Beginning Workshop - May 12-14, 2021

Beginning Workshop Cancellation FAQ's

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we will be canceling/postponing the Beginning Workshop scheduled for May 13-15, 2020 at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit  or

If your library needs staff attendance at Beginning Workshop in order for your library to receive state aid in fiscal year 2021, please review State Aid to Public Libraries Application Process for information on submitting a waiver request. We will also be contacting libraries that find themselves in this situation and are happy to answer any questions on the certification process.

We understand that you will have additional questions concerning this announcement. The Library of Michigan is working to provide answers for you as quickly as possible. Additional communications will be provided to the Michigan library community in the coming days.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The 2021 Beginning Workshop will be May 12-14, 2021 at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. 
The Library of Michigan’s Beginning Workshop is a yearly 3-day event geared for library staff members that have not had the opportunity for formal library coursework. Its aim is to introduce library staff to a variety of topics and offer them practical skills that they can use working in a Michigan public library. Anyone new to the profession or just hired at a library, no matter what their academic credentials, is welcome to attend the event.

For those seeking an initial Level 3 or Level 4 library staff certification from the Library of Michigan attendance at the entire Beginning Workshop is obligatory. For more information on Library of Michigan’s certification program visit the Library Staff Certification page.
The Beginning Workshop is supported with funds from the Library of Michigan Foundation.
This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Beginning Workshop is offered annually each year in May. Dates and locations are announced in late summer or early fall via Michlib-l.
2021 Dates: May 12-14, 2021
2021 Location: Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI