MLA 2014-15 Board of Directors Candidates

Submitted by coveyl on April 3, 2014 - 5:31pm.   

MLA will hold elections for the board of directors April 14 - 25. This year MLA members will vote for one of two President-Elect candidates and three of five Member-at–Large candidates. The ACRL Chapter Representative is appointed by the MLA Board.  Elections will be held by online vote and members will receive election information via email.  Candidates for elective office are listed below. Information on each candidate is available as a PDF attachment by clicking on their name.





Library Director, Jackson College



Dean, Academic Information Services, Northern Michigan University


Members at-Large:



Library Director, Fremont Area District Library



Systems Librarian, Head of Systems Management, U-M Dearborn


Coord. of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, Wayne State University



Document Delivery & Stacks Librarian, Ferris State University FLITE Library


Library Director, Howell Carnegie District Library


ACRL Chapter Representative:

(Board Appointed)



Information Literacy Librarian, Michigan State University


Member Spotlight - Sara Wedell

Submitted by coveyl on April 3, 2014 - 5:24pm.   

Sara WedellSara Wedell
Head of Adult Services, Chelsea District Library

Describe yourself in three words: Open, engaged, responsive

What do you most like about working in libraries:
The variety of opportunities and encounters a public librarian can have in a single day never ceases to amaze me. Our job is diverse like no other. As a public librarian, I have learned to build and design websites, plan major events, work with entrepreneurs, write grants and so much more. Thanks to outreach, events and staffing the reference desk, I am a more entrenched and involved member of the community I serve. The fact that my job gives me constant variety and encourages me to be active in my community are pretty big appeal factors for me.

Recent projects you are excited about:
A major project we are currently working on is our Historic Newspaper Project. We have 134 years of Chelsea newspapers on microfilm dating back to 1873 and we are eager to get it online and make it searchable.

Our biggest obstacle was always funding a project of this magnitude. Our solution was to adopt a sponsorship model of fundraising - we offered our community members the opportunity to sponsor a year of Chelsea newspapers for $100. This one-time donation helps fund the cost of the overall project, and the donor gets acknowledgement, such as "1925 Chelsea Standard - sponsored by Joe Citizen."

The response has been extremely positive and in just five months, more than eighty years have been sponsored. We look forward to offering an online browsing and searching experience on our local history website,, by late summer/early fall.

Anne Clark Receives 2014 Pletz Award

Submitted by coveyl on April 3, 2014 - 4:27pm.   

Anne ClarkMLA is pleased to announce that Anne Clark, Children's Librarian II/Department Head, Bay County Library System, is the winner of the 2014 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth Award. The award is given annually to a Michigan library staff person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library service to youth, ages 0-18 throughout his or her career. Anne was honored at the 2014 Spring Institute Conference on March 28 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek.

Described at ambitious, accomplished and creative, Anne began her work as the department head of the children's department of the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library (Bay City) in April 2013, having spent the previous four years as children's services department head at the Shiawasee District Library in Owosso. In her first nine months in the position, Anne has enthusiastically embraced her role as "go-to" person in the the children's room for both staff and public, especially children, and has been key in the planning and implementation of 331 programs attended by 11,870 children and parents.

Anne's use of sharing technology to educate, advise, encourage and mentor others is prolific. Since May 2007, she has used her blog So Tomorrow to post for a librarian audience on topics such as storytelling, early literacy activities, technology, creating digital clip art and more. Her blog receives 10,000+ monthly page views.

She is also a founding member and organizer of Flannel Friday, a nationwide movement for librarians to share storytime ideas and was an instrumental team member/webmaster for the first Michigan KidLib Unconference in February, 2014.

In six years as a degreed librarian, Anne has served on the MLA Mitten Award work group twice and has presented at the MLA Spring Institute three times. She is looking forward to another opportunity to share ideas with other youth librarians when she presents at the 2014 Rural Library Conference on Mackinac Island.

"Certainly Anne's accomplishments and ongoing work as the head of a large and very busy children's department set an example for us all," said Bay County Library System director Tom Birch. "With her enthusiasm and commitment to the field of librarianship, and all that she has already accomplished for us with the Bay County Library System, I suspect that her contributions have only just begun."

2014 Thumbs Up! Award Teen Vote Open

Submitted by coveyl on March 18, 2014 - 5:25pm.   

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually to the author of an original work that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote of the top ten books. These 10 books were narrowed down from 100 by a group of Michigan youth and teen librarians. View the top ten list and share it with your teens to vote

Now it’s time for the teens to vote. Please distribute the list of Top Ten Titles to Michigan teens so they can read and vote! Teens can vote online HERE, either from home or from the library. Voting will be open through May 31, 2014.

2014-2015 Call for Volunteers

Submitted by coveyl on March 17, 2014 - 12:39pm.   

Call for VolunteersThis is your chance to be involved with your peers to create professional development and networking opportunities, serve your profession and play a vital role in benefiting libraries throughout the state. Your institution also gains as your staff develops leadership skills and creates programming that in turn enhances patron services. There is a place for you to be involved at MLA.

Complete descriptions can be found in the 2014-15 Call for Volunteers PDF brochure.

Sign up now through April 15th by completing the online volunteer survey.

Grow as a professional. Grow as a community.