Robert Kelly is currently Collection Development Librarian at Eastern Michigan University. In 2005, he retired from the University of Michigan as an emeritus senior associate librarian after working at the Kresge Business Library (4 years) and the U of M Dearborn Mardigian Library (16 years). He and his wife, Judith Kelly, reside in Plymouth and both enjoy botany, photography and traveling.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Hardworking, engaging and compassionate
What do you like most about working in libraries? I’ve worked in virtually all aspects of libraries from technical services and systems to public service, circulation and administration and the thread that runs through them all is my belief in service to our patrons/clients. The patron/client may be internal (other librarians, staff, faculty, students) or external (the Provost, President, librarians at other institutions). The support that you can provide - be it through your management of resources, assisting in a reference question, or providing data to back up a point - is what gives a kick. The work is varied, challenging, changing and at times demanding. In the end, it is working with others as a team to identify and support the information needs of our patrons/clients that gives me the most satisfaction.
Why did you join MLA and is it the same reason you are still a member? I originally joined MLA to meet with other academic librarians and understand the challenges and activities in which they were engaged. As a systems librarian I wanted to engage specifically with similar librarians and so was heavily involved with the Library Technology Division. That provided me with excellent experience in working with and leading a diverse group of individuals to achieve common goals and activities which supported the MLA functionally and financially. I still support the mission and goals of MLA, however my responsibilities at EMU have required me to reduce my regular engagement with MLA.
With back to school comes back to Lansing for our legislators. Session begins in September and our lobbyist GCSI is already lining up meetings with Representatives and Senators so we can talk about issues important to libraries. As always, one of those issues is funding and more specifically millages. We worked last year to make sure our elected officials were aware of the huge dollars being funneled away from libraries via DDAs and TIFAs. Again this year, we plan to address some solutions for this financial drain to our libraries.
MLA is pleased to announce that Laura Kasischke is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Author Award. Laura will accept her award at MLA 2013 Annual Conference in Lansing, Michigan.
Laura is a prolific author and poet. She has written eight novels, two of which, The Life Before Her Eyes and Suspicious River, were made into feature films. She has also authored eight books of poetry and received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2012. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Pushcart Prizes and numerous poetry awards. Her writing has appeared in Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Harper’s and The New Republic.
Laura has strong ties to the state of Michigan. She grew up in Grand Rapids and currently resides in Chelsea. She is also an Allan Seager Colleagiate Professor of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan. Throughout her diverse body of work, Laura ties her characters to the state of Michigan. These connections and her creative gift make Laura a perfect fit for this award.
A panel of judges representing Michigan Library Association members and the Michigan Center for the Book determined the recipient on overall literary merit. To receive the award authors must be a current resident of Michigan, a long-time resident of Michigan, recently relocated, or an author whose works are identified with Michigan because of subject and/or setting in Michigan. Past Michigan Author Award Winners include: Tom Stanton, Sarah Stewart, Steve Hamilton, Christopher Paul Curtis, Patricia Polacco, Dan Gerber, Charles Baxter, Nancy Willard, Janet Kauffman, Elmore Leonard, Loren Estleman, Gloria Whelan, Jerry Dennis, Janie Lynn Panagopoulos, Thomas Lynch, Nicholas Delbanco, Diane Wakoski, Dave Dempsey, John Smolens, Gary Schmidt and Bonnie Jo Campbell.
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