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Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference

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The 2014 Rural Libraries Conference will be held April 30-May 2 on Mackinac Island. This will be the event's 28th year! Rural Libraries Conference is a specially crafted conference whose goal is to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff members from every area of Michigan. The three day conference features vendors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions all geared to rural and small libraries.

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Attendee Information

Full Conference Program- view the printed program, including information on speakers, room locations and exhibitors.

Overflow Lodging Options - options provided by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.

Attendee Information Packet - all you need to know about the event.

Program at a Glance - review session titles and times. 

Complete List of Sessions and Descriptions - full session descriptions with presenters, times, days and tracks included.

Optional Tours - attendees and guests have the opportunity to take part in optional carriage and trolley tours on their own.

Shepler's Ferry Schedule - please review the ferry schedule before making travel plans.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

2014 Rural and Small Libraries Conference Exhibitor Packet - includes details on how to register as an exhibitor for the event as well as sponsorship opportunities. We hope to see you on Mackinac Island this spring. Please see page three for recommendations for transporting materials to the event.


2014 Sponsors - the following organizations have provided sponsorships for the conference through the Library of Michigan Foundation.

Library of Michigan Foundation
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, MCLS
Emery-Pratt Company
Kaplan Early Learning Company
Enfold Systems


2014 Exhibitors

Baker & Taylor, Inc. Biblionix
Connect Michigan Friends of Michigan Libraries and Trustee Alliance
The Library Network Leedy Architects
Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture The Book Farm, Inc.
TEI Landmark Audio Merritt Cieslak Design
Historical Society of Michigan HYPE - the Detroit Public Library Teen Center
Colibri Systems North America Book Systems Inc.
World Book Sebco Books
ABDO Library of Michigan
Michigan Department of State Scholastic Library Publishing/Capstone Publishing
Library Design Associates TLC - The Library Corporation
Corrigan Moving Systems Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science
Merit Network Midwest Collaborative for Library Services: MCLS
Michigan Humanities Council Emery-Pratt Company
Clarke Historical Library/CMU National Network of Libraries of Medicine/GMR
Wolters Kluwer Quinn Evans Architects
Kaplan Early Learning Company AWE Digital Learning Solutions
Books Galore Inc.  


Two award programs are available during the Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference. The Small/Rural Library Excellence Award provides a cash award of $1,000 to the library that exemplifies excellence in customer service and community involvement. This award is sponsored by the Roger and June Mendel Fund. The Loleta Fyan Small/Rural Libraries Conference Awards provide recognition for the following categories: Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian, Trustee/Friend, and the Patron Services.  Past recipients are towards the bottom of this page. Nominations are due by February 15, 2014.

Logo Design Contest 

Congratulations to Rachael Birgy, the Youth Services Director, from Kalkaska County Library in Kalkaska, Michigan! Rachael's design was chosen as the logo for the 2014 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference. We will feature Rachael's design on our printed program, bags, and website. Thanks to all the creative library staff from throughout the state that submitted designs for this year's contest. Rachael wins a complimentary registration for the conference for designing the winning logo this year. 

2014 Steering Committee members:

Technology - Trixie McMeeking
Awards - Natalie Bazan
Vendors - Sara Morrison and Angela Semifero
Hospitality - Glenda Middleton
Registration - Irene Bancroft
Local Arrangements - Jolene Michaels

Past Event Information:

Award Winners 2012

Trustee/Friend Award

Joan Shively friend of the Alcona County Library

The Trustee/Friend Award is given to a trustee of friend of a library for distinguished service to small/rural library development on the local, state, regional or national level. The 2012 recipient, Joan Shively friend of the Alcona County Library, works tirelessly for the greater good of her library. In addition to organizing, publicizing and scheduling volunteers for the Friends of the Library book sales, Joan actively seeks out staff input on items to be purchased with funds raised, items that would really be appreciated by patrons and staff. The Library hosts regular art shows to highlight local artists throughout the year. Joan prepares a special reception for each artist or artist group. Through her efforts she conveys honor and respect to each artist and a warm welcome to each attendee. Besides providing desert for the monthly book club meeting, she supervises the set up and cleanup for each meeting. Joan participates in the annual Youth Art Parade to kick off the summer reading program and volunteers her time to maintain and weed the Library's Children's Garden. With her assistance on the application process, the garden became a certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Joan is warm and welcoming to Library patrons and is crucial to making the relationship between the Library and the Friends Group cooperative, efficient and enjoyable. Joan has a positive attitude, can do spirit and she never misses an opportunity to tell people how wonderful her local library is.

The Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award

Virginia Woods Roberts and members of her Board of Trustees

The Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award recognizes a librarian who is an outstanding leader in the profession, has made a significant contribution to his or her library and has invested him or herself in efforts to bring about positive change in the small/rural library community. The 2012 recipient, Virginia Woods Roberts former director of the Suttons Bay-Bingham District Library, met the criteria and more. Working with limited financial resources and only two part time employees, this individual has made her library a vital part of the community. She consistently looks for ways to improve and enhance library services for the benefit of the public she serves. Recently Virginia oversaw extensive renovations to the library resulting in a more efficient layout of the facility. She has coordinated numerous programs in the past year including but not limited to Wiggle Story Hour, Investor Education in Your Community Classes, Invasive Species in Your Back Yard, Summer Reading Program, Internship Training for Volunteers, National Gaming Day at Your Library and in conjunction with the County Commission on Aging, the Library on Wheels program serving home bound seniors. Under her leadership, the library has reached out and offered assistance to other community organizations. Virginia has helped teachers in the local school district locate resources to support their curriculum when a lack of funding precluded the district's ability to provide the materials. She has increased services to the neighboring tribal community with weekly reading programs and language assistance and has submitted an assessment and recommendation for the Grand Traverse Band Heritage Library that will be key to future funding and partnerships between the two organizations. With limited financial resources this individual is actively and constantly researching grant opportunities. Within the past year she had written and submitted the following grants to help support the Library's operating budget:
*Suttons Bay-Bingham Fund for the Summer Reading Program, audio books and shelving
*Oryana Grant Proposal for children and young adult programming
*Grand Traverse Regional Foundation Internship Program for summer intern
*Rural Development for capital works
*Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians 2% grants for shelving and wiring of computers
*Dollar General for pre-loaded children's computer
*Leelanau Commission on Aging for support of the homebound delivery service
*Building Common Ground Grant from the American Library Association to get speaker and author Kelsey Timmerman, Where am I Wearing
*Grand Traverse Regional Foundation Focus Fund for additional renovation costs
*Suttons Bay Arts Festival for art related library materials Under her direction the Library meet the "Essential" and "Enhanced" levels of QSAC at virtually the same time. One letter of support from a fellow librarian stated, "I know many librarians that do the things she does. I know none who does ALL the things she does or who does them with her ability."

Small/Rural Library Excellence Award, Sponsored by the Roger and June Mendel Fund

Awarded to the Wolverine Community Library

Wolverine Community Library

The Wolverine Community Library is well-deserving of the Small/Rural Library Excellence Award for its impressive service to its rural community. The Wolverine Community Library meets the needs of its patrons despite many obstacles, including no school libraries in the library service area and 77% poverty level in children. To supplement its low resources, the Library has formed successful partnerships to serve the needs of their community.

The Library of Michigan Foundation generously supports the Rural Libraries Conference through administration of Loleta Fyan funds.  This project is also supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Updated 02/10/2014

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