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    • side of wooden sail boat cutting through the water REWIND: A Look Back at Previous Michigan Notable Books & Authors

      2012:  John Otterbacher’s Sailing Grace: A True Story of Death, Life and the Sea

      Back in 2012, regaled us with his life-altering nautical adventure in Sailing Grace: A True Story of Death, Life and the Sea.


    • yellow hardhat and 2 screwdrivers superimposed over blueprintsWe want YOU to know about our upcoming renovation!

      The Library is excited to announce that a new look is coming to the 2nd floor service area!  As is the case with all remodels, there will be some disruption along the way as we install our new service desk.  Here are some dates to be on the lookout for:

      • September 20 - The reference desk will relocate to the south side of the Atrium for the duration of the renovation.
      • September 21 - The public computers & microfilm scanners will be down.
      • September 25 - The demolition and renovation will begin.

      Look here for any updates to this schedule.

    • Law books at the Library of Michigan Law Library

      From federal and state case law online to up-to-date copies of some of the most respected legal resources for attorney and layman alike to rich historical holdings, the State Law Library offers access to a collection of legal materials first established in 1828. Visit us in person from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or on the Web.

    • Continuing education stipend program Continuing Education Stipend Program

      The Library of Michigan strives to support libraries’ efforts to provide quality service and programming to their communities. A major element of excellent service is empowering library staff to learn and implement new skills and best practices. The Librarian Continuing Education program helps by providing financial support for library staff continuing education.

    • Twitter Join the conversation on Twitter @LibraryofMich!

      The Library of Michigan has an active Twitter presence. Check out new books coming into the library, staff happenings, Notable Book events, information about Michigan authors and Great Lakes books, Michigan history facts and figures and more. Join us on Twitter and participate in the Michigan conversation!

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  • If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Collection! UP Bound!

      book pages depicting vintage travel images of the Upper PeninsulaIf you are looking for a trip down memory lane, look no further than the Lure Book of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. These volumes are older guidebooks to the Upper Peninsula. Each county is covered with descriptions on what to do and what to see. The black and white photos provide the reader with  a snapshot in time of some of the great vacation places Michigan has to offer.



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Professional Development Lending Library

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      The Professional Development Lending Library (PDL) exists to promote career-development for all State of Michigan employees, and to support training provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission. 

      The PDL consists of printed books, audio books, e-audio books, and videos on a variety of topics including:  building trust; coaching; communication; customer service; decision making; developing a successful team; facilitating change; innovation; and managing conflict.

       Borrowing materials from the PDL is easy:

      • Scan the PDL titles for titles of interest, and use the 

        "(State Govt Employee: click here to order)" links to request items.

      • After you identify yourself with your library card number, tell where you want the materials delivered.
      • That’s it!  Your materials will come through I.D. mail.

      State employees are also welcome to come to the Library of Michigan to check their materials out in person!

Rural Libraries Conference

  • State Librarian's Excellence Award

    • Rural Libraries Conference Call for Proposals Online Submission Form

      The call for proposals for the 2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Library Conference is open through Monday, October 16. The theme of the 2018 conference is Open Doors, Open Minds, celebrating diversity and inclusion in libraries.

      The conference will be held April 30-May 2, 2018 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The conference is a specially crafted to reach the informational needs of small and rural library staff throughout Michigan. The three-day event features exhibitors, awards, keynote speakers and an array of sessions geared to libraries serving small and rural communities.

      The lead presenter of all accepted proposal will receive free registration and one night’s lodging at the Grand Traverse Resort

      If you have questions about the event or submission process please do not hesitate to contact Evette Atkin at atkine@michigan.gov.

    • Rural Libraries Conference Awards Nomination Form DOC icon

      We all enjoy the feeling of being recognized by our peers for a job well done. This is your opportunity to take a few hours between now and January 12th to put together a nomination packet for one of four awards being given at RLC 2016 in Traverse City. Please consider who you know that meets the quality of excellence in the profession. Do you know someone at a small or rural library who is a leader in our profession?  Do you have a Trustee or Friend who goes above and beyond the call of duty to promote and advance your library? Do you know a small or rural library that truly excels? We want to hear from you!

      It’s time again to nominate libraries, directors, librarians, employees, trustees, and friends of small and rural libraries for a Loleta Fyan Conference Award. Self-nominations are accepted for the Mendel award that goes to a library and it includes a cash prize! Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 to norriss2@michigan.gov or by post to Sonya Schryer Norris, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909.

      There will be four awards in 2018. The categories are:

      * Outstanding Small/Rural Librarian Award
      * Trustee/Friend Award
      * Patron Service Award (includes children's services)
      * The June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service (this award goes to a small/rural library)

      Please note that library cooperative staff and conference planning committee chairs are not eligible for conference awards. To qualify for the award the library must serve a population of 25,000 or less. Branch locations of larger libraries do not qualify for nomination. Nominations may come from a library director or staff, another library, a library user, a community business or organization, a library cooperative or a library may self-nominate for the June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service.

      Nominations are due by Friday, January 12, 2018 but we encourage you to get them in early.

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