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MLA Election Held, New Officers Selected

The Maryland Library Association (MLA) engages members to develop professionally, advocates for the value of libraries and serves as the state's professional association for public, academic and special librarians. After holding its annual elections, members selected new officers for the 2019/2020 year. Morgan Miller, Director of the Cecil County Public Library System, will assume the role of Vice President/President Elect in July 2019.   “Librarian leadership is needed more than ever. It is essential to the future of our communities and our country,” stated Ms. Miller.

The Maryland Library Association (MLA) engages members to develop professionally, advocates for the value of libraries and serves as the state's professional association for public, academic and special librarians. After holding its annual elections, members selected new officers for the 2019/2020 year. Morgan Miller, Director of the Cecil County Public Library System, will assume the role of Vice President/President Elect in July 2019.   “Librarian leadership is needed more than ever. It is essential to the future of our communities and our country,” stated Ms. Miller.

The Cecil County Public Library's mission is to “Champion Reading, Build Knowledge, and Inspire Curiosity.” Throughout its seven branches, outreach bookmobile, and digital resources, CCPL delivers transformational service that opens the doors of learning and opportunity for the entire community.  Prior to being named Director, Ms. Miller played an integral role over the course of her 14-year career with CCPL in shaping the services and culture that garnered the library system the 2015 National Medal for Libraries, the nation's highest honor for libraries, awarded each year to five libraries achieving extraordinary impact. At the state and national level, Ms. Miller serves on the state's Library Legislative Panel, as well as the Public Library Association's Advocacy and Strategic Partnerships Committee.

Ms. Miller attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2009.  She is a graduate of the Maryland Library Leadership Institute and the Cecil Leadership Institute, class of 2011. In 2013, Ms. Miller was named an Emerging Leader by the Maryland Library Association. She has also dedicated much of her personal time to community engagement and leadership. She is a member of the Union Hospital of Cecil County's Board of Directors and the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, as well as the Local Management Board and Economic Development Council.

Current MLA President, Joe Thompson expressed his appreciation, thanking so many MLA members for helping to shape the Association's future. “I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the individuals who agreed to run for Maryland Library Association offices in the recent elections. Our association depends on our volunteer leaders, and it's wonderful to see that we have so many people dedicated to accomplishing MLA's important work. I very much appreciate the efforts of Michelle Hamiel and her Nominations Committee for assembling a strong ballot for this election.”

Ms. Miller will serve as MLA president following the terms of Thompson and Carroll County Public Library Executive Director, Andrea Berstler, who will serve as president during the 2019-2010 year.

In addition to Ms. Miller, the following individuals have been elected to leadership positions across the association:  Treasurer – Carl Olson; Association of College Libraries VP – Lois Entner and Secretary – Sean Hogan; Children's Services Division VP – Betsy Brannen and Secretary – Jill Hutchinson; Leadership Development Division VP –Anita Crawford and Secretary— Megan Jones; Public Services Division – Sam Eddington and Secretary—Melissa Lauber; Support Staff Division VP – Robin Soma-Dudley and Secretary –Maria Jones.

For more information about the Maryland Library Association, visit www.mdlib.org.

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