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Archive of 2013 Beginning Workshop Information

May 14-16, 2013

Shanty Creek Resorts, Bellaire, MI

Join us for 3 days of learning in northern Michigan. Past workshop participant have shared their enthusiasm for the event with many positive comments.

  • “This was an excellent workshop! Beautiful setting, great food, productive topics.”
  • “I thought the variety of topics presented was excellent.”
  • “Thank you—this was very informative/engaging. I have a lot of ideas to bring back to my library.”
  • This was a very “great workshop”—it was well organized and presented—I really enjoyed it.”

This event is geared for library staff members that have not had the opportunity for formal library coursework. Its aim is to introduce staff to a variety of topics and offer them practical skills that they can use at the desk. Anyone new to the profession or just hired at a library, no matter what their academic credentials, is welcome.

Attendance at the entire Beginning Workshop is obligatory for those seeking an initial Level 3 or Level 4 certificate. (For information on certification levels visit

The event will be held at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, Michigan May 14-16, 2013. On-site registration will be available from 6 - 8 pm on Monday, May 13 and the conference will begin with registration and breakfast on Tuesday, May 14 at 8:00 am. The workshop will conclude at 3:00 pm on Thursday, May 16. Attendees will receive 1.7 Library of Michigan CEUs.

Detailed event information can be found in the Information for 2013 Beginning Workshop Participants.

Based on feedback from previous years’ participants we have made adjustments to the schedule and type of sessions. This year we will feature three sessions with time for group work and collaboration. We will also be sending attendees some pre-event reading materials that go along with the new expanded sessions.

There will be two optional evening activities. On Tuesday evening you may join your colleagues for a scrumptious Book Tasting Party, where librarians from Kent District Library will whet your appetite for some of the tasty adult, youth, and teen titles in the literary world.  You will also have a chance to share the latest and greatest confections that have given you food for thought. 

On Wednesday evening we will offer an optional Technology Petting Zoo. Attendees are encouraged to bring a piece of technology they would like to share as well as any handouts or information from you have used at your library.

If you have questions about the event, please contact the Library of Michigan at (517) 373-1580.

Updated 05/07/2013

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