Legislative Committee

Monitors legislative and policy issues impacting libraries and makes policy recommendations to the board. Informs and educates members about state legislation and policy issues. Contacts legislators as needed to educate them about library concerns. Works closely with MLA executive director.

2019-2020 Legislative Committee

  • Chair: Erin Schmandt,Caro Area District Library
  • MLA President: Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library
  • Clara Bohrer, West Bloomfield Twp. Public Library
  • Shirley Bruursema, Kent District Library
  • Bryan Cloutier, Oxford Public Library
  • President-elect: Julia Eisenstein, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Dennis Hillers, University of Detroit Mercy
  • Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe Public Library
  • Kathy Lester, Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME)
  • Cindy Mack, Brighton District Library
  • Jenny Marr, Ferndale Area District Library
  • Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan
  • James Pletz, The Library Network
  • Kelly Richards, Muskegon Area District Library
  • Ryan Wieber, Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Lance Werner, Kent District Library

Professional Development and Networking Committee (PDNC)

Anticipates emerging trends and hot topics. Works with staff as a think tank for ideas and insight to help identify the kinds of training our members will need to excel in the libraries of the future as well as today. Members must have prior experience on an MLA work group to participate on this committee.

2019-2020 PDNC

  • Chair: Vanessa Verdun-Morris, Taylor Community Library 
  • Mattie Cook, Flat River Community Library
  • John McNaughton, Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Ann Neff-Rohs, Jackson District Library
  • Kip Odell, Kent District Library
  • Lisa Valerio Nowc, Royal Oak Township Library
  • Lisa Waskin, Superior District Library

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee (NLDC)

Cultivates leadership potential within MLA membership to maintain strong and effective governance and solicits and evaluates nominations of candidates for service on the MLA Board of Directors. Members of the committee are appointed by the President, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors. Members are passionate about the success of MLA’s membership and show a track record of leadership. All questions regarding the committee should be directed to the President.

2019-2020 NLDC

  • Chair: Pam Christensen
  • MLA President-elect: Julia Eisenstein, University of Detroit Mercy
  • MLA President: Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library
  • Jennifer Dean, University of Detroit Mercy
  • John McNaughton, Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Tashia Munson, Washtenaw Community College
  • Ryan Wieber, Kalamazoo Public Library

Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.