- Program submitter may or may not also be the presenter. Either is acceptable.
- Communications by MLA’s Program Subcommittee will be with the submitter only. It is expected that pertinent information is then conveyed by the submitter, serving as the liaison, to all presenters. Contact information is required for each presenter as well.
- Program sessions are sixty minutes of content.
- MLA members are not reimbursed or compensated for session time, mileage, or any other such item.
- Presenters, including MLA members, must register for the day(s) they attend Annual Conference if they intend to stay beyond their allotted presentation time.
- The MLA Program Subcommittee will contact each program’s submitter in writing with regards to final decisions of the juried acceptance process by May 3, 2014.
- MLA will send all individual presenters a Presenter Agreement indicating date, time, and details of their presentation. This will be confirmed by the presenter and returned to MLA.
Technology improvements are underway at MLA. We have successfully migrated from the Lotus Notes email application to Outlook. This will provide much greater efficiency for staff. Our new email domain address is @milibraries.org and will match our new website domain when the revamped site launches this spring.
The old email address will continue to work for the time being, but we suggest you access our newly updated staff list via the Staff Directory, then update your contacts to ensure you can always reach us when you need us.
Tell me about yourself (e.g., where you currently work, how you got into librarianship, where you live, any fun or interesting tidbits about yourself)
I currently serve as the dean of the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education (FLITE) at Ferris State University. I live in Rockford, and appreciate that I get to go “up north” for work every day, especially as I pass over the Muskegon River (which I canoe/kayak with family and friends every summer). I also serve on the Kent District Library Board of Trustees, and will join the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services Board of Directors in 2014.
I’ve been a librarian since 1994, and became interested in the profession through an uncle who had a very successful career as a health sciences librarian. While I was in graduate school in 1993, the first major Web browser with a graphical user interface, NCSA Mosaic, was released. To me, Mosaic was a major harbinger of the flux and disruption that libraries have continued to experience since the early 1990s.
As an irrepressible devotee of the electric bass, I helped found two “open access librarian rock bands,” the Bearded Pigs, and Marc Fields and Bad Data.
Peter Drucker famously stated that “management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. Library directors are constantly managing their individual teams of trustees, staff, volunteers and others. It takes dedicated leadership to turn these groups into one cohesive team with a single vision for their library.
Are you looking for the skills that will take you to that next level of leadership? MLA Leadership Academy offers the kind of training not found in library school. Plus you will develop a cohort of colleagues that you can call on and count on for support as you navigate your way throughout your career. The six sessions cover everything from leadership fundamentals to successfully managing the politics inherent in every library position.