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.

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.



New Email Addresses for MLA Staff

Submitted by coveyl on March 5, 2014 - 12:53pm.   

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 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.

Member Spotlight - Scott Garrison

Submitted by coveyl on February 4, 2014 - 11:35am.   


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.