Leslie Warren of the NMU to chair the American Library Association committee

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Leslie Warren, dean of library and educational support at the University of Northern Michigan, has accepted a position as president for the final year of her two-year tenure with rural, native libraries and tribals from the American Library Association. Committee of all kinds.

She will occupy the management position from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

The committee is charged with examining the issues and challenges these libraries face, collaborating with other units of ALA serving the needs of rural communities, and advocating and collaborating with libraries serving rural populations, tribal and indigenous.

Since Warren joined the committee, he has updated The Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library, an online booklet with practical steps for advocacy and community engagement.

“I am delighted that the Upper Peninsula is represented in this new edition,” she said. “The photos on pages 2 and 19 are from the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton. Our next priority is to organize a national summit for rural and tribal libraries, where we can discuss challenges, solutions and innovations. Next year we will probably be developing and updating resources for tribal and indigenous libraries.

“Rural, indigenous and tribal libraries have great opportunities to support education, recreation, creativity and civic engagement in their communities. Individual libraries are often small, with limited resources, but together we can accomplish a lot and help our communities achieve more.

See more information about the ALA Committee of Rural, Indigenous and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds and its members here.

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Andrew B. Reiter