Educational Institutions


aka MLA

Lansing, MI


Helping libraries and library professionals succeed. Guided by the belief that free access to information is the cornerstone of a free society, MLA has advocated for libraries on behalf of the state's residents for over 100 years. MLA defends the right to read, advocates for adequate library funding, clarifies library governance issues, promotes librarian education and works for free access of information to all residents.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Deborah Mikula

Main Address

3410 Belle Chase way Ste 100

Lansing, MI 48911 USA


education, advocacy, library





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Michigan Library Association works to support libraries and library professionals. We address funding and sustainability issues, monitor laws that impact libraries and their patrons, increase library visibility and enhance education and networking opportunities for library personnel.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Annual Conference

Continued Education


Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

1) Provide High Quality Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities 2) Provide Great Member Value 3) Be a Forum for Collaboration, Cooperation and Partnerships 4) Be a Statewide Voice and Advocacy Network 5) Be Stable and Sustainable

Annual Priorities 2019 - 2020 Legislative And Advocacy Committee Charge Monitors legislative and policy issues that impact libraries and makes policy recommendations to the Board. Develops legislative strategy on priority policy issues. Works closely with MLA lobbyist. Annual Priorities (also see Legislative Plan): •Advocate to protect state aid to libraries and MeL.•Protect millage elections in key months•Tax Tribunal and Big Box Stores solutions•NARCAN hold harmless •Develop a response to parallel ordinances for penal fines or replacing penal fine revenue.•Tax Increment Financing Authorities, Brownfields, etc.•Relationship development between legislators and library directors/trustees Membership and Communications/Marketing Charge Oversees all MLA membership, communications and marketing. Develop a comprehensive annual communications plan to promote all member benefits and value. Implements the annual plan to retain members and recognize/celebrate membership. •Weekly and Monthly Communications•Develop and implement a comprehensive annual communications plan that incorporates the MLA email updates, website and social media and promotes member value.•Develop a Year-End review/Annual Report.•Implement the annual membership retention plan including monthly member spotlights.•Explore Drupal website upgrade from 5-6. •Promotion of MLA Awards, Pletz Award, Thumbs Up!, Mitten and oversight and promotion. Professional Development and Networking Committee Charge Work with MLA staff as a team to maintain oversight and assure a high standard of quality professional development experiences. Assure that work groups develop and produce targeted, professional development experiences. Assure that work groups have clearly defined learning outcomes. October 15-17, 2019 Annual Conference March 19-20, 2020 Spring Institute April 3, 2020 Coaching and Evaluating your Staff: Are you prepared to manage? April 20, 2020 Community Collaborations: The Library as a Social Service Nexus: Homelessness, addiction, housing, domestic violence all require resources. How can your librarians learn about the agencies and services available to provide the best resources to your patrons? May 1, 2020 How to Advance Your Career May 15, 2020Dismantling Institutional Racism from the Inside

The Michigan Library Association has a small staff supported by a membership of over 1700 dedicated professionals who support the creation and implementation of all programming.

Our individual and organizational membership numbers are the best indicator that our membership association is meeting the needs of the membership.

Halfway through the year, we have had a successful Annual Conference with over 550 persons in attendance in Novi, MI. Our planning for next year is already underway, supported by over 150 members.

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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