Since 1891, the Maine Library Association has promoted library interests in the State of Maine. Over the years, MLA’s membership has grown to over 700 library workers and library supporters.
Our mission is to advocate for Maine libraries and library workers, foster cooperation, offer professional development, and provide leadership in ensuring that information is accessible to all.
We envision a Maine library ecosystem where:
MLA supports Maine libraries in their efforts to defend, maintain, and grow their operating budgets, and advocate for better wages in libraries at all job levels; promotes intellectual freedom in libraries and schools and supports public policy and legislation that advances the missions of Maine libraries; and
We develop continuing education and professional development opportunities for our members, such as monthly Coffee Chats and the annual Maine Library Association Annual Conference.
MLA groups offer the opportunity to work on areas of special interest, network with like-minded colleagues across the state and across library types, and to work towards the betterment of libraries in Maine. Have an impact by participating in an special interest or advocacy group, or on one of the committees that keeps our organization working.
Work with partners and coalitions to advance community goals, such as literacy, digital equity, open dialogue, civic engagement, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).