2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference: April 30 - May 2. www.michigan.gov/fyanconference


The 2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort,  April 30-May 2, 2018.

Submit a proposal for the 2018 conference

Major Sponsors

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.

Attendee Information


It’s time again to nominate libraries, directors, librarians, employees, trustees, and friends of small and rural libraries for a Loleta Fyan Conference Award. Self-nominations are accepted for the Mendel award that goes to a library and it includes a cash prize! Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 to norriss2@michigan.gov or by post to Sonya Schryer Norris, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909. Here is the nomination form

There will be four awards in 2018. The categories are:

* Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award
* Trustee/Friend Award
* Patron Service Award (includes children's services)
* The June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service (this award goes to a small/rural library)

Please note that library cooperative staff and conference planning committee chairs are not eligible for conference awards. To qualify for the award the library must serve a population of 25,000 or less. Branch locations of larger libraries do not qualify for nomination. Nominations may come from a library director or staff, another library, a library user, a community business or organization, a library cooperative or a library may self-nominate for the June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service.


2016 Exhibitors


Baker & Taylor, Inc.

The Book Farm, Inc.

Book Systems Inc.

Bound to Stay Bound Books

The Breton Group

Books Galore, Inc.


Clarke Historical Library, Digital Newspapers

CoLibri Systems North America

Corrigan Moving Systems

Daniels and Zermack Architects, LLC



Foreward Reviews

Friends of Michigan Libraries

Gumdrop Books

Historical Society of Michigan

JLB Creatives Publishing

Kent Record Management, Inc.

Library Design Associates, Inc.

Library of Michigan


Merit Network

Merritt Cieslak Design, PLC

Michigan Attorney General OK2SAY Program

Michigan Humanities Council

Michigan Library Association

Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, MCLS

Sanilac Computer Products0


Total Boox

Wayne State University, SLIS