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    • Continuing education stipend program Continuing Education Stipend Program

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

    • Library of Michigan Foundation Night for Notables

      From 5:30 to 8:30 on April 1, guests will enjoy an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beers of Michigan to celebrate A Night for Notables at the Library of Michigan. As an added treat, the program’s keynote speaker is the famous Thomas Lynch, well known throughout Michigan’s vast writing community and across the country from many appearances on national public, cable and network television stations and radio. Registration required.

    • Michigan Authors and Illustrators Michigan Authors and Illustrators

      Look for non-fiction, poetry, mysteries, romance, children's books and more. You can find authors for visits. This is a great source for students looking for Michigan authors to read and for librarians or teachers. Brought to you by the Michigan Association of Media in Education, the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book.

    • QSAC - Quality Services Audit Checklist QSAC

      QSAC is a voluntary management standards program that assists public libraries by setting benchmarks in a variety of important areas. The program's goal is to provide measures for participating libraries to measure their work so they can improve services to their communities and justify their services to funders. Click the link above to see the libraries who have received certification or renewed their status in the past quarter.

    • Law books at the Library of Michigan Law Library

      From federal and state case law online to up-to-date copies of some of the most respected legal resources for attorney and layman alike to rich historical holdings, the State Law Library offers access to a collection of legal materials first established in 1828. Visit us in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the Web.


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    • Library of Michigan Foundation Night for Notables

      Date:  April 1, 2017, Library of Michigan

      Night for Notables applauds the fine work of Michigan’s writing community. It is an opportunity to meet talk with and hear from remarkable authors about their work and discuss with other booklover’s a shared joy in reading great books!

      From 5:30 to 8:30 guests will enjoy an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beers of Michigan. As an added treat, the program’s keynote speaker is the famous Thomas Lynch, well known throughout Michigan’s vast writing community and across the country from many appearances on national public, cable and network television stations and radio. 

      Register here.

    • Meridian Township 175th anniversary celebration traveling exhibit Traveling exhibit celebrating Meridian Township now at the Michigan Library and Historical Center

      Date:  March 7-30, 2017
      ​Founded in 1842, Meridian Township is situated along the eastern border of East Lansing and MSU, nestled at the heart of Michigan. Meridian Township is collaborating with nonprofits, organizations and businesses to support the dedication of preserving Meridian's history and promoting a celebration of Meridian Township’s Quartoseptcentennial - 175 years of being a Township. The traveling exhibit will be at the Michigan Library and Historical Center March 7-30. Stop in to view it in the Lake Erie Room on the 2nd floor. You can visit the program website for updates about the year of festivities.

    • jumping fish Michigan Waters

      Date: April 8, 2017

      Michigan authors William Rapai and Maureen Dunphy will be at the Library of Michigan to talk about their books on Michigan waters and islands. 

       

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    • Keep Current with the Latest Law News!

      state law library reading roomThe Law Library has a great print-based source for current awareness of Michigan legal issues, located in the Lake Ontario Room. Stroll by any time between 10 am and 5 pm for a look at the past few weeks of publications such as Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Detroit Legal News, and the latest issues of all law reviews published by Michigan law schools. It’s a great way to take an office break and keep up to date!

          



       


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    • Legislative History Research PPT icon

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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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    • Money and columns Innovation in Libraries, Micro-grants from the Awesome Foundation

      If you are interested in seeking quick micro-grant funding of $1,000 for a creative project take a look at this grant opportunity.

      Library Pipeline's Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter that will, each month, award a $1,000 micro-grant to a project that suggests creative solutions, proposes a new way of thinking about library services, and supports underserved and diverse communities.

      The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to "forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe." Created in 2009, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.

      Library Pipeline's Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter that will, each month, award a $1,000 micro-grant to a project that suggests creative solutions, proposes a new way of thinking about library services, and supports underserved and diverse communities. Grant applications due by the 15th of each month, with awardees announced by the 1st of the following month.

      "The Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Naturally, we embedded these principles into the grant selection guidelines. We are thankful for our dedicated team of trustees and sponsors who make this initiative possible."

      Award recipients are asked to report back publicly on what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned–as well as to make the results of their efforts openly available to others to reuse in communities across the world.

      Applications are constantly being accepted; please check the website details to confirm the next deadline (usually it's the 15th of each month).

      Good luck - maybe your next funder will be the Awesome Foundation!





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