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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - July 12, 2018

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Are We Doing the Best We Can?

I am a fan of Brene Brown books and every one I read leaves me with something to think about. My summer reading included her bestseller Rising Strong; How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live. In her books Brene takes the time to explain how she does her research and how it often impacts her in unexpected ways. One takeaway was her conclusion that often people are doing the best they can. While we know that is not necessarily true in all cases, it is probably true more often than we are willing to acknowledge. We all have our own opinions about what is the right thing to do as well as the right way to do it.

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MLA Advocacy - June 28, 2018

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State Aid to Libraries up for FY 2019

The FY 2019 State of Michigan budget went to the governor's desk with a $1 million boost in funding for libraries in the state aid to libraries line item. MLA credits our library champions in the Senate, Senator Jim Stamas (R-Midland) and Senator Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) for their unwavering support of libraries. Their work on behalf of Michigan libraries is the reason we are seeing another million dollar increase for the third time in three years. In MLA's conversations with the two senators, they have made it clear they would like to see libraries continue to move upward toward previous funding levels. This is great news as we work to gradually rebuild this funding source.

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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - June 14, 2018

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State Aid to Libraries Gets Million Dollar Boost

Great news for libraries again this year. The Senate/House Conference Committee increased State Aid to Libraries by $1.0 million GF/GP over last year, which translate to a 9% increase and brings the per capita payments from $0.36 to $0.39. This is great news as we work to gradually rebuild this funding source. Our Senators Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) and Jim Stamas (R-Midland) worked hard to get that additional funding in the budget. Please take a moment to thank them for their unwavering support of libraries.

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Written by Steven K. Bowers, 2017-2018 MLA President   

President's Update - June 14, 2018

MLA 2017-18 President Steven Bowers

I sometimes get worn out but I sure love the work that I am involved with. My day job keeps me busy supporting library systems for my consortium's member libraries. My institution is moving forward with change on many fronts. Working with the Michigan Library Association for the past several years has been encouraging and personally rewarding. And every spring I get to teach a course on library and information science. All of these things excite me, on top of my kids getting ready to enjoy the summer months.

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MLA Advocacy - May 24, 2018

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House Bill 5090 Reduces Library Funding

Thank you to everyone who contacted their Senators regarding HB 5090. There have been nearly 300 responses to our request urging your Senator to talk with Sen. Tom Casperson, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. After a meeting with the Senator's office today, we learned the bill will not move until the fall. The Senator has agreed to work with us to help address our concerns and MLA will testify at the committee hearing next week.

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MLA 2019 Registration Rates

Early Bird Rates Expire September 7, 2018
Advanced Registration Rates expires October 7, 2018

Conference Registration Rates

The following food and beverage services are included in the daily registration price:
Wednesday – Morning Coffee, Afternoon Break, Opening Reception
Thursday – Morning Coffee, Keynote Lunch, Afternoon Break, Your Professional Connection and Poster Reception
Friday – Morning Coffee

All meals will be chicken unless vegetarian or vegan meals are requested in the registration order in the special requests section. Please remember to tell us of all dietary restrictions or needs during registration.

 
Full Conference Member Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $230.00     $460.00
Advanced (by 10/7/2018) $290.00    $580.00
Ten Days Out $315.00 $630.00
Two-Day Pass Member Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $215.00   $430.00
Advanced (by 10/7/2018) $275.00  $550.00
Ten Days Out      $290.00   $580.00
One-Day Pass Member Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $160.00 $320.00
Advanced (by 10/7/2018) $185.00  $370.00
Ten Days Out $215.00   $430.00
Student & Retiree Conference Pass
Full conference, two-day and one-day passes are the same price. You will be prompted in day selection during registration.
Member Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $125.00 $125.00
Advanced (by 10/7/2018) $150.00  $150.00 
Ten Days Out $175.00  $175.00 
Exhibits Pass 
Good for exhibit times only-does not include meals of special events.
Member Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $40.00 $50.00
Advanced (by 10/7/2018) $45.00  $55.00
Ten Days Out $50.00     $60.00

 

Add-On Event Tickets

The following events are not included with conference registration.  Please contact MLA at [email protected] for guest pass details.

Wednesday Morning Leadership Academy Breakfast Member/Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $25.00
Post Early Bird $25.00
Wednesday State Librarian's Luncheon Member/Non-Member
Early Bird (by 9/7/2018) $35.00
Post Early Bird $40.00
Wednesday Night Opening Reception Member/Non-Member
Included with Wednesday Registration Passes. Please pre-register to attend $0.00
Thursday Morning Yoga Member/Non-Member
Included with Thursday Registration Passes. Please pre-register to attend $0.00
Thursday Executive Exchange Member/Non-Member
Included with Thursday Registration Passes. Please pre-register to attend $0.00
Thursday Style in the Stacks Fashion Show
Event is included with Thursday Registration passes, Tickets for voting on the winning fashion are available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the MLA Education Fund.
 
Included with Thursday Registration Passes $0.00
Voting Tickets $10.00
Thursday Keynote Lunch Member/Non-Member
Included with Thursday Registration Passes. Pre-registration is required. $0.00
Thursday Evening Your Professional Connection and Poster Reception Member/Non-Member
Included with Thursday Registration Passes. Pre-registration is required. $0.00
Thursday Evening Paradise Park Party Member/Non-Member
Includes dinner, one drink ticket and one activity ticket. Must register by October 7, 2018. $30.00
Friday Morning Yoga                                Member/Non-Member
Included with Friday Registration Passes. Pre-registration is required. $0.00
Friday Michigan Author Award Luncheon Member/Non-Member
Early Bird $35.00
Post Early Bird $40.00
 
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing by e-mail no later than ten (10) business days prior to the program in order to qualify for a refund. Within ten (10) business days of the event, no refund will be issued. No-shows will be invoiced. A $35.00 processing fee will be applied to refunds for workshops and conferences.

Consent

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, video tapes, 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.

 
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Contact your Senator TODAY to Save Library Penal Fines

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House Bill 5090 must be stopped. House Bill 5090 changes how fines from weigh stations are distributed. Under the proposed legislation, failure to stop at a weigh station would be changed from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction and exempt certain vehicles. This means a reduction in penal fines to libraries since civil infraction penalties are lower than misdemeanor penalties.

This bill moved through the House without recognition of an analysis that found that it will reduce library funding.

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