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    • Historical Society of Michigan Advanced Digitizing of Collections

      Friday, August 26. This workshop has been developed for participants who have taken the basic digitization workshop or who are working with organizations already involved in digitization projects. Topics will include document and audiovisual reformatting standards, equipment, metadata, and sources. By Matthew Wilcox, Michigan State University. To register for a workshop, contact the Historical Society of Michigan via their secure online registration form or call (800) 692-1828.

    • LM Dispatch: Library of Michigan Bimonthly Newsletter Sign Up for the LM Dispatch

      We produce a bimonthly newsletter with columns, features and stories about happenings at the Library of Michigan, success and collaboration stories from co-ops and libraries around the state and items of interest to Michigan library staff. Sign up at the link above to receive this free eNewsletter. The next issue comes out the last week of September!

    • workshop New & Advanced Director's Workshops - Register Here

      This year’s New & Advanced Director’s workshops will be held on September 15 & 16 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, MI.  First-time library directors and library directors new to Michigan are required to attend one or both of these workshop.  All new directors are required to attend the New Director Workshop on September 15 within 12 months of appointment.  New directors of class 4 through class 6 libraries are required to attend the Advanced Director Workshop within 24 months of appointment. 

    • HSM State History Award logo State History Award Nomination Form Due Friday July 29 PDF icon

      Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents State History Awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The awards are presented at the annual State History Conference and recognize the excellence of achievement by an individual or organization in the collection, preservation, and/or promotion of state and local history.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award State Librarian's Excellence Award 2016 PDF icon

      The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel will sponsor the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the nomination form linked above. The deadline for nominations is August 19, 2016. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.

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    • The Library of Michigan Vertical File

      collage of newspaper clippingsBefore there were printed indices or scanned newspaper images, libraries created their own limited selected indices to news items.
      The Library of Michigan’s vertical file contains selected articles related to Michigan from roughly 1950 until about
      1989. Occasional items from earlier decades are also on file. These items are filed by subject and include biographical items as well as local history.

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    • CQ Researcher

       At the Library or from your office, CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Topics are presented with an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports.  With a complete archive that dates back to 1991, CQ Researcher is an invaluable source for policy-related research.

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    • ALA Webinar Series on Effective Marketing Campaigns

      The American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy is offering a free webinar series designed to teach attendees how to create, market and implement effective advocacy campaigns for libraries.

      Beginning Thursday, July 14th, and occurring each Thursday through Aug. 4, the Library Campaign Training Institute will cover a host of topics, with a different focus each week.  These 90-minute sessions include:

      Part 1: Building your Base – Making the connection between program and services outreach and building a library’s base of support for advocacy.  (July 14)

      Part 2: The Best Defense is a Good Offense – Provides participants with the knowledge needed to create a campaign plan, recruit volunteer leadership and detail responsibilities.  (July 21)

      Part 3: Message, Marketing, & Media – Workshop walks participants through developing a campaign message using values and emotional branding, as well as using media to advance the message.  (July 28)

      Part 4 +5: Connecting with YES Voters + Get out the Vote – Details the nuts and bolts of a library field operation including targeting through enhanced voter files, phone banking, social media, and voter tracking.  The final portion brings the previous four sessions together with the ultimate goal of reaching “yes” voters and getting them to the polls. (Aug. 4)


      These webinars are presented by Libby Post of Communication Services, and all begin at 1 p.m., ET.

      Registration is mandatory, and attendance is limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room(s).  Visit the event page to sign up for the individual sessions today: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/library-campaign-training-institute

      This webinar series is presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by United for Libraries and the ALA Chapter Relations Office.  For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at jfalcon@ala.org.

      These webinars will be archived and accessible to ALA members.

      For more information, contact:

      Joaquin Falcon
      Communications Specialist
      Office for Library Advocacy