Library of Michigan
The Library of Michigan Dispatch is the Library of Michigan's bi-monthly newsletter. It is a digital publication that began its new run in the winter of 2015. We welcome you to join us and receive each issue as it is released. You'll hear from the State Librarian, Michigan library success and partnership stories, news from the co-ops, budget information and more. Our theme for 2020 is Community Engagement.
Michigan libraries are resilient! And we continue to serve our communities even when our doors are closed. Hear from: Baldwin Public Library who used their Idea Lab to print masks for health professionals and first repsonders; Cadillac-Wexford Public Library who maintained their mission of providing local information with a website full of community-specific COVID helps; the Library of Michigan Save Your Story project to document this time; and more.
Our 2020 theme is Community Engagement; hear from Kalamazoo Public Library, Delta Township District Library, and Superior District Library as well as news from the Library of Michigan including Ready to Read Michigan and Michigan Notable Books announcements.
RLC Awards Nomination form; Creating a Local Materials Collection Guide; early literacy kits; two new co-op directors; LSTA grantees; and more.
MeLCat search widgets; Library Lovers in Caton, escape rooms; STEAM kits; call for proposals now open for the Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference 2020; Museum on Main Street, Rabbit Island arts & ecology program in partnership with Portage Lake District Library, and more.
PebbleGo is added to MeL on August 1; NARCAN legislation; successful school-library partnerships; a pay-it-forward coffee bar at Superior District Library; and more.
Copyright law; Social Justice story time at the East Lansing Public Library; Part II of Caro Area District Library's Children's Programming advice; public library services grants announced; LM as a community hub; upgrades to MeL; and more.
Michigan eLibrary (MeL) early literacy RFP, two new programming articles by Michigan librarians, a generous financial contribution to the Public Libraries of Saginaw from Consumers Energy, LM receives a gift from the Michigan Political History Society, and more.
New year, new ways to engage with your community; 2019 is the year of programming in the LM Dispatch; Michigan Notable Books, two new MeL engagement specialists.
Policies on library surveillance cameras, low-tech ways to raise funds and provide a legacy opportunity for your community, a tweens bookclub, Ready to Read Michigan 2019.
Two items in the tech corner: library security cameras and Security Information and Event Management System Alien Vault, a Library of Things, Michigan Legislative Biography database now available, library science collection from the LM.
New suite of MeL databases, NASA @ My Library, Braille Storywalks, Tech Corner, Introducing Liz Breed, new MeL Coordinator and Carol Dawe, new director of the Lakeland Library Cooperative
Announcing the 2018 LSTA grantees, Millennials on library boards, Clarkston Independence Township Library gets a coding grant, Part I about Kalamazoo Public Library's experience building a staff Intranet.
We introduce a new feature column: Tech Corner; Hart Area Public Library discusses registering migrant community members for seasonal library cards; and inviting animals into the library for programs as well as policies around emotional support animals.
Introducing Tim Gleisner, new head of Special Collections. Introducing Joe Polasek, new E-Rate Coordinator at the Department of Education. New software for grants management. Ukelele lending program and more!
A Harwood success story, going out to bid for the MeL database suite, Narcan in public libraries, United for Libraries at the Tecumseh District Library, Public Libraries of Saginaw receives 2017 State History Award and more.
Northfield Township Library sponsors a Little Free Pantry, Ray Township receives a construction grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Montmorency County Libraries provides art instruction in the schools, Sanilac District Library provides library service in area schools and more.
State Librarian's Excellence Award, TV White Space, the University of Michigan joins MeLCat, MLA launches Interest Groups, the MCLS 1 Book program and much more.
National Library Legislative Day, Ploud websites for small and rural libraries, Digital Public Library of America and littleBits STEAM programming.
Night for Notables, #MiLibSnap year two is May 22-26, 2017, You Say It How? in Michigan, continuing education opportunities, Alpena County Library receives a grant and more.
Michigan Notable Books, Michigan Reads! 2017 title announced, taking advantage of the continuing education grant program, a statewide library use survey and more.
#TurningOutward, the MeL business portal, a continuing education grant opportunity, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Letters About Literature, the Libraries Transform campaign at the Ferndale Area District Library and more.
Model 21st Century Library program, a time capsule in the U.P., discovering cultural heritage along US 23, welcome to MeL teachers, archaeology day at the Michigan Historical Museum and more.
StoryCorps at the Flint Public Library, Summer Reading success at the Livonia Public Library, the demo site program from the Braille and Talking Book Library, New and Advanced Directors workshop registration and more.
Darcy Library of Beulah Wins June B. Mendel Award for Excellence in Rural Library Service, TRIG device purchasing webinar announced, two new staff members at the Library of Michigan and more.
Larry Neal talks about Clinton-Macomb's ConnectED success, Denise Hooks shares the Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative's experiment with a shared 3D printer, introductions from two new staff members at LM, state librarian Randy Riley talks about the Flint Water Crisis and more.
The Michigan Notable Books for 2016 have been announced! Every Child Ready to Read is announced and the laws about service animals is changing. Also, lots of great stories about library success and collaboration stories across Michigan libraries large and small.
Learn about how your library can benefit from the statewide membership in ALA's United for Libraries, read about the dates of the MeL server move, continuing education stipends, the upcoming Every Child Ready to Read program and partnership stories from libraries and organizations around the state.
Make the Library of Michigan a part of your new school year, submit those summer reading statistics, hear from an exchange librarian about her month in South Africa, learn about how Friends and Trustees in Michigan will soon have the resources of United for Libraries available to them, a call for presentations for Rural Libraries Conference 2016 and more.
Read about the new CE Scholarship program, the new contract for core MeL databases set to go into effect on Oct. 1, an independent summer reading program from the Traverse Area District Library, the LM newspaper collection and more!
Hear from State Librarian Randy Riley about National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., celebration stories from the Detroit Public Library and the East Lansing Public Library, a shout-out in the area of community outreach to the Capital Area District Library, information about becoming a district library, and more.
Hear from State Librarian Randy Riley about Night for Notables at the Library of Michigan, the selection of this year's Michigan Reads! title Do Unto Otters, a success story from the Chelsea District Library, Beginning Workshop registration information and more.
Hear from State Librarian Randy Riley about the MeL core resource RFP process, the Notable Books author tour, advocacy news from Denise Hooks, president of the co-op directors association, a millage success story from the Redford Township District Library, and more.