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Open Meetings Act - Virtual Meetings Allowed Through March 30

March 25, 2021

While a number of bills have been introduced in the legislature in the past couple of months to extend the dates to hold virtual board meetings, none have moved to the next steps for passage.

As such, the amendments to the Open Meetings Act (OMA) that allowed no-reason virtual meetings will end on March 30, 2021.

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MLA Partnership With the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

March 25, 2021 UPDATED April 29, 2021

The Michigan Library Association has agreed to work in partnership with the communications team from the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The purpose of these partnerships is to work with other statewide organizations, operating in an impartial and transparent manner, and that reinforces public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process. Libraries have been identified as a key partner and as such, MLA wants to make sure that our library community is integral in getting Michigan citizens involved in the redistricting process.

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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? 

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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 milibraries.org/get-involved

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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 (michigan.gov).

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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!

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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.

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