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    • Continuing Education July Listing of Free Webinars for Library Staff PDF iconNearly 50 online sessions to help you gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to move your library forward. Check out this list for Michigan-based as well as national opportunities. MeL-related classes and webinars are marked with the MeL logo.
    • WGVU icon Tuned into the Library of Michigan with WGVU Hear Jim Flury, technical services manager from The Library Network in Novi, talk about TLN and the Michigan Activity Pass: Exercise Your Mind and Body to Soar and Explore. Interviewed by WGVU’s Shelley Irwin. The discussion focuses on the services of TLN for their member libraries including materials delivery, vendor negotiations and a library catalog as well as the state-wide MAP program which provides free or discounted access on behalf of 400+ libraries to 386 cultural destinations.
    • QSAC - Quality Services Audit Checklist QSAC QSAC is a voluntary management standards program that assists public libraries by setting benchmarks in a variety of important areas. The program's goal is to provide measures for participating libraries to measure their work so they can improve services to their communities and justify their services to funders. The Library of Michigan congratulates 5 newly certified QSAC libraries. Click the link above to see the libraries who have received certification or renewed their status in the past quarter.
    • fourth of july Closed for the Holiday!

      The Library will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.  Normal business hours will resume Monday, July 6.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

    • School Libraries in the 21st Century School Libraries in the 21st Century The SL 21 program is a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within individual school buildings in Michigan. We are having a surge of new and renewing 21st Century School Libraries this summer! Congratulations to the nine new and renewing libraries for achieving SL 21 status in the SL 21 benchmarks program. We currently have over 100 certified school libraries in the state. For more information, see michigan.gov/sl21.

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes Fishing in Michigan: The Water Wonderland in Summer

      Saturday, July 11 - 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Library of Michigan will be hosting an indoor, bug free day dedicated to fishing in Michigan.  

      1:30 p.m. - a reading of Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes. Lake Huron Room

      2 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Fish rubbing or the Japanese art of Gyotaku using native Michigan fish models.  Lake Huron Room

      Open exhibits - Library of Michigan’s Bower-Averbach angling collection, Rare Book Room Gallery

    • On the Case: Michigan Legal Materials Research for State Employees (A Four-Part Series) Monday July 27 - 12:00 - 12:50 - Michigan court materials (includes introduction to Lexis Online Research System). These sessions introduce state employees with little or no background in law to legal materials most requested by those working for the State of Michigan. Resources presented are found both on the web and in Library of Michigan collections. Includes 20-min post-class tour of State Law Library.

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    • fourth of julyClosed for the holiday!

      The Library will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.  Normal business hours will resume Monday, July 6.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

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      Send a question to librarian@michigan.gov.

      The Library of Michigan is open Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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  • Local History Resources

    • "World's Greatest Bridge"

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      For many Michiganians, summer means a trip across the Mackinac Bridge.  Its majestic silhouette has become such a symbol of Michigan that it's hard to imagine a time without it.  In reality, a mere 58 years separate us from the days when travelers had to rely on ferries to traverse the Straits.  On a related note, prior to 1957 there were no trolls in Michigan.  Curious about the history of the Mighty Mac?   Read all about it at the Library of Michigan.


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

    • Michigan Supreme Court Records and BriefsMichigan Supreme Court Records & Briefs

      Do you have an ancestor who was a party in a Michigan Supreme Court case? The Law Library has a collection of court briefs and trial transcripts that you can use to find more background about that litigation.

      The Law Library's collection is not complete but spans 1874-2012, when the Court announced they would be available in digital format only.  They are housed in Closed Stacks at  KFM4245.9 .M5.

    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • Professional Development Lending Library PDF icon

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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 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 at www.michigan.gov/pdl!

      • 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!


  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • Contagious: Why things catch on by Jonah Berger Libraries Read: 1 Book-Live Twitter chat with author Jonah Berger Jonah Berger will be the MCLS guest for a live Twitter chat about his book “Contagious: Why Things Catch On” July 9, at 11:15 am EST at #Libread1bk. Ask Jonah questions about his principles for crafting contagious content, and how we can apply those principles to marketing our library services. July will also feature free in-person discussions of the book and “Crafting Contagious” workshops worth 2 LEUs for those who need them.
    • MLA annual conference logo 2015 Michigan Library Association annual conference registration is now open MLA 2015 Annual Conference
      October 28-30, 2015
      Suburban Collection Showplace
      Novi, Michigan

      The sessions are presented by experts and colleagues who provide current information on challenges and solutions that are impacting Michigan libraries today. Multiple programs running concurrently allow you the flexibility to tailor an education experience that meets the specific needs of your institution.

      Registration is now open.

    Around the Nation

    • ALA News: ALA releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries WASHINGTON, D.C.: Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) released a National Policy Agenda for Libraries (pdf) to guide a proactive policy shift.
    • Charleston County Council renames St. Andrews Regional Library to honor Cynthia Hurd DIANE KNICH: Renaming a library in Cynthia Hurd’s honor is a fitting tribute to the woman who loved books and serving her community, her husband said.

      “People will look up and see her name and remember her every day,” Arthur Hurd said Thursday, after Charleston County Council voted unanimously to change the name of the St. Andrews Regional Library to the Cynthia Graham Hurd St. Andrews Regional Library.

      Cynthia Hurd managed the library, one of Charleston County’s busiest branches. She was killed June 17, along with eight others in the Emanuel AME Church shooting.

    • ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and ProLiteracy receive IMLS grant to expand adult literacy services through libraries CHICAGO – ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, in partnership with ProLiteracy, has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop online training and supporting resources to better equip librarians and library staff to serve adult learners. The grant award is $106,669.

      According to the Program for the International Assessment for Adult Competencies (PIAAC), one in six American adults struggle on a daily basis to perform basic tasks such as completing a job application, understanding a medication label or reading a simple story to their children. To equitably serve adults with low literacy skills, public libraries provide a range of services, including high interest/low reading level collections, resources for test taking and educational advancement, access to technology and private spaces for one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction. Adults are visiting libraries in growing numbers to use public computers, access print and digital resources, search and apply for jobs and improve their educations. Librarians are being asked to stretch their resources, and they are responding with diligence, determination and remarkable creativity.

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