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Michigan's LJ Index Star Libraries

Four Michigan libraries named Star Libraries in the tenth edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a national rating system designed to recognize and promote America’s public libraries.

Ann Arbor District Library, Richland Community Library, West Bloomfield Township Public Library and Genesee District Library were among 259 U.S. public libraries to receive star ratings in 2017 out of a total of 7409 libraries scored. Ann Arbor District Library is one of only 69 libraries to receive star ratings in all 10 editions of the LJ Index and one of only 13 public libraries to receive a five-star rating in every edition.

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Lance Werner Named 2018 Library Journal Librarian of the Year

Lance Werner, executive director of Kent District Library, named Library Journal’s 2018 Librarian of the Year. View the article here: 

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2018/01/awards/lance-werner-ljs-2018-librarian-year/#

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

President's Update - December 14, 2017

MLA 2017-18 President Steven Bowers

A recurring theme I have been picking up on lately, again, is change. This isn't really a note on change, but rather some musings on doing things differently, on trying something new, on asking why we do or don't do certain things. My family went out for lunch this weekend and as usual, my wife ordered what she always orders, and I tried something new. She is always satisfied with what she gets because she knows ahead of time that she likes it (unless they goof it up). I often try new things, and then sometimes regret what I get. We all get something and give something. I like the excitement of trying something new; my wife likes the comfort of no surprises!

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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

Gail Madziar Headshot

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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