Area District Library

Cindy Mack

Cindy Mack
Brighton District Library

Cindi Place

Cindi L. Place
Bellaire Public Library

Holly Teasdle

Holly Teasdle
Lyon Township Public Library

Sophia Ward Brewer

Sophia Ward Brewer
Grand Rapids Community College

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin
Superior District Library

   

Spring Institute 2023

This two-day conference 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.

Jocelyn Levin

Chair: Jocelyn Levin
Lyon Township Public Library

Ashley Lehmen

Vice-Chair: Ashley Lehman
Orion Township Public Library

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Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin
Michigan Library Association

Jill M. Anderson

Jill M. Anderson
Kent District Library

Angela Badke

Angela Badke
Ojibwa Community Library

Mollie Beaumont

Mollie Beaumont
Walled Lake City Library

Toni Lea Isom

Toni Lea Isom
Adrian District Library

Whitney Jones

Whitney Jones
Canton Public Library

Elissa Zimmer

Elissa Zimmer
Van Buren District Library

 

   

Think Space 2022-2023 Workgroup

Ryan Wieber

Chair: Ryan Wieber
Kalamazoo Public Library

Deborah Mikula

Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

Amber Sheerin

Staff Liaison: Amber Sheerin 
Michigan Library Association

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Carol Dawe
Lakeland Library Cooperative

Val Meyerson

Valerie L. Meyerson
Petoskey District Library

Larry Neal
Clinton Macomb Public Library

Lance Werner
Kent District Library

 

Statewide Library Marketing and Public Relations Workgroup

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Chair: Kristin Shelley
East Lansing Public Library

Deborah E. Mikula

Staff Liaison: Deborah E. Mikula
Michigan Library Association

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Linda Adams

Linda Adams
Northland Library Cooperative

Steve Bowers

Steven Bowers
The Library Network

Laura Fromwiller

Laura Fromwiller
Brandon Township Public Library

Randy Goble

Randy Goble
Kent District Library

Jeffrey Milosevich

Jeffrey Milosevich
Ferndale Area District Library

Sarah Neidert

Sarah Neidert
Brighton District Library

Adam Oster

Adam Oster
Library of Michigan

James Pugh

James Pugh
Orion Township Public Library

Kathie Rothley

Katie Rothley
Lyon Township Public Library

Mary Ann Short

Mary Ann Short
Grosse Pointe Public Library

Trent Smiley

Trent Smiley
Capital Area District Libraries

Tammy Turgeon

Tammy Turgeon 
Sterling Heights Public Library

Lisa Waskin

Lisa Waskin 
Superior District Library

Michigan Library Awards - MLA Awards Selection Workgroup

Reviews and updates award guidelines, encourages nominations, reviews nominees and selects the winners for our MLA professional recognition awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Public Librarian of the Year, Heart of a Champion, Rising Star, Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth and Support Staff of the Year.

Rachel Ash

Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Lauren Arnsman

Lauren Arnsman
Troy Public Library

Jennifer Dean

Jennifer Dean
University of Michigan Flint Thompson Library

Jolee Hamlin

Jolee Hamlin
Capital Area District Libraries

Marissa Lasoff-Santos

Marissa Lasoff-Santos
William P. Faust Public Library of Westland

Chris Potts

Chris Potts 
Capital Area District Libraries

Cathleen Russ

Cathleen Russ
West Bloomfield Township Library

Kristen Valyi-Hax

Kristen Valyi-Hax
Harper Woods Public Library

2023 Literary Award Workgroups

Mitten Award

Recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in picture book format. Read more about the Mitten Award here.

Leigh Verberg

Chair: Leigh Verburg
Kent District Library

Dena Moscheck

Vice-Chair: Dena Moscheck
Bay County Library System

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Lauren Aquilina

Lauren Aquilina
Commerce Township Community Library

Michael Golczynski

Michael Golczynski
Ionia Community Library

Elyshia Hoekstra

Elyshia Hoekstra
Coopersville Area District Library

Kristen Jayska

Kristen Jayska
Livonia Public Library

Rita King

Rita King
Baker & Taylor

Holly Kirsten

Holly Kirsten
Chesterfield Township Library

Everett Pine

Everett Pine
Ferndale Area District Library

Lisa Rodkey

Lisa Rodkey
Kent District Library

Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Smith
Romeo District Library

Loni Wetherell

Loni Wetherell
Cromaine District Library

 

   

YouPer (Young Person) Award

Recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in chapter book format. Read more about the YouPer Award here.

Heather Draft

Co-Chair: Heather Draft
Cromaine District Library

Jessica Keeler

Co-Chair: Jessica Keeler
Plymouth District Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Catherine Ash

Catherine Ash
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Lisa Boyd

Lisa Boyd
Canton Public Library

Robert Chartrand

Robert Chartrand
Capital Area District Libraries

Gretchen Dula

Gretchen Dula
Jackson District Library

Fillippa Genovese

Fillippa Genovese
Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Jamie Klos

Jamie Klos
Clarkston Independence District Library

Kirsten Malzahn

Kirsten Malzahn
Novi Public Library

Katie Perkey

Katie Perkey
Orion Township Public Library

Stacia Serafin

Stacia Serafin
Clarkston Independence District Library

Elizabeth Wierenga

Elizabeth Wierenga
Kent District Library

 

   

Thumbs Up! Award

Recognizes an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. Read more about the Thumbs Up! Award here.

 Sarah Swiderski

Co-Chair: Sarah Swiderski
Salem-South Lyon District Library

Sarah Welch

Co-Chair: Sarah Welch
Big Rapids Community Library

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Staff Liaison: Rachel Ash
Michigan Library Association

Natalya Anton

Natalya Anton
Fowlerville District Library

Tracy Bedford

Tracy Bedford 
Southfield Public Library

Josh Campeau

Josh Campeau 
Pontiac Public Library

Kayla Dies
Paw Paw District Library

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson 
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library

Shanni Kerr

Shanni Kerr
Ionia Community Library

Stephanie Martin

Stephanie Martin 
Clarkston Independence District Library

Catherine Moeller

Catherine Moeller
Livonia Public Library

Hannah Mullins

Hannah Mullins 
Howell Carnegie District Library

Jennifer Noble

Jennifer Noble 
Adrian District Library

Amanda Shepard

Amanda Shepard 
Herrick District Library

   
 


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