The Maryland Library Association (MLA) will soon have a new President for the 2018/2019 year. Joseph Thompson, Director of Public Services at Carroll County Public Library, will become President on July 1 after serving this past year as the association's Vice President/President Elect.
The Maryland Library Association (MLA) recently elected a new Vice President/President Elect for the 2018/2019 year. Andrea Berstler, Executive Director and CEO of Wicomico Public Libraries, was recently elected to the position by MLA membership.
A diverse panel comprised of librarians from both the public and school communities, as well as an English teacher, author, high school students and a parent of teens brought their unique perspectives to a program on banned books called, “You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Read Banned Books.” Since the Banned Books Week materials for 2018 were recently made available, it is helpful to review some of the questions and discussions that came out of last fall's program, which was attended by 30 people and co-sponsored by the MLA Intellectual Freedom Panel and the MLA Teen Interest Group. A write-up of the 2017 panel discussion and program is included in this month's MLA newsletter, The Crab. The CRAB newsletter is published by the Maryland Library Association and is one of the many benefits of MLA membership. For more information on important library issues and services, or to join MLA, visit mdlib.org.