The Advocacy Committee is charged with developing an advocacy strategy for our association, providing a framework for advocacy now and into the future. 

Michigan's public, school, academic and special libraries are connected, serving each citizen at various points in his/ her life. Therefore, it's important for libraries of all types to support each other, especially in times when outside support becomes more limited-- as is the case for Michigan school libraries.

From our founding in 2014, MiALA has expressed a commitment to support efforts statewide to advocate for all types of Michigan libraries. This support could include:
* contributing funds to support major advocacy campaigns and efforts alongside other associations and groups within the state
* contributing some MiALA member volunteer time toward statewide advocacy efforts
* establishing more formal relationships with other library advocacy- minded organizations
* and more ideas that you, MiALA member and potential Advocacy Task Force volunteer, bring to the table.

Working together with Michigan's other library communities, MiALA can contribute to ensuring library services for our citizens’ lifelong learning.

If you are interested in serving on the advocacy committee, click here to fill out the committee volunteer form.

2017-2018 Advocacy Committee Members

Julie Garrison (chair)
Western Michigan University

Barbara Begin Campbell
Stephanie Davis
Clayton Hayes
Rachel Minkin
Samantha Minnis
Terence O'Neill
Corinne Thompson
Tom Volkening

Board Liaison - Beth Martin

MiALA Statement in Support of Michigan School Libraries

The Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA) as an organization believes that Michigan's public, school, academic, and special libraries are connected, each serving Michigan's citizens at various points in their life. It is essential for libraries of all types to support each other, especially in times when outside support becomes more limited. In particular, school library media centers are an integral part of the K-12 education for the students in Michigan and provide a thirteen year foundation in teaching and learning.

Therefore, MiALA fully endorses the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan's support for school library media centers. In addition, MiALA recognizes that the employment of a full-time, certified, school librarian/Library Media Specialist is critical to the provision of an effective school library program. Vibrant, appropriately-staffed school libraries have direct impact on student achievement. Every student must be provided with the opportunity for equal access to resources and information, and all students learn critical literacy skills necessary for success in higher education as well as for life.

The Library Media Specialist is a credentialed educator and is highly qualified to teach the 21st Century skills our students need in order to be adequately prepared for college, careers, and lifelong learning. The Library Media Specialist is able to fully collaborate with classroom teachers in support of reading development, information and digital literacy skills, and curriculum development. MiALA supports efforts to ensure access for all Michigan students to fully-funded school libraries with appropriate resources, programming, and certified staff.

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