Background: The award was established in 2012 to honor significant service by an MLA member to the MLA organization.
Purpose: The award is for an individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership and service to further the development, services, promotion, and/or visibility of the Michigan Library Association. More than one person may receive the award in any given year.
• The nominee must show an exceptional body of volunteer work over a period of years OR a specific recent year of exceptional service to MLA.
“For over 40 years Margaret Auer has been actively engaged in the Michigan Library Association, serving as a perpetual volunteer and advocate for the organization,” says Richard Cochran, MLA Past-President. She has many professional obligations as she is Dean of University Libraries for the University of Detroit-Mercy, but always finds time for an MLA project or assignment, generously giving of her time and insight.
Margaret has been an advocate for MLA, whether through her promotion of MLA membership or her encouragement of staff to participate in or present at conferences and workshops. She promotes collaborations through the Michigan academic library community. She has also actively advanced MNLA to a wide circle of vendors, even before MLA looked for strategic partners. Through her cultivation of these vendors, MLA has developed sustained financial support, which is vital to the association’s well-being.
She is a past-president of MLA and has served on the Annual Conference Committee numerous times, the Awards Task Force, MLA Leadership Academy Planning Committee, and Michigan Author Award Committee. She has also received the MLA Lifetime Achievement Award, Librarian of the Year Award, and the Wayne State University Library Science Program, Distinguished Alumna Award.