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MLA Welcomes New President for 2018/19

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) 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.
 
Thompson has worked in library leadership positions for more than 25 years. Prior to his position at Carroll County, he served as the Senior Administrator for Public Services at Harford County Public Library; Associate Director for the Western Maryland Regional Library; Project Coordinator for Maryland AskUsNow!; and as a circulation supervisor, library associate, and librarian at Baltimore County Public Library.
 
“MLA has provided me incredible opportunities to develop my own experience.  I'm so grateful to be able to give back to these dedicated people and this great association,” said Thompson. “Participation in MLA is an excellent way to learn skills, build connections, and increase opportunities to contribute to the library profession.”
 
Thompson's past work in support of the Maryland Library Association has included serving as Secretary, chairing the Fundraising Committee, chairing the Student Interest Group, serving on the Nominations Committee, and serving as a member of the Professional Development Panel.  He is a 2005 graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute and returned in 2008 as a mentor. Thompson regularly presents programs and facilitates discussions at the annual Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association Conference.  He serves on the board of Citizens for Maryland Libraries and previously served as chair of the Maryland's Library Associate Training Institute Oversight Committee.  Thompson received his Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from the University of Maryland in 2001. 
 
Thompson is also active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the library profession, serving as President of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) from 2014 – 2015, chair of RUSA's Reference Services Section from 2010 – 2011, and as a member of many committees and task forces. 
 
The Maryland Library Association was founded in 1923 and provides professional development and other leadership opportunities for its members, in addition to advocating for principles and issues related to librarianship and library service. Members include library staff, library school students, library trustees, and friends of libraries representing a full spectrum of the library profession across Maryland. For membership and other organization information go to www.mdlib.org.

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