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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - November 8, 2018

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We Survived Mid-Term Elections

Elections are over, finally! It's been a contentious election cycle once again, but we are looking forward to some collaboration and teamwork on the part of our newly elected lawmakers. Granted, that may be optimistic, but there is certainly an opportunity for each library to connect with their elected officials. Don't wait until after the new year. Invite those folks to your library today. If they are new to the office, remind them you have space available for office hours. Host a coffee hour and invite the community to meet them. Encourage them to join you for a story time, after school program or community event. If you are planning a celebration such as a ribbon cutting, invite them to participate. It's important to have a relationship with your elected leaders. Remind them of the library's role in the community and that you can be counted on as a resource. Make them a partner in your goal to engage and serve the community.

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MLA 2018 Literary Award Winners

The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce the 2018 literary award winners of the Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! awards. The award selection work groups are comprised of Michigan librarians who consider hundreds of children's books annually to determine the winners. 

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MLA Advocacy - October 25, 2018

Interior image of the Michigan State Capitol Dome

All eyes are on the November 6 election. Even the pundits aren't predicting winners and losers. In part, that's because political polling has become unreliable. In the past, a telephone poll of 700 voters would garner more than 500 results. Now a poll might get a handful of folks to answer questions. As a result, pollsters are increasingly in the dark about what to expect on election day.

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2018 Up and Comer Award - Dillon Geshel

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MLA is pleased to announce Dillon Geshel, Portage Lake District Library, is the winner of the 2018 Up & Comer Award. The award recognizes a librarian who shows leadership early in his or her career, expanding the role of librarian through being forward-thinking and moving libraries into the future. Winners of this award are energetic efficient librarians who push the boundaries of originality and creativity to establish a library culture that sets high expectations, promotes learning, and creates understanding of the library as an integral part of the community.

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Congressman Sander Levin Named 2018 MLA Heart of a Champion

MLA is pleased to announce Congressman Sander Levin is the winner of the MLA 2018 Heart of a Champion Award. The award, established in 2012, recognizes a library supporter who has shown an exceptional commitment to libraries and the library profession through continued advocacy, supporting or providing funding for the local library, or continued support of Michigan Library Association activities.

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Written by Kristin Shelley, 2018-2019 MLA President   

President's Update - October 11, 2018

MLA 2018-19 President Kristin Shelley

Congratulations to Gail Madziar on her retirement! While we will miss Gail as the director of the Michigan Library Association (MLA), it is hard not to react to the big smile on her face when she shares her retirement plans with you. Ask her and you will see for yourself. 

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MLA Consortium is Open for Business!

At long last, the MLA initiated consortium for Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance is open for business! There have been many twists and turns along the way, including changes in federal legislation this past summer which added a couple months of delays, but I am pleased to say we are finally ready to move forward.

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