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MLA Connect Coffee Hour

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Library Social Services 

Tuesday, September 15
10:00 – 11:00 am

Libraries are often the community’s safety net and provide critical assistance and services to those who need it most. How can your library still fulfill these needs and provide support when community access in your building is limited or unavailable? 

MLA welcomes Tiffany Russell, LMSW, Social Worker at the Niles District Library, to this month’s MLA Connect Coffee Hour to talk about how she supported her community before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as share some ideas about how you can be that resource for your own community whether you have an on-staff social worker or not. 

Please come with questions and ideas to share with the group. How has your library responded during and after the statewide closure? What services are you able to provide and what are you still figuring out? What have you done to strengthen that safety net in your library and community?

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour:
Library Culture: Building Awareness, Trust and Best Practices Around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:00 - 11:00 am

Many libraries and organizations find it challenging when it comes to implementing a sustainable diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy. Today’s workplace requires leaders with exceptional cross-cultural communication and intelligence skills that are flexible, engaging, and sensitive. Professionals equipped to communicate effectively among various perspectives and styles; drive engagement while increasing collaboration and teamwork. 

Join Jocelyn Giangrande as she facilitates a conversation to help MLA members develop a systematic approach to diversity and inclusion that drives buy-in, sustainability and metrics for success.

Special Guest:

Jocelyn Giangrande

Jocelyn Giangrande, M.A., SPHR, CCDP, SHRM-SCP

Giangrande specializes in people and organizational dynamics and is an expert in adult learning and cultural transformations. She’s held executive positions at Henry Ford Health System as Vice President of Talent & Workforce Strategies, Corporate Director for Workforce Diversity & AA/EEO Compliance as well as the position of Executive Director of Human Resources and Regional Support for Hilton Hotel Corporation.

Having taught courses at the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, Marygrove College in Detroit, Inforum’s Executive Leadership Program as well as the Henry Ford Health System’s Leadership Academies, Giangrande has a unique combination of expertise that provides a well-rounded experience.

A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a graduate of Cornell University Diversity Leadership Program, Giangrande earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colby College, a Masters of Arts degree in Human Resources Management, from Marygrove College and is a graduate and facilitator of Inforum’s Center for Women’s Executive Leadership program.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour With U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)

Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00 am

Grab a mug of your favorite beverage and join MLA as we welcome Rep. Elissa Slotkin, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 8th District, to this edition of MLA Connect Coffee Hour. Rep. Slotkin will discuss how libraries are critical community resources throughout Michigan as well as tell us about any new federal developments that may affect libraries in the near future. There will also be time for audience Q & A.

Special Guest:

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8) headshot


Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-8)
United States House of Representatives

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Reopening Academic Libraries

Join our new MLA President, Dr. Jennifer Dean, Dean of Libraries and Instructional Technology at the University of Detroit Mercy, for the MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Reopening Academic Libraries. Jennifer will help facilitate conversation about how academic libraries throughout the state are planning their reopening and preparing for students this fall. Attendees are encouraged to share how their libraries are preparing and brainstorm ideas for common concerns.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:00 AM

MLA Connect Coffee Hour: Ask a Library Lawyer

Grab a cozy mug of your favorite beverage and join MLA as we continue our discussion about safely reopening our libraries. Back by popular demand, Attorney Anne M. Seurynck will join us to discuss the legal aspects of enforcing new safety standards and what libraries should and should not consider as they enter new reopening phases*.

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