Archive January 2019

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Maryland is One of 14 State Library Agencies Selected as NASA@MyLibrary Partners

Fourteen state library agencies were selected to receive resources, training and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation. They include Alaska, Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. They will be active throughout 2019 and provide support for the summer learning event called “Universe of Stories.” These 14 state library agencies will join Michigan, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Washington who were the original sites who helped pilot the project during 2018.

President's Message: January 2019

I recently had the privilege to speak to the fall 2018 graduating class of Maryland’s Library Associate Training Institute (LATI) about MLA. Much of what I shared was about the organization of our association, in hopes of giving the LATI participants a better sense of the entry-points for involvement and the benefits of participating in the important work of MLA.

Those of you who have attended the recent Getting to Know MLA web meetups have been a part of similar conversations. While I greatly appreciated this chance to champion the work of MLA, the part of the day that I found to be the most rewarding – and the most FUN – was participating as part of a panel organized by Linda Zuckerman, LATI Coordinator. She had invited Tonya Kennon (President & CEO, Howard County Library System), Michael Gannon (Chief Operating Officer for Support Services, Prince George's County Memorial Library System), Lisa Kenyon (Staff Development and Training Coordinator, Enoch Pratt Free Library) and I to share perspectives from our own experience on how the Library Associates can prepare themselves for the next step in their careers.