Montana Library Association Reaffirms Commitment to Library Professionalism
November 13, 2023 – The Montana Library Association (MLA) Board of Directors has passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to maintaining high standards of professionalism in library services while emphasizing the importance of legislative advocacy.
The resolution, adopted on November 13th, addresses recent actions of the Montana State Library Commission and outlines key priorities for the MLA. The resolution highlights the critical role of professional development in light of the recent decision to eliminate the graduate degree requirement for library directors in Montana's largest libraries. MLA is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for library professionals to enhance their skills and knowledge, ensuring they are well-prepared to serve their communities and maintain consistently high standards of service.
Kelly Reisig, President of the Montana Library Association, stated, "Our organization is led by Montana librarians, to serve the interests of Montana libraries and library users. Despite generations of collaboration, we are deeply concerned that the Commission has lost its way. We passed this resolution to make clear our belief that common ground exists, and that MLA remains committed to the health and longevity of library services in Montana.”
In addition to professional development, legislative advocacy remains a top priority for MLA. The association is dedicated to ensuring libraries receive the funding and support they need to serve their communities effectively. MLA is committed to engaging with all stakeholders, including government agencies and elected officials, to advocate for the best interests of Montana's libraries and library users.
The MLA resolution invites all stakeholders, including the Montana State Library Commission, to engage in a constructive and open dialogue. By finding common ground and working together, MLA aims to ensure the continued success of Montana's libraries.
The approved resolution can be viewed at https://mtlib.org/Resolutions. A copy of the resolution has been sent to the Montana State Library Commission and other relevant stakeholders to encourage understanding and collaboration in the shared commitment to providing outstanding library services to all Montanans.
The public comment period regarding the proposed changes to the Public Library Standards opens on November 3rd and will remain open until 12p on December 1st, 2023. Comments may be submitted at the following link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=mEypBw_zu0q9ftY_hyDcAlczmrUkaNlDse3DYG-y4llUOVJLSUY2OUJJUERXQlVGUlgwVEoyRUJGMC4u&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
About Montana Library Association (MLA): The Montana Library Association is a professional 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1906, dedicated to advancing library services and promoting the professional growth of library staff. MLA provides resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities to support libraries and library professionals across Montana. More information and support opportunities can be found at www.mtlib.org.
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