Jessica Trotter is Head of Public Services at the Capital Area District Libraries Downtown Lansing Branch. She graduated in 2001 from the University of Michigan School of Information in Archives. Before coming to CADL, she worked for the Houston Grand Opera as their Archivist and as a local history librarian at the Kent District Library Rockford Branch. Jessica is a genealogist and she studies and performs Middle Eastern dance with the Habibi Dancers in Lansing.
Describe yourself in three words: Creative, curious and reflective
What do you most like about working in libraries? What I like most is that moment when you are helping someone and they “get it.” I also like the fact that I get to do so many different things. There is an element of teaching that I enjoy, as well as creative elements and coming up with great books for people to read.
Why did you join MLA, and is it the same reason you are still a member? I originally joined when I was as a student at University of Michigan. I wanted to find out what was going on in the field in Michigan. That hasn’t changed. I am still a member because it helps me to connect with people and to know out what other libraries are doing.
MLA is seeking nominations for the twenty-third annual Michigan Author Award. The award recognizes an outstanding published body of literary work by an author who is either from Michigan or has substantial ties to the state.
The Michigan Author Award was established in 1992 with the intention of recognizing significant Michigan authors with a lifetime achievement award. Over the years, the award has been given to a diverse collection of writers working in a variety of genres and styles. A panel of judges representing Michigan Library Association members determines the recipient on overall literary merit.
In light of the fact that Thanksgiving weekend immediately preceeds the original program proposal deadline of December 2, MLA has extended the deadline one week to December 9. The poster proposal deadline of February 14, 2014 remains the same.
Click here for complete proposal instructions and best practices for successful submissions.
MLA is seeking nominees for the 2014 Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth. 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 their career. The winner will be announced and presented with the award at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
Debra Green is the Director of the Belleville Area District Library and has been since 1987. She has worked in libraries for 43 years though she is not quite 60. She began by shelving books at her local public library (Southgate) in 1970. She also worked at both Wayne State and U of M libraries, and Inkster and Trenton public libraries. Her current position has evolved from being the “branch manager (and only professional) of a 3500 sq. ft. Wayne County Library building with a circulation of under 60,000, to an expanded building of 11,000 sq. ft. (1992), to a District Library (2010) with a circulation over 210,000. She lives in Belleville and is active in the Belleville Rotary Club and Belleville Area Garden Club. Gardening, long distance walks, and grandchildren are among her other passions.