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Letter from Debbie

March 25, 2021

Michigan Library Advocacy Day is right around the corner and hundreds of advocates have already registered to contact Michigan legislators on April 20, 2021. It will be a day to make sure legislative leaders are well informed about the challenges the library community faces and to influence decision-makers through direct contact on Zoom, by phone, through emails and social media posts. MLA is proud to host this inaugural virtual event with our partners, the Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) and the Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME).

Are you a good library advocate? 


Call for Volunteers for 2021-2022 Committees and Work Groups Now Open

March 25, 2021

The Call for Volunteers online signup for 2021-2022 work groups and committees is now open through April 30, 2021. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you! Review available volunteer positions and sign up on the web at


Updated Record Retention Dates

March 25, 2021

Record retention date changes to the General Schedule for Public Libraries (GS) were approved. The revised schedule is available online at GS 17 Public Libraries (


MLA 2021 Youth Literary Awards Winners and Honor Books

March 25, 2021

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Mitten, YouPer and Thumbs Up! Awards! The awards selection group members worked throughout the year spending thousands of hours reading, reviewing and ranking hundreds of books to determine the top titles published in 2020. Watch the announcement below!


Michigan Library Association Statement and Recommendations on the ALA Forward Together Process

March 19, 2021

Read MLA's Statement and Recommendations to ALA on the Forward Together initiative below or download the statement here.

The Michigan Library Association’s (MLA) Board of Directors has reviewed Forward Together, the American Library Association’s (ALA) recommendations for a reimagined ALA. Upon careful consideration, MLA supports ALA as it adopts changes to its governance structure by implementing much-needed changes that have been vetted and clarified by the Forward Together Working Group, Forward Together Fiscal Analysis Working Group, and ALA Council.

MLA understands that the Forward Together Resolutions Working Group (FT-RWG) is currently working on a series of resolutions to help shape the ALA Council debate and, ultimately, a decision on a reorganization of ALA’s governance structure. To aid the FT-RWG in its work, MLA issues the following recommendations in the spirit of shared governance necessary to ensure a bright future for ALA, a future that includes the voices of all members.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Webinar: Library Privacy Act Amendments

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
10:00 – 11:00am

Learn about recent amendments to the Library Privacy Act that have the potential to affect how libraries report crime, interact with law enforcement, interact with each other, and to underscore the seriousness of maintaining patron privacy. This session will go through the new amendments and discuss how they may affect existing library practices. This is presented as an in-depth follow-up to the Library of Michigan’s 1/27/21 Library Law Spotlight. Attendance at both events is not required.

View Webinar Recording

MDHHS Updates Gathering And Mask Order, in Effect March 5

March 2, 2021

Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated its Gatherings and Mask Epidemic Order, allowing for increased capacity limits at various venues, larger residential and nonresidential gatherings.

Changes to the Gatherings and Mask Order go into effect Friday, March 5, and remain in effect through Monday, April 19.

Capacity changes include:

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