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  • Library of Michigan Dispatch newsletterLibrary of Michigan Dispatch Newsletter, March 2015 PDF iconNews as-you-need-it from the Library of Michigan. Hear from State Librarian Randy Riley about the Night for Notables celebration scheduled for April 25th (advanced registration required), read about the Michigan Reads! 2015 book selection Do Unto Otters, Chelsea District Library's Business Leadership Award, MeL's core eResources process and how you can get involved, and learn about attending Beginning Workshop.
  • E-Rate Support for Michigan Libraries eratesupport@22itrig.orgMichigan's E-Rate Help Desk The Library of Michigan contracts through the TRIG E-Rate Activity for an E-Rate help desk for Michigan library staff. You can also follow the link above to the Michigan library E-Rate support page for referral to up-to-date information including tutorials and recorded webinars on filing Forms. Remember that the 2015 filing window has been extended to April 16, 2015.
  • Secretary of State Ruth Johnson at St. Gerard's School in East Lansing.Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

    Secretary Johnson visited St. Gerard School in Lansing on March 23, reading The Legend of Mackinac Island with 3rd and 4th graders and taking their questions. During National Reading Month in March, Johnson is making stops at elementary schools across the state to promote the importance—and fun—of reading.

  • QSACQuality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC) Celebration We'd like to congratulate Kent District Library on renewing their Excellent status and the East Lansing Public Library on receiving their Enhanced level. QSAC is a voluntary management standards program that assists public libraries by setting benchmarks for a variety of operational and service touchstones.
  • LearnAnnouncing the Early Literacy and Public Libraries - Supporting Reading Proficiency webinar April 29 at 1 pm Everyone is talking about early literacy and 3rd grade reading proficiency and public libraries are a hot spot. Join us to learn about programs, developmentally appropriate activities and putting it all into practice in your library. Anjie Gleisner of Kent District Library and Karren Reish of the Library of Michigan will be our speakers. Registration required.
Events at the Library April 11, 2015
  • Civil war re-enactorA Reading from Civil War Letters Please join fellow Civil War enthusiasts for a reading of Civil War Love Letters in the Rare Book Room of the Library of Michigan on April 11th, at 2:00 pm. This reading is hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan. No registration necessary.>   More
  • railroad tracksWaterways to Freedom: Researching the Underground Railroad in Michigan - Agenda PDF icon

    Who participated in the movement to free enslaved people?  Where did they come from?  What routes were used?  Did they ever get caught?  Geography and genealogy collided to make Michigan a hotbed of abolitionist activity.

    Join the Library of Michigan staff on April 11th to hear seasoned, Michigan based researchers discuss all of these questions.  Local area researcher, Jesse Lasorda will discuss lesser known Lansing area locations of potential interest to those studying the Underground Railroad in Michigan.  Mr. Lasorda has focused his attention on African Americans in Mid-Michigan for over a decade.

    Carol Mull is the author of the book, The Underground Railroad in Michigan and has spent her career researching, documenting and teaching the topic in the state of Michigan and Canada. Carol will explain the key variables that made Michigan a convergence site for abolitionists and those escaping captivity.  Key resources are used to substantiate this nebulous research and Ms. Mull will explain how these resources are used for documentation.

    Edwina Murphy is the Michigan Collection Curator at the Library of Michigan.  Ms. Murphy will discuss how researchers may use the Library of Michigan to begin delving into the Underground by finding leads, documenting people and property.  Library staff will be available after the session to guide attendees to the local history sources.

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Goals, Mission & Performance
  • Randy RileyThe Mission of the Library of Michigan The Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide.
  • Scorecard for the Library of Michigan (February 2015) PDF iconRead about the Library of Michigan's progress in areas such as outreach to state government, MeL, and professional development.
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