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    • HSM State History Award logo State History Award Nomination Form Due Friday July 29 PDF icon

      Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents State History Awards to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The awards are presented at the annual State History Conference and recognize the excellence of achievement by an individual or organization in the collection, preservation, and/or promotion of state and local history.

    • workshop New & Advanced Director's Workshops - Register Here

      This year’s New & Advanced Director’s workshops will be held on September 15 & 16 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing, MI.  First-time library directors and library directors new to Michigan are required to attend one or both of these workshop.  All new directors are required to attend the New Director Workshop on September 15 within 12 months of appointment.  New directors of class 4 through class 6 libraries are required to attend the Advanced Director Workshop within 24 months of appointment. 

    • 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.

    • MeL Logo - Michigan eLibrary MeL Offers Newly-Designed Business Gateway

      LANSING – Michigan’s eLibrary, MeL.org, is debuting a newly-designed Business Gateway (http://mel.org/business) featuring a video series designed to assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing businesses. “Our library resources are providing greater customer service and helping Michigan continue to improve its economic growth,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “MeL.org’s online Business Gateway is an exciting advance in assisting Michigan’s job providers.”

    • Public Library Association PLA accepting applications for 2017 Leadership Academy in Portland, Ore.

      Kara O'Keefe/CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting applications for the PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change, Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Ore. This special event will offer intensive, empowering leadership education for public librarians who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

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    • Find Your Way to Michigan Lighthouse Materials!

      lighthouse next to a still lake on a sunny dayStill planning your summer adventures?  Why not explore Michigan’s lighthouses!  With four Great Lakes and two peninsulas, where to start?  Let the Library of Michigan be your beacon to the state's more than 120 lighthouses.  From lighthouse and lighthouse keeper history, travel guides, pictorial works, and more, you'll find it in our Michigan Collection. 


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    • ebrary Government Complete

      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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    • ALA Webinar Series on Effective Marketing Campaigns

      The American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy is offering a free webinar series designed to teach attendees how to create, market and implement effective advocacy campaigns for libraries.

      Beginning Thursday, July 14th, and occurring each Thursday through Aug. 4, the Library Campaign Training Institute will cover a host of topics, with a different focus each week.  These 90-minute sessions include:

      Part 1: Building your Base – Making the connection between program and services outreach and building a library’s base of support for advocacy.  (July 14)

      Part 2: The Best Defense is a Good Offense – Provides participants with the knowledge needed to create a campaign plan, recruit volunteer leadership and detail responsibilities.  (July 21)

      Part 3: Message, Marketing, & Media – Workshop walks participants through developing a campaign message using values and emotional branding, as well as using media to advance the message.  (July 28)

      Part 4 +5: Connecting with YES Voters + Get out the Vote – Details the nuts and bolts of a library field operation including targeting through enhanced voter files, phone banking, social media, and voter tracking.  The final portion brings the previous four sessions together with the ultimate goal of reaching “yes” voters and getting them to the polls. (Aug. 4)


      These webinars are presented by Libby Post of Communication Services, and all begin at 1 p.m., ET.

      Registration is mandatory, and attendance is limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room(s).  Visit the event page to sign up for the individual sessions today: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/library-campaign-training-institute

      This webinar series is presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by United for Libraries and the ALA Chapter Relations Office.  For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at jfalcon@ala.org.

      These webinars will be archived and accessible to ALA members.

      For more information, contact:

      Joaquin Falcon
      Communications Specialist
      Office for Library Advocacy