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    • The Library Network Technology Forum logo The Library Network Invites You to Attend Their 2015 Technology Forum. Register Here.

      Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
      Time: 9am-3:30pm
      Where: Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
      Registration Fee: $30

      All library staff in the State of Michigan are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award State Librarian's Excellence Award Nominations Sought by Sept 4

      We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! Library directors, trustees, library users, or administrators may make nominations. See the nomination form for details of submission requirements. If, after reviewing the full criteria, you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Library of Michigan Foundation office at (517) 373-1297. Click on the link above to reach full information.

    • Michigan Humanities Council Become a Partner in the Great Michigan Read

      The 2015-16 Great Michigan Read, featuring Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, is underway with programs and author events planned across the state.  The Michigan Humanities Council has free copies of Station Eleven and promotional materials (reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, bookmarks, and posters) to send to participating libraries, schools, and other nonprofits. See the link above for more information.

    • Michigan Association for Media in Education 2016 Mahoney Workshop - Collaboration and Student Achievement: How School, Public and Academic Libraries Are Working Together

      Public, academic and school libraries are all vital to quality services for student achievement in your community. Come join us as the Library of Michigan and our partners are doing a one day workshop on Nov. 11th in Bay City as the preconference to the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) annual conference. We have a great group of speakers and the breakout session tracks are Information Literacy and College Readiness, Public Library Partnership Models, and The Online Teaching Environment: Collections and Collaborations. 

    • Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island 2016 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference Call for Proposals Open through Oct 19

      The conference will be held from May 4-6, 2016 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The conference is specially crafted to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff members throughout Michigan. The three-day event features vendors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions geared to libraries serving small and rural communities. You can find a copy of the proposal form to help you plan your submission content on the conference web page: www.michigan.gov/fyanconference.


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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Michigan Wheels Michigan Wheels Seminar: Michigan Design, American Pride #MIWheels

      Saturday, Oct 10 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Please join us for a casual daylong event about the great automobile and truck designs created in Michigan. Meet multiple authors and speakers including Jerry Burton who will discuss the Chevrolet Corvette, Richard Trierweiler who will discuss the REO truck division, Mark Bowden for the National Automotive History Collection, Ruth Ann Fruehauf on the Fruehauf Trailer Company, and John Clor, author of Ford Mustang 2015. Registration required. Cost $20. Lunch provided.

    • Lansing Snapshots: A Peoples Photo Exhibit with the Greater Lansing Historical SocietyAvailable for browsing every day. 4th floor. Insightful and intriguing photos taken by everyday folks, seeing their community through their eyes.

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    Build Your Community

    • Get Outside the Lines Outside the Lines

      Libraries are dynamic centers for engagement that help everyone in your local community be their best. To shift perceptions, we need to demonstrate how the library is more relevant than ever before. Let’s not just tell people how libraries have changed; let’s show them.

      Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

      • Gets people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a different way
      • Showcases the library out in the community as well as in the library
      • Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives
      • Represents your local community
      • Is active versus passive – gets people engaged
      • Is extraordinary and unexpected
      • Most importantly, is fun!

      Register your library for the celebration, September 13-19, 2015 and read more about the initiative at: http://getoutsidethelines.org/

      Outside the Lines is an initiative designed by Colorado library marketers and directors that gets libraries “walking the walk” – taking action to show our communities how important libraries are and how they’ve changed. This celebration takes many of the concepts discussed at R‑Squared – The Risk & Reward Conference, such as creativity, customer curiosity, culture, community and creative spaces, and puts them into action where they count – in our local communities.


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    • It's Time for Football!

      a footballIf you live for fall, and to you fall means football, then the Library of Michigan has you covered! Histories, biographies, picture books, videos.  Whether you bleed green, blue, or even plain old red, we've got something for you.  Come in and indulge your pasttime!


    If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Reference Collection!

      map from west point atlas of american warsThe Library of Michigan has a very large collection of Reference works on many subjects to suit your research needs. One great resource is the 2 volume The West Point Atlas of the American Wars by Chief Editor Colonel Vincent J. Esposito. Volume 2 is a useful resource for a history of the Great War, but also battle maps rich in detail depicting armies, troop movement, fortifications, etc.  Find it in the Library of Michigan Reference Collection, 2nd Floor North, at  Folio G1201.S1 U5.

       

       


    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • A Cure for the Common Information Void

      lm reference staffIs your report missing some statistics?  Does your boss want you to do some background reading before starting your next project?  Have you been asked to compare vehicle codes across the country, but aren’t sure where to start?  Does that grant application you’re working on have a section for your institution’s history, and until now it have never dawned on you that your department had a history?  Sounds like you have an information void.  Lucky for you the Library of Michigan’s ...


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    • Outstanding Friends of the Library Merit Award

      Did your Friends of the Library carry out an outstanding project or a number of successful activities in your community during 2015 that had a significant impact on your library’s services to the community?

      The Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML) invites Michigan Friends groups to apply for this award. There are two $400 award categories: a Friends group serving a population under 12,000, and a Friends group serving a population of 12,000 and higher. (Consult with your library director for service population information.) Applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 15, 2016. The winner will be presented with the award at the FOML Annual Membership Meeting.

    • Make Michigan a Top Ten Education State in the Next Ten Years

      The shared goal of the State Superintendent and the State Board of Education is to develop Michigan into a Top Ten education performing state over the next ten years. You are welcome to complete the quick comment form at the link above.


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