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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 this month!

    • MeL Logo - Michigan eLibrary Free Webinar: Tools in MeL Databases - Register here!

      MeL databases are much more than information retrieval. There are tools to help you cite, translate, save, email, even listen in Spanish. Please join us on January 25, at 3:30pm for a 30-minute webinar focused on the tools which can help your students, researchers, and community become more efficient and excel in their work. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff and other interested users. This webinar will be recorded, archived, and made available on the MCLS MeL Training & Events website.

    • Michigan Notable books 2017 Notable Books

      Here is the full list of the Library of Michigan's 2017 Michigan Notable Books. The descriptions are provided by the Library of Michigan and edited for length by the Free Press. Application for libraries to participate in author tour due by Jan 31, 2017.

    • Book with Magnifying Glass and State of Michigan Outline The Michigan Collection

      The Library of Michigan's Michigan Collection consists of current and historical materials that tell the story of our state, covering the full spectrum of the Michigan cultural experience, including local history, the lumber, mining, and auto industries, lighthouses, sports, shipwrecks, fiction, and much more.

    • ALA Midwinter 2017 logo ALA Midwinter "Kitchen Conversations" to focus on Accessibility

      As librarians, we've been mindful of making our libraries and resources accessible to our patrons with disabilities. In addition, it's important to make the profession inclusive to all library staff, as well. If you're heading to ALA Midwinter, this conference's Kitchen Table Conversations will focus on key aspects of inclusion: accessibility for people with physical, mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. All conference attendees are encouraged to take part, whether or not they use accessible services. Find schedule information and other details on the press release.

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    • Hidden Gems In the Michigan Collection - Let's Talk Winter!

      black and white cover of an old Michigan winter tourism brochureTime flies! We were all enjoying the wonderful Michigan lakes, streams, and rivers, and now it is time for snow. There are many fun and interesting reads in the Michigan Collection that talk about Michigan’s winter sports and entertainment. Sit back and enjoy them and perhaps they will inspire a winter adventure. So, take a look at the numerous Ski Michigan – Winter Sports Maps (ex: G4111.E63 1961 .M53). Or, Fall & Winter Fun in Michigan. Lower Peninsula (GV 191.42 .M5 F3 1971 ).  Two favorites of mine are: Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – Winter Sports and Let’s Go! It’s Winter…Time for Fun and Frolic. All these items and more can be found in your Library of Michigan.  

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • A Cure for the Common Information Void

      lm reference staffIs your report missing some statistics?  Does your boss want you to do some background reading before starting your next project?  Does that grant application you’re working on have a section for your institution’s history, and until now it have never dawned on you that your department had a history?  Sounds like you have an information void.  Lucky for you the Library of Michigan’s Reference and Research Group specializes in filling those.  Get in touch: 

      517-373-1300, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  You call, we answer. 

      librarian@michigan.gov – We check this inbox multiple times throughout the day.


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    • Get Personal: Early Michigan Diaries and Autobiographies

      cover page of 1881 diaryFirst-person accounts can tell us about a wide range of experiences, from pioneer to schoolmaster, schooner captain to soldier, railroad employee to surveyor. All but one are nineteenth century accounts. Together they offer a rich picture of life in early Michigan.

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    • Braille readingPassive Programming Idea

      Looking for a passive programming idea for your library this winter? Louis Braille was born January 4, 1809, and to celebrate his legacy the whole month of January has been declared as Braille Literacy Month! Why not set up a braille station for your patrons?

      The Braille and Talking Book Library can send Braille Alphabet cards that feature the letters a-z to use for this exercise. Then simply purchase a couple slate and stylus’ and set them out at your library with basic instructions on how to use the Braille Alphabet card as a reference to write their names. This is great for kids and adults alike—it is a short and fun exercise that educates the public on the basics of braille.

      If you are interested in receiving any of the Braille Alphabet cards for your location, please email Stephanie Wambaugh at wambaughs@michigan.gov

      The Braille and Talking Book Library is a free service made possible through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Patrons do NOT have to be blind to use our audio book service, and we have over 60,000 books available! For more information, please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/btbl.

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