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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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Library Social Services 

Tuesday, September 15
10:00 – 11:00 am

Libraries are often the community’s safety net and provide critical assistance and services to those who need it most. How can your library still fulfill these needs and provide support when community access in your building is limited or unavailable? 

MLA welcomes Tiffany Russell, LMSW, Social Worker at the Niles District Library, to this month’s MLA Connect Coffee Hour to talk about how she supported her community before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as share some ideas about how you can be that resource for your own community whether you have an on-staff social worker or not. 

Please come with questions and ideas to share with the group. How has your library responded during and after the statewide closure? What services are you able to provide and what are you still figuring out? What have you done to strengthen that safety net in your library and community?

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Michiganders Encouraged to Participate in the Redistricting Process (Again!)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Michigan’s court-ordered legislative map redrawing for seven state House districts must move forward. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson encourages Michiganders to take part in upcoming public sessions of the Michigan Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission (MICRC) to redraw the seven state house districts.

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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. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour:
Library Culture: Building Awareness, Trust and Best Practices Around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am

Many libraries and organizations find it challenging when it comes to implementing a sustainable diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy. Today’s workplace requires leaders with exceptional cross-cultural communication and intelligence skills that are flexible, engaging, and sensitive. Professionals equipped to communicate effectively among various perspectives and styles; drive engagement while increasing collaboration and teamwork. 

Join Jocelyn Giangrande as she facilitates a conversation to help MLA members develop a systematic approach to diversity and inclusion that drives buy-in, sustainability and metrics for success.

Special Guest:

Jocelyn Giangrande

Jocelyn Giangrande, M.A., SPHR, CCDP, SHRM-SCP

Giangrande specializes in people and organizational dynamics and is an expert in adult learning and cultural transformations. She’s held executive positions at Henry Ford Health System as Vice President of Talent & Workforce Strategies, Corporate Director for Workforce Diversity & AA/EEO Compliance as well as the position of Executive Director of Human Resources and Regional Support for Hilton Hotel Corporation.

Having taught courses at the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, Marygrove College in Detroit, Inforum’s Executive Leadership Program as well as the Henry Ford Health System’s Leadership Academies, Giangrande has a unique combination of expertise that provides a well-rounded experience.

A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a graduate of Cornell University Diversity Leadership Program, Giangrande earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colby College, a Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, from Marygrove College and is a graduate and facilitator of Inforum’s Center for Women’s Executive Leadership program.

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