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• Comes a Time...

Dear friends,
After nearly ten years as your state librarian, I have decided that it is time for me to retire with my last day of work being April 30, 2014.

I do plan to continue to act upon the passion I have had for libraries throughout all of my life. I have enjoyed working with all of you and will miss our interaction. I wish you and your libraries all the best in the future. I have the utmost confidence that you will continue to provide the great service I have seen throughout my tenure as state librarian.
Respectfully yours,


• An interview with retiring State Librarian Nancy Robertson Read this interview between Nancy Robertson and David Votta, Community Engagement Librarian of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services.

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• Michigan Notable Books

Greetings to all of those using and staffing the libraries of the frozen north!

With the beginning of the new year comes frigid weather, but also anticipation of spring. The Michigan Notable Books list is regularly announced this time of year after coordinator Randy Riley and his statewide committee have read hundreds of books published in the previous calendar year and made their recommendations for which twenty to name as notable.

• Reference Guide to National Projects PDF icon A report from the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), of which Nancy Robertson is a member, on Digital Literacy, Broadband Adoption, and Digital Inclusion.

• Library of Michigan Board of Trustees We thank Bus Spaniola for his many, many years of service, and Carolyn Nash for her important contributions to the Board's activities these past years. We welcome the additions of Pam Christensen and Jennifer Crowley, and are pleased to have Kathy Irwin reappointed to the board. In addition, we also welcome Donna Hellman, designee of Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young, Jr. Donna is replacing long serving member Barbara Bonge, who has recently retired, and who we also thank for her service and many important contributions to the Board.

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• Remembering Fran Pletz

Frances H. Pletz (Fran) was born in 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. She just recently passed away at the age of 93. Fran was truly the first lady of libraries and librarianship in the state of Michigan. Among her many other accomplishments, she served as the executive director of the Michigan Library Association from 1969 to 1982 and she served on the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees from the 1992 through 2005. She also served on the Library of Michigan Foundation Board of Trustees as well.

Fran Pletz seated with State Librarian Nancy Robertson

Fran visited the Library of Michigan Board of Trustees meeting on September 12, 2012, with her son Jim who is the director of The Library Network in Novi. She was a wonderful person professionally and personally, and she will be missed but always treasured.

• Scorecard for the Library of Michigan - Jan. 2014 PDF icon Read about the Library of Michigan's progress in areas such as outreach to state government, MeL, and professional development.

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