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      Initially inspired by the Library's historical newspaper clippings, we wanted to bring the events of the state to social media. With our focus on what's happening in Michigan and statewide library services we felt that Facebook would be an expedient avenue with which to circulate news and events. Join us!

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      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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      We produce a bimonthly newsletter with columns, features and stories about happenings at the Library of Michigan, success and collaboration stories from co-ops and libraries around the state and items of interest to Michigan library staff. Sign up at the link above to receive this free eNewsletter. The next issue comes out the last week of May!

    • man with hands on head looking at overwhelming maze Who moved my film??!

      We did, and we apologize for the inconvenience! Please bear with us as we juggle our newspaper microfilm collection to accommodate construction needs. For the next month, film will be hard to find, or in some instances, completely inaccessible. Please call ahead for the latest information on specific titles.  517-373-1300.

    • State Librarian's Excellence Award State Librarian's Excellence Award 2016 PDF icon

      The State Librarian’s Excellence Award recognizes a Michigan Library that best exemplifies excellence in customer service. Roger Mendel will sponsor the $2,000 cash prize awarded to the winning library. The Foundation is pleased to announce this year that the Citation of Excellence Award amounts have increased from $500 to $1,000. Two runners-up will be recognized with a Citation of Excellence. We hope you will consider nominating your library this year! The criteria is described on the nomination form linked above. The deadline for nominations is August 19, 2016. Winners will be announced at the State Librarian’s Luncheon on Friday, October 28, 2016, during the 2016 Michigan Library Association Annual Conference in Lansing.

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    • Lansing's Be a Tourist in Your Own Town event logo Be a Tourist in Your Own Library!

      Date:  June 4, 2016  
      Time:  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

      Michigan Library and Historical Center, Rotunda

      If you are out making the Be a Tourist in your own Town rounds on Saturday, June 4, be sure to get your passport stamped at the Michigan Library and Historical Center.  In addition to activities offered by the Museum, the Library of Michigan will be hosting a Make a Big Nose Monster Bookmark booth.  It's all happening in the Rotunda.

    • Michigan romance author Beverly Jenkins Michigan Romance Writers Author Event with Beverly Jenkins and Others

      Date:  June 11, 2016  
      Time:  12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 

      Library of Michigan, 2nd floor conference room

      Michigan Romance Writers Panel Discussion & Open House 12:30—1:15

      A Discussion with Author Beverly Jenkins 1:30—2:30

      On Saturday, June 11th, the Library of Michigan will host its very first Michigan Romance Writers Event. It will feature the nationally known writer, Beverly Jenkins. Ms. Jenkins has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently ...

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      The Best Buy Foundation will donate Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.

      Examples of program activities include:

      • Computer programming
      • Digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography)
      • Music production
      • Robotics
      • Gaming and mobile app development

      Community Grants are designed to support local efforts and are reviewed for consideration by Best Buy teams across the nation. The average grant amount is $5,000 and will not exceed $10,000.

      Follow this link for the application and more information.


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      ebrary government complete title screenState employees, your Library of Michigan library card is now your passport to great e-reading! Tap into thousands of  ebooks wherever you may be.  ebrary Government Complete is a one-stop source for scholarly books in subject areas geared to complement the work of state employees.  Log in and create an account with  your LM library card and see all that ebrary has to offer.  Questions?   We'd be happy to help!  Need a library card?  Apply online! (State employees only, please. Members of the public may enjoy Government Complete when they visit the Library.)

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    • social media Library Snapshot Day June 13-17

      The Library of Michigan is spearheading an American Library Association (ALA) initiative this summer called Library Snapshot Day. It’s a time for libraries to get out and use data to demonstrate the value and impact they have on their communities. In Michigan we’re going to share this data via social media. Participation takes place during the week of June 13-17. 

      You can participate one day or every day, and contribute via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest using the hashtag #MiLibSnap.

      The event is scheduled after conference season and is well situated to support summer reading participation. We suggest that you pull stats out of your annual report or collect data such as door counts between now and snapshot day. The objective is to share the impact of your library on your community in eye-catching ways. 

      Some ideas for demonstrating that impact include: Use photos of the staff and facilities to personalize and put a face on your library; promote programming activities, outreach events, author tours, genealogy, and local history resources; and use stats such as circulation numbers to make your point. Get creative. You already know what you do best.  

      Check out the tools below for creating great visuals.

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      Please tag your posts with #MiLibSnap and we look forward to seeing your great posts on social media.