The Minnesota Library Association is an association of library supporters, representing all types of libraries by helping them accomplish together what none can do alone.
The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) serves the interests of its members by facilitating educational opportunities, supporting strong ethical standards, providing legislative assistance, and fostering connections between the library community and various constituencies. MLA offers year round opportunities for connection among library supporters and associates Learn more about the benefits of membership.
Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress
7/13/16 - Today the Senate approved the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden, American Library Association (ALA) past president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, is the first female and the first African American to lead the Library of Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in more than 60 years. Read more . . .
2016 Call for Award Nominations
Do you know anyone who’s gone above and beyond to impact libraries in the last year?
Help MLA recognize contributions to improved library services and intellectual freedom by nominating a person or group for one of the following awards:
- William G. Asp Distinguished Career Award
- MLA Above & Beyond Award
- Lars Steltzner Intellectual Freedom Award
It’s easy with the convenient online nomination form!
The deadline for nominations is August 15, 2016. Nominate quickly and often!
Make a nomination »
Read criteria and eligibility »
See past recipients »
Apply to Participate in the 2017 class of ALA Emerging Leaders
The Minnesota Library Association is sponsoring an ALA Emerging Leader for 2017 and we urge members to consider applying for the program. The American Library Association is accepting applications through August 1, 2016.
The ALA Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.
Want to know more? Here’s what 2016 ALA Emerging Leader Jenny McElroy, Reference Librarian, Minnesota Historical Society, had to say about her participation in the program . . . Read about Jenny's experience.
2016 MLA Annual Conference
September 29-30, 2016
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center