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MLA Statement on HF2097 & SF2267

Friday, March 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jenny Alcenat
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MLA Statement on HF2097 & SF2267


A core value of librarianship is open government, and library workers strive to ensure transparency, public access to, and participation in the creation of government information. The Minnesota Library Association (MLA) has received feedback from some of its members, and is concerned that the statutory change proposed by HF 2097 and SF 2267 was developed and introduced without informing or gathering input from Hennepin County Library staff and other stakeholders.  

In keeping with this value of open access to information, MLA recommends a delay in pursuing this change in statute, and encourages Hennepin County and Hennepin County Library administrators, Hennepin County Library staff, and AFSCME Local 2864 & 2822 to collaboratively and transparently develop a strategy to achieve Hennepin County Library's goals in hiring a new director.


MLA affirms the value of a degree from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association. This degree is relevant to administrators and leaders of libraries, and imparts not just skills and an understanding of librarianship, but also embodies core values including intellectual freedom, privacy, access, equity, social justice, open government, civic participation, and learning.


While this statute change affects one library system, MLA encourages its members to contact their legislators directly to provide additional feedback.


Kirsten Clark, MLA President

Ryan McCormick, MLA Past President

Patti Bross, MLA President Elect

March 26, 2019


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