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    • Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference logo 2018 2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Library Conference: April 30-May 2 at Grand Traverse Resort

      View the schedule to plan out your conference experience, see the attendee packet, and review the list of vendors for this year's premier small and rural libraries conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

    • dog holding a megaphoneATTENTION!

      We will be welcoming more than 100 genealogists to the Library on Tuesday, May 1, for a very intensive research day. We will be strictly enforcing time limits on our computers and microfilm scanners, and anticipate that our reference desks will be especially busy.  Please plan accordingly.

    • Michigan Notable Books Announcing the Michigan Notable Books List for 2018

      Food, water, and music are strong elements in the list of Michigan Notable Books for 2018, released by the Library of Michigan. “This intriguing collection of books represents a spectrum of Michigan’s people, places, and the history that makes our state unique,” State Superintendent Brian J. Whiston said about this year’s list in the MDE's press release.

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      The Library of Michigan publishes a bi-monthly newsletter containing news of interest to Michigan libraries and Michigan library lovers. There's a regular column from State Librarian Randy Riley, news from libraries and co-ops around the state about innovative programs, and updates from LM staff about LSTA, early literacy, continuing education, legal issues, events taking place at the library and more. Sign up today!

    • State Employee Resources

      Journal articles, legislative histories, statistics, literature searches: when you need research assistance, think Library of Michigan. Our team of reference librarians is at your service to provide you the information you need to complete your work. We have a long history of conducting timely, objective, and confidential research.

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    • grey fox looking skyward "In All Its Original Wildness": The Quadruped Essays of John Bachman and John James Audubon

      Presented by authors Daniel Patterson and Eric Russell
      May 12, 2018
      10:30-11:30 AM, Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor

      Less well known than the bold, hand-colored lithographic plates of Audubon's North American mammals is the three-volume work of prose essays about the 150 species depicted in the plates. The essays comprise probably the most neglected body of American nature writing from the nineteenth century. They contain accounts of natural history discovery, travel anecdotes, and a panoramic view of the relations between humans and wild mammals. 


    • Library catalog drawers Librarian Roundtable: Public Libraries with Legal Collections

      May 18
      10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. State Law Library

      Does your library have law materials? Do you have patrons who represent themselves in court, or have lots of questions and concerns involving legal matters? Join us for an informal morning of networking and discussion on the following topics:

      • How legal collections in public libraries come to be
      • Most effective materials for a public library collection
      • Development of collection guidelines for public library legal collections
      • Working with community partners to supplement your resources budget
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      governing michigan logoDid you ever wonder ‘What Every Driver Must Know’ in 1938?  Did you know that state liquor control rules once prohibited licensees from serving ‘…any alcoholic liquor unless such patron is either seated or standing at a bar or seated at a table or counter…”?  You can find these obscure facts and much more in Governing Michigan, the Library of Michigan’s digital repository for Michigan state government and legal resources.  The repository offers online, full-text access to unique and authoritative Michigan specific publications such as rules, local government ordinances and legislative history.  In addition to scanned historical materials from our collections, the Library’s efforts to preserve born-digital state government resources are also available in Governing Michigan, including annual reports, judicial and administrative law decisions, policy manuals and bulletins, etc.  The site also points to other sources of state government information online, including live captures of state ...

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    • LexisNexis Digital Library

      Discover an easy and convenient way to access legal information with the  array of law ebook titles

      LexisNexis Digital Library, a 24/7  collection of key titles  provided by the State Law Library for the benefit of our fellow state employees.   Use the Library’s resources where you need them the most at your desk or on your mobile devices.  Take a test run today! Access requires a Library of Michigan library card.  Don't have one? Apply online!

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