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    • Library of Michigan Reference and Research staff State Employee Resources

      Journal articles, legislative histories, statistics, literature searches: when you need research assistance, think Library of Michigan. Our team of reference librarians is at your service to provide you the information you need to complete your work. We have a long history of conducting timely, objective, and confidential research.

    • Business Decision MeL Business Decision from CivicTechnologies - Register here for a Free One-hour Webinar

      CIVICTechnologies has scheduled several BusinessDecision overview sessions on October 15 and November 4 and 16.  BusinessDecision, a Michigan eLibrary resource, is a database and reporting tool available at no cost to all Michigan residents.  With BusinessDecision, small businesses and entrepreneurs can find new customers, evaluate potential store locations, focus direct mail and media buys, evaluate business potential, and develop business marketing, and sales plans.

    • Family MeL Genealogy Resources - Register here for a Free Webinar

      Join us on October 28 at 9:30 am for a free, brief, half-hour webinar. Learn about the large genealogy database resources available in MeL, as well as unique items held by the Library of Michigan and State Archives. As a collaborative project, staff from both the Library of Michigan and the State Archives will present. Their expertise will assist you in providing the best genealogy tips and resources available in the state to your patrons.

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      Initially inspired by the Library's historical newspaper clippings, we wanted to bring the events of the state to social media. With our focus on what's happening in Michigan and statewide library services we felt that Facebook would be an expedient avenue with which to circulate news and events. Join us!

    • United for Libraries FREE Webinar: Broadening the Scope of Small/Mid-Sized Library Foundations

      Tues., Oct. 13 from 2-3 pm by United for Libraries, a Division of ALA.
      Did you think library Foundations were really only for large libraries?  Think again – library Foundations have become increasingly important for libraries of all types and all sizes. In fact, mid-sized and smaller libraries are finding ways to partner with library staff to create greater community awareness and engagement in the library’s financial future.  To learn more about how working with a library Foundation can benefit your library, join us!

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    Upcoming Events at LM

    • Menacing Michigan: If You Seek a Scary Peninsula, Look Over Your Shoulder - October 30th, 5:30 - 8:00

      Bradley Mikulka, Ghost Hunting in Michigan
      6:30 – 8:00 P.M. Lake Michigan Room, 3rd floor
      Follow along with one of the oldest ghost-hunting groups in Michigan: the SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (SEMGHS). Journey through 13 investigations of cemeteries, a comedy club, library, business, hotel, theater, private home, and an old prison. If you have ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt, but found that you were too afraid, it’s time to put yourself right in the middle of some of the most haunted locations in Michigan. Read this book if you dare, but do so with the lights on!

      Before They Were Dead: Researching the Living at the Library of Michigan
      5:30 – 6:30, Lake Michigan Room

      Click on the title to read full program descriptions

    • lansing photography exhibit From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography

      Treat yourself to a photographic journey through Lansing’s past!  The Historical Society of Greater Lansing and the Library of Michigan are sponsoring “From Sepia to Selfies - 150 Years of Lansing Photography”, running now  through November 30, located on the Library’s 4th floor.  Also featured is a major exhibit on loan from the Clark Library at Central Michigan University which focuses on the history of photography as seen through its many photographic processes.  Enjoy any time during library hours.

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      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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    • Pew Internet News in the Numbers Pew study affirms vital role of libraries

      NANCY GRAVATT/DISTRICT DISPATCH: Libraries are transforming amidst the changing information landscape and a report released this week by the Pew Research Center, Libraries at the Crossroads, affirms the evolving role of public libraries within their communities as vital resources that advance education and digital empowerment.

      “Public libraries are transforming beyond their traditional roles and providing more opportunities for community engagement and new services that connect closely with patrons’ needs,” ALA President Sari Feldman said. “The Pew Research Center report shows that public libraries are far from being just ‘nice to have,’ but serve as a lifeline for their users, with more than 65 percent of those surveyed indicating that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community."


  • Local History Resources

    • Governing Michigan

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      The Library of Michigan's Governing Michigan website provides free online access to state doccuments. Already valued by the legal research community for its on-the-spot access to content llike bill analyses and case law, its scope is expanding to include Michigan Regional, Local, and Tribal Government collections. Be sure to bookmark this treasure trove of Michigan information.

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

    • Hidden Gems - In the Michigan Reference Collection!

      amc pacer from Wards Automotive catalogAre you looking for information on the auto industry? Look no further than Ward’s Automotive Yearbook. You can find vehicle sales and production numbers along with a host of other information: operating costs, fuel consumption, automaker revenue, as well as photographic documentation of car models.  It would be a shame to lose track of what the Pacer looked like... 



    On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees

    • library of Michigan library card What's in YOUR wallet??

      Of course we hope you already have your Library of Michigan library card, but for those of you who don't, wait no longer!  Take advantage of our online application.  We'll have your account set up and ready to go before you can say Stevens T. Mason! (Well, maybe not THAT fast, but we do strive for efficiency.)



In the Know

  • News for Michigan Libraries

    • MeL logo, Michigan eLibrary Changes to MeL Effective Oct. 1

      As hopefully most of you know the Library of Michigan issued an RFP earlier this year for core subscription content for MeL. The process is detailed at, http://michigan.gov/2015melrfp. On October 1st, the subscription eResources (aka databases) will change. At the link above you will find what is leaving, what is new, and what is staying on. If you link to specific MeL databases on your library’s website, please make changes accordingly. We will also be getting new eBooks for MeL’s general GVRL Collection. Information on that will be sent in a separate email/posting.  If you have any questions on the content, please let me know. If you have any support or implementation questions, please contact:  meldatabaseshelp@mcls.org.  Please share with your staff and/or colleagues/members.

    • MSU Libraries Webinar Series Related to Accessibility and Inclusion - RSVP Form

      The Michigan State University Libraries is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 3-part webinar series related to accessibility and inclusion on October 7, 14, and 28 in the Reference Instruction Room in the Main Library. The webinar series, offered by the American Alliance of Museums and supported in part by a grant from the Institution of Museum and Library Services, is titled: Stories of Inclusion: Inclusive Practices at Cultural Institutions and will feature relevant topics for libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions. The schedule for all three webinars is as follows: 1:30-2:00pm: registration/networking, 2:00-3:30pm: webinar, 3:30-4:30pm: post-webinar discussion.

      You can read more about the webinar series here:

      There is NO cost to attend this webinar in-person at the MSU Libraries.

      Please RSVP using the online RSVP form above, selecting the East Lansing/Michigan State University Libraries location. 

      You can choose to attend one, two, or all three webinars in the series.

      Please direct questions to MSU’s Heidi Schroeder at hschroed@msu.edu.

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