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Letter from Debbie

May 28, 2020

Anyone else feel exhausted? Fatigued? I took the advice of one of our MLA Connect Coffee Hour speakers about taking care of yourself with a mental and physical break last week. Even when working from home, with nowhere to go due to the pandemic, it was time to slow the world down. I highly recommend it.

While we have been working remotely since March 13, the MLA staff continues to work hard on your behalf. I honestly believe that in MLA’s 129-year history, we have never needed to pay attention and synthesize so much information coming at us from so many sources, so quickly. The staff cancelled programming plans, made new plans, and are now updating plans to keep our advocacy, communications, education and engagement strong.

Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: How Michigan Local Governments Are Responding to COVID-19

MLA welcomes Neil Sheridan, Executive Director of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) and Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director and CEO of Michigan Municipal League (MML) for a discussion on how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting local government service delivery, what long term changes may be in store for those who provide services to our citizens and how state and federal resources will be affected.

View Coffee Hour Recording

MLA Job Board Survey

May 28, 2020

Please take this short survey to help us better serve you! Our goal is to provide valuable programs and services that benefit the library community. We are interested in your feedback so we can make improvements to our job board. If you are responsible for making job posting decisions for your organization, please take this brief survey and let us know your thoughts by Friday, June 26, 2020.

The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete and includes questions about your job posting needs in an average year as well as your organization's job posting budget and pricing expectations. Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback to help us create a job board with job posting price points that will help attract more job postings, more job seekers and make the MLA Job Board the go-to place to connect your organization with talented candidates in the library community.


A Note From Lisa - Please Share Your Library Card Artwork

May 28, 2020

I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know that I have been thinking about you and your library staff. Our global situation has been one that we have never experienced before, yet we all have done so “together”.

I do love the word “together” It’s bold, meaningful and so powerful. You and your library staff are bold and powerful and are an integral part of MLA, so… we are seeking out cool ideas of how to showcase just that. This is where you come in.


Update on COVID-19 Impacts on State of Michigan Budget

May 28, 2020

Staggering revenue declines for the State of Michigan were announced at the May 15 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference (CREC). Officials agreed that for the current fiscal year, the state’s General Fund will see a $1.98 billion decrease in revenue, while the School Aid Fund will see a $1.25 billion hit.

Furthermore, current estimates show a total decrease of $6.3 billion for both funds combined in the current and upcoming fiscal years. State Budget Director Chris Kolb noted that given the unprecedented health crisis the state of Michigan is facing right now, flexibility and additional funding from the federal government are crucial to ensure Michigan and states across the country can continue working on behalf of the people.


Please Continue to Reach Out to Legislators

May 27, 2020

MLA continues to reach out to all of our Senators and House members to remind them of the importance of libraries throughout Michigan. Last month we contacted every State Representative and Senator to remind them that while libraries' doors are closed, libraries continue to offer many valuable digital services online. We shared that even though library buildings are closed to the public, many have taken this opportunity to expand access to digital resources and online services, launch virtual programs, and coordinate services with local government agencies. We reminded them that library patrons can access eBooks, audiobooks, online learning and tutoring help. We shared that libraries are engaging readers of all ages by streaming book discussions, author visits and storytimes, offering access to skill-building activities and resume development for those who have been recently unemployed, as well as offering telehealth resources and trustworthy public health information.


Michigan Libraries to Remain Closed Through June 12, 2020

May 22, 2020


At 5:00 pm on Friday, May 22, Governor Whitmer extended Executive Order 2020-69 which temporarily closes all places of public accommodations, including libraries through June 12, 2020.

Read Executive Order 2020-100

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