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Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021 Virtual Conference

*Sparking Connection and Possibilities*
March 11 – 12, 2021


Spring Institute 2021 Virtual Conference Archives


Spring Institute for Youth Services 2021 Virtual Conference is all about "sparking connections and possibilities" and we can't wait to connect with you and explore new and creative possibilities for library youth services in Michigan! Our lineup of keynote speakers, education sessions, and fun virtual networking opportunities are sure to spark your creativity and energy in providing the best possible library service for Michigan children, tweens and teens.

Spring Institute 2021 Virtual Conference Archives

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Governor Whitmer Signs SB611 - Amendments to the Library Privacy Act

December 29, 2020

On December 29, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed into law Senate Bill 611 - now Public Act 315 of 2020 - amendments to the Library Privacy Act. We are eternally grateful to bill sponsor Senator Peter MacGregor and to all of the library advocates that helped us get this across the line and signed into law.


MDHHS Revises and Extends Emergency Order

December 21, 2020

On December 19, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) again revised and extended the Gatherings and Face Mask Order to allow indoor activities where Michiganders can remain masked, including in-person learning at high schools and indoor entertainment venues. Learn more

This order takes effect beginning on December 21, 2020, at 12:01 am, at which time the December 7, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded. This order remains in effect through January 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm.

View the Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order.


SB611 Heads to Governor Whitmer's Desk

December 17, 2020

This week, Senate Bill 611 - Amendments to the Library Privacy Act was passed in the House, concurred in the Senate and is now off to the Governor's desk for signature.


Letter from Debbie

December 17, 2020

Holiday Greetings!

2020! A year for the record books to say the least. This was a grinchy year – one of political divide; one where systemic racial tensions were brought to the forefront; one where hope was lacking; and one of isolation from those we love, those we work with, and those we serve. But even the Grinch (and Dr. Seuss) found that at this time of year…“Christmas will always be, as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” Now more than ever, we need to link hearts and hands to find our common ground.


Seeking Database Coordinator for MLA

Jump in and connect with statewide library members! 

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is a statewide advocacy and service organization with nearly 1,900 members throughout Michigan. Our mission is to lead the advancement of all libraries through advocacy, education and engagement.  Headquartered in Lansing, MLA is seeking a Database Coordinator to work in a team-oriented environment.


MDHHS Extends Emergency Order

December 7, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has extended by 12 days the Gatherings and Face Mask Order that restricts indoor social gatherings and other group activities. The additional 12 days will allow the department to determine the full impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on the spread of COVID-19 across Michigan.

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