Michigan Library Association
Thursday, October 22, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Between Two Bookcases: With MLA 2020 Conference Chair Kevin King

Check out the latest MLA Connect: Between Two Bookcases, with MLA Membership and Communications Director Rachel Ash and Program and Event Director Amber Sheerin, and our special guest, MLA's 2020 Virtual Conference Chair, Kevin King.

Listen to the full interview here:


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Note From Dillon

February 22, 2023

Dillon Geshel

For MLA, the beginning of a new year is an exciting time. As we settle into another year of work in service to member libraries, we reach out with our annual Call for Ambassadors. It’s an opportunity for the organization to remind our membership about the many volunteer opportunities available, re-engage with longtime volunteers, and welcome many new faces to our work groups and committees. As a membership organization, the work and success of MLA is only made possible by a committed membership base that steps up to help us achieve our goals. From conference planning to defending the freedom to read, mentoring new leaders and so much more, MLA ambassadors transform our priorities into real value for the membership through their commitment and hard work. And guess what? MLA is ready to find an ambassador role for every interested member. Everyone is welcome, and the more folks that step up, the stronger we are as an organization. 

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Right To Read Screening Launch Event

All Michigan students deserve the freedom to learn - and it starts with a foundation of reading. Children need schools to prepare them for a diverse and rapidly changing world.

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Note From Debbie

January 25, 2024

MLA is embarking on a new and exciting chapter as we prepare to be a fully remote workforce!

As many of you know, MLA’s office lease at 3410 Belle Chase Way in Lansing will be expiring at the end of June 2024 and the MLA board has made the strategic decision not to renew our lease. While the staff has been “mostly” remote since March 2020 when the pandemic hit, we will now be going “fully” remote. With five months left, MLA staff are working tirelessly in figuring out all the big and small details of this permanent move – leasing a PO Box, making address change requests, updating business cards, renting a larger storage unit, repacking and sorting conference supplies, preparing furniture to be sold or given away, shutting off utilities, updating our remote policy, and making sure the staff have everything they need at their home offices. What to do with our copy machine might be our biggest challenge…how will we survive without it?!

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MLA 2021 Virtual Registration Information and Rates

Registration Opens:  July 6, 2021 
Early Bird Deadline: September 24, 2021 
Group Deadline: September 24, 2021                
Registration Closes: October 11, 2021

This year, we're pleased to offer a group pass option for our organizational members at a deep discount in addition to individual registration passes. Our virtual conference group passes will allow staff from all levels, roles, and career stages to attend for a flat fee, regardless of their MLA membership status.

Organizational group passes are only available to MLA organizational members. Individual registration rates are dependent on MLA membership status.

Review detailed information below along with guidance to help you select the registration option that works best for you!

Registration Rates

Individual Registration Rates

  Early Bird Rate
Through Sept. 24
Standard Rate
Sept. 25 to Oct. 11
Member $95.00 $130.00
Non-Member $190.00 $260.00
University of Michigan and Wayne State MLIS Students and Oakland Community College Library Services and Technology  Associate of Applied Science

Group Package Rates

Passes Included Total Cost
(Available through Sept. 24)
Per Person Discount
5 passes $350.00 26%
10 passes $675.00 29%
15 passes $950.00 33%
20 passes $1,200.00 37%
25 passes $1,400.00 41%

All conference registration fees must be paid prior to October 11 in order to access the conference platform. 


Individual Registration

Register online as an individual attendee by clicking the link below. This form applies to members, non-members, and students. Students should enter any applicable coupon codes at check-out. At least seven (7) days prior to the conference a link to access the conference platform (Hopin) will be sent to all paid attendees. Attendees can then login and set up their profiles ahead of the scheduled event. All conference registration fees must be paid prior to October 11 in order to access the conference platform. 

Before you register as an individual, check with your employer if they plan to take advantage of our new group rates (see below). Once an individual registration is purchased, that individual will not be able to attend as part of a group. Refunds will not be issued for incorrectly purchased registrations.

Scholarships Are Available!

If you are an MLA member who and would like to attend as an individual registrant but need financial assistance, please submit a scholarship application to MLA as soon as possible. Scholarships are not available for group packages. The form is easy to submit, and MLA is dedicated to making this event as accessible to library professionals as possible, especially those facing economic uncertainty. Learn more and apply


Student Registration

Free for Students! Current MLIS students of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University and students from Oakland Community College Library Services and Technology Associate of Applied Science are eligible to attend the MLA 2021 conference free of charge. Please register as an individual and enter your school’s discount code at check-out. Contact [email protected] for your student discount code.


Group Registration

Only organizational members can purchase the group package discount. Individual rates are non-transferrable to a group package. Group pricing is available until Friday, September 24, 2021.

Organizations will select their desired package based on the total number of employees attending the conference. Group packages can be purchased for your individual branch/school or your entire library system. If your organization doesn’t fit into this pricing structure or you have questions, email [email protected].

Please note that if an individual registration is purchased, that individual will not be able to attend as part of a group. Refunds will not be issued for incorrectly purchased registrations.

Use the button below to register online for a group discount code. The form taker, or delegated contact person, will be sent a private link and code to access the conference platform. Please note all conference registration fees must be paid prior to October 11 in order to access the conference platform. Distribute this code to your staff and individual employees can each register themselves. Once the maximum number of attendees has been reached, the code will automatically deactivate. 


MLA Equity Fund T-shirt Fundraiser

Add Conference T-shirt(s) to your registration order and support the MLA Equity Fund!

$5 from every shirt purchased will be contributed to the MLA Equity Fund

Shirts ordered by September 17, 2021, will be delivered before the conference. Shirts ordered after September 17 may not arrive in time for the event. Price includes shipping via USPS and will be mailed to the address listed on the registration. 

Conference Policies

Please note all conference registration fees must be paid prior to October 11 in order to access the conference platform.

Cancellation Policy

Individual tickets purchased as part of a group pass are not eligible for a refund. Cancellation of an entire group pass must be received in writing by e-mail no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program to qualify for a refund. Within ten (10) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced. A $50.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds.

Conference Admittance Policy

If you request to be invoiced, and the invoice is unpaid when the conference begins, your attendees' access to the platform may be denied. 


Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MLA meetings or other activities constitutes an agreement by the registration to the use and distribution of the registrants or attendees' image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions of such events and activities by MLA. Registrants also agree that contact information may be shared with conference sponsors and exhibitors for solicitation use before or after the event. Please contact MLA at [email protected] if you'd like to be removed from any list. 

Code of Conduct

MLA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants and MLA staff. Each participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, service providers, is expected to understand and follow MLA policies and report any violations. These expectations apply to all MLA activities including those held in conjunction with MLA conferences, events and meetings, as well as online venues and social media.

Full Code of Conduct can be reviewed here: MLA Code of Conduct

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