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State Librarian Randy RileyState Librarian Randy Riley

Randy Riley has been named as the next State Librarian upon the retirement of Nancy Robertson on April 30th. Riley has 24 years of broad experience at the Library of Michigan and coordinates three prominent programs: the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), the Michigan Notable Books program and the Michigan Center for the Book.

He played an integral role in partnering with the Archives of Michigan in the creation of the SeekingMichigan website and the addition of over a million death records to this free eResource. He has served as the editor of the Michigan Genealogist eNewsletter and has developed and presented seminars and workshops nationally. Riley has also worked as a reference librarian, Michigan Selector and Michigan and Genealogy Special Collections Coordinator at the Library of Michigan. In 2010 Riley received the Filby Award, presented to the leading family history librarian in the country.

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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.


Additional Information from the State Librarian

• Scorecard for the Library of Michigan - July 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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