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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - December 14, 2017

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2017 - a Landmark Year for Michigan Libraries

2017 was a milestone year for MLA and libraries in Michigan. Our efforts garnered additional library funding with tax capture relief, important tax reimbursements and increases to state aid. We provided new programs including health insurance consulting, strategic planning and new networking opportunities with MLA Interest Groups. Thank you for your membership, engagement and advocacy. Without your participation, this success would not be possible.

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MLA Advocacy - November 30, 2017

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Net Neutrality Rules Impact Us All

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) must enable access to all legal content and applications regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking specific services or websites. Strong, enforceable rules are critical to the functioning of modern libraries because we rely on the internet to collect, create and disseminate essential online information and services to the public. Libraries and our patrons cannot afford to be relegated to "slow lanes" on the internet. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai publicly shared his plan to dismantle network neutrality protections approved by the FCC in 2015 and affirmed by the federal appeals court in 2016.

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

President's Update - November 9, 2017

Steven Bowers - MLA 2017-18 President

Whether you were able to join us for the MLA conference last month, or not, I wanted to note a few things I thought were worth sharing. For those of you that attended conference, I want to thank you for participating in the conversations. I hope you will continue to think on things that you found inspiring and insightful. What did you find to share?

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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - November 9, 2017

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One of my favorite quotes about leadership is from Peter Drucker who said, "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." This is so appropriate for our library leaders. Not only are you tasked with doing things right every day, you decide what are the right things to do; what collections to develop, which to weed, what programs to add, what technology to embrace. You are deciding the future by selecting what resources patrons need.

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MLA Advocacy - October 26, 2017

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NIS Insurance Start Date Pushed Back to February 2018 Due to Executive Order

President Trump's recent executive order targeting the Affordable Care Act has prompted some adjustments in the product offerings by the National Insurance Services (NIS) partnership with MLA. The group will now develop a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) as part of their program. This change will ensure that any libraries who wish to join the program after the initial startup will be able to do so without requiring that the entire group and its rates be re-evaluated. We sincerely regret the delay in getting the program underway. This response to the President's order is necessary to ensure a reliable and useful insurance product for our members. If renewal with your current carrier is due prior to February 1, 2018, it is recommended that you renew and NIS will follow up with you to help determine the best time to transfer to NIS.

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Written by Gail Madziar, MLA Executive Director   

Executive Director's Desk - October 12, 2017

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We call the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference the premier professional development event in the state. MLA members from across every geographical area and library size and type work together over the course of a year to identify nationally recognized speakers and bring them to Michigan. This year Manoush Zomorodi, Pat Wagner and Jack Lessenberry are no exception.

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

President's Update - October 12, 2017

MLA 2017-18 President Steven Bowers

Hello fellow Michigan Library Association members! I am excited to be headed to the Annual Conference this month! I am waiting to see how each of us will get involved with MLA and share in meeting with others who have things in common.

This year at Annual Conference will be our chance to really move forward with member Interest Groups. The MLA Board is excited that Interest Groups will allow members to come together around shared passions, in groups that you will define. Groups will plan their own activities and projects.

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