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    • The Library of Michigan is open the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Library of Michigan will be open this Saturday

      Take advantage of our Saturday hours at the Library this month. In addition to exploring our great local history resources, get caught up on celebrating the connection between animals and reading!  Join us for pet adoption on the south grounds of the library as well as storytime on the hour 11-3. See you Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm!

    • Continuing Education Librarian Continuing Education Program

      The Library of Michigan is launching a new program to support libraries' efforts to provide quality services and programming in their communities. A major element of excellent service is empowering library staff to learn and implement new skills and best practices. The new Librarian Continuing Education program helps by providing financial support for library staff continuing education.

    • Pew Research Center 15% of Americans don't use the internet. Who are they?

      MONICA ANDERSON AND ANDREW PERRIN/PEW RESEARCH CENTER: For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 15% of U.S. adults do not use the internet, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of survey data.

    • Collaborative Summer Library Program Collaborative Summer Library Program Call for Ideas

      CSLP is looking for ideas for programs and activities related to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) topics including hands-on activities, and programming for a wide range of interests, budgets, and age groups (including intergenerational) for the 2017 theme “Build a Better World.” See the link above for more information.

    • MeL In-person MeL Training with Gale and Britannica

      We have been able to put together a week of in-person training with vendor trainers from Gale and Britannica on the new and continuing resources that will begin on Oct. 1, 2015 and available in the Michigan eLibrary.  Above is the link to the locations and links to the registration page, but here are the details for all locations:  There will be 2 sessions you can choose from—9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00.  Refreshments will be served at both sessions.  You can bring a laptop or other device to connect to the host location’s WiFi or just come and take in the vendor’s presentations.


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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Boy and dog Inspiration to Read Saturday, August 8 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - A day-long event celebrating the links between animals, reading and children. Visitors may join librarian Kendel Darragh in the Lake Huron Room for stories at the top of the hour from 11 - 3. Kendel has a stack of animal-themed books set in Michigan or by Michigan authors she will be choosing to read.

      Ashley Hayes of the Ingham County Animal Shelter will have some special guests available for adoption on the south side grounds of the library.  Applications for a new family member will be accepted.

      Our animal theme continues throughout the Library.  Michigan books for all ages will be on display on the 2ndfloor and the Rare Book Room, 4th floor.
    • On the Case: Michigan Legal Materials Research for State Employees (A Four-Part Series)

      Monday August 24 - 12:00 - 12:50 - Legal information in Michigan government documents. These sessions introduce state employees with little or no background in law to legal materials most requested by those working for the State of Michigan. Resources presented are found both on the web and in Library of Michigan collections.

    • 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.

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      517-373-1300 - Still answered by a real person 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday!



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  • Local History Resources

    • fisherman carvingAngling for a little fishing?

      The lure of fishing in Michigan is as vast as its lakes and rivers. Abundant guides and lore can be snagged at the Library.  Get schooled using these links.

         
       


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

    • man searching databases(FRE)E-Resources!

      When you visit the Library of Michigan, your research can extend beyond the realm of our vast print resources! In addition to quick and ready access to MeL, the Library subscribes to numerous databases chosen to complement the focus of our other collections.  Ancestry Library Edition, Newspaper Archive, CQ Researcher  - just a few of the subscription databases available at the Library of Michigan.

          





    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Legislative History Research

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      The Michigan Legislature does not publish any record of discussions or debates, but if you are curious or need to know why a law was passed there are ways to find out. This PowerPoint is the "silent movie" version of a presentation we give to new state employees just learning about how to research legislative history in Michigan. If you would like us to give a presentation (with sound!) we would be happy to accommodate.  Call us at 517-373-0630 or drop us a line at lmlawlib@michigan.gov.

       


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  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • Continuing Education Librarian Continuing Education Program

      The Library of Michigan is launching a new program to support libraries' efforts to provide quality services and programming in their communities. A major element of excellent service is empowering library staff to learn and implement new skills and best practices. The new Librarian Continuing Education program helps by providing financial support for library staff continuing education.

    • University of Michigan Unveils State of the Art Medical Library

      BEN FREED/MLIVE: The University of Michigan is nearly ready to reopen the school's Taubman Health Sciences Library, which has undergone a massive $55 million renovation.

      The newly redone library is vastly different from its former self in many ways. For one, it doesn't actually have any books. Instead there are computers, classrooms, collaborative spaces and a virtual cadaver.


    Around the Nation

    • The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) Applauds Senate Committee Action on Public Access Legislation

      RANIT SCHMELZER/SPARC: Washington, DC –The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, unanimously by voice vote and moved it to the full Senate for consideration. This marks the first time the Senate has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research, and is an important step towards codifying the progress made by the 2013 White House OSTP Directive.

      FASTR calls for federal agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million to establish consistent, permanent public access policies for articles reporting on their funded research making articles freely available to the public no later than twelve months after publication – and preferably sooner.

    • Reach Out and Read has a Prescription for Success

      NIKKI SHEARMAN/UPNEXT - The IMLS Blog: Reach Out and Read is pleased to announce the launch of our Prescription for Success Toolkit, designed to support collaborations between libraries, museums, and Reach Out and Read program sites, natural partners that have a collective impact on the lives of young children.

    • change Libraries Transform

      SARI FELDMAN/AMERICAN LIBRARIES


      Because my grandchildren will use technologies I cannot even imagine, libraries transform.

      Because algorithms don’t inspire readers, libraries transform.

      Because solving for X doesn’t ­always give us the “why,” libraries transform.

      Welcome to ALA’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign, “Libraries Transform.”