- Detroit Pistons holding Library Makeover Contest
For the third year running the Detroit Pistons have teamed with Farm Bureau Insurance to sponsor a Reading Room Makeover contest for Michigan schools. "Making an impact in our community remains a top priority and what better way to give back than to refresh a Michigan school's reading room or library," said Dennis Mannion, Palace Sports & Entertainment CEO and President. Submission are due by June 1, 2015. See the Detroit Free Press story for details.
- Dig that new computer smell!
Public users are beaming as they use the new computers just installed at the Library of Michigan. Upgraded browsers and larger monitors make research and reading results a breeze! Come on in and take them for a test drive!!
- Time 4T!
MAME (Michigan Association for Media in Education) is proud to be a sponsor of the annual 4t Virtual Conference: Teachers Teaching Teachers about Technology, held on May 16-18. This FREE and OPEN conference targets K-12 teachers from across the globe to connect, network, and learn from each other about issues in technology education. And it's all online, so no need to worry about parking! Join in at www.4virtualcon.com.
- Public Libraries Supporting Legal Self-Help
Calhoun County has become the latest in a growing number of public libraries to join the Michigan Legal Help Center Network. Visitors can get help from trained Navigators in using the interactive Michigan Legal Help website to find easy-to-understand information about representing themselves in simple civil legal matters. Libraries in the Calhoun County Network include: Willard, Helen Warner, Homer, Albion District and Tekonsha Township.
- Stop in on Saturday! Spend this Saturday with our great local history resources researching your family, your community, or our state. Bring a friend and plan an exciting day of learning. The Library of Michigan is open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Connect with the Library
- Hardware Device Purchasing for Libraries Through TRIG
Libraries may purchase technology hardware through a cooperative bid put together by the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) program.
To order tech devices from the device purchasing bid, libraries will need a SPOT account. Here is an FAQ about the SPOT process. Please note that libraries will need to choose “Non-public” in the drop-down when they register as a SPOT user. This does not refer to your status as a library, it’s a field that originally applied to schools only. If you have questions or need help with the SPOT registration and ordering process, please email email@example.com.
- Purchasing is open now and extends to September 30, 2015.
- All questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full program information, please see the Statewide Device Purchasing Program website.
- Ask a Librarian Questions? Call or e-mail us!
517-373-1300 - Still answered by a real person 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday !
Send a question to email@example.com.
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.
- Detroit Pistons holding Library Makeover Contest
Learning Opportunities For You
Quick Facts You Can Use
- Workforce Literacy: Supporting Job Seekers in Your Community WebJunction webinar, May 6
- So you've got your MLS. Now What? ALCSTS e-forum, May 11
- Project Outcome: An Overview of PLA's Latest Initiative for Libraries, May 13
- MeLCat Reports webinar from MCLS, May 14
- Find Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2015 Online
- Extreme Customer Service, Every Time - self-paced online course from WebJunction
Build Your Community
- Stats you can use in your next millage The report of the week shows a Per Capita report comparing Operating Income to Expenditure and included Per Capita information on Visits, Circulation and Square Footage for Michigan Public Libraries Each week a new report will be available here, so come back often. Public library directors also have the ability to create their own custom reports using the new LibPas software. For further details contact Library Data Coordinator Joseph Hamlin at 517-373-3828 or via email.
- Library as Platform and Programming - May 8 Register now for the Michigan Library Association's May 8 program. Libraries are the catalysts for building strong communities. Whether you call it a place, platform or programming, this MLA workshop will help libraries rethink public spaces while collaborating with local partners. Learn how to do an analysis of community resources, how to find the best contacts and how to propose partnerships that strengthen patron relationships and attract new users.
Local History Resources
If You Seek a Cool Resource...come to the Library!
- Are you ready to rumble??!
Did the Earth move for you? On Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 12:23pm, southern Michigan experienced an earthquake that measured 4.2 on the Richter Scale, the second largest in recorded state history and a rare event in Michigan geological history. To read more about earthquakes in Michigan, read these documents online.
On the Other Hand: Resources for State Employees
The versatility of our Michigan city directory collection makes it one of the most heavily used resources in the Library. On any given day in the library, find a family history researcher using it to track the whereabouts of forebears, while at the adjacent table an environmental remediation specialist uses it to track land use. Our collection represents cities and counties throughout the state, with holdings dating back to the late 1800's through the present. Our subscription to Sales Genie provides online access to current Polk Directories, providing easy to search national coverage of businesses and individuals.
- State employees! Take advantage of office delivery! Use the "Request Item" link you'll find in ANSWER records to request circulating materials be sent to you via ID mail or held for pick up at the Library's Reference Desk!
- Are you ready to rumble??!
News for Michigan Libraries
Around the Nation
- Library Services & Technology Act Michigan Report for 2014 The report details the major programs and activities of the Library of Michigan and the Michigan library community for fiscal year 2014 that were supported with Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA funds. We were able to provide significant services to Michigan residents through the efforts of the library community working together with these resources.
- Think Local Authors for Michigan Notable Books! The Michigan Notable Book selection committee needs your help to find local authors in your community. Please feel free to print out and post the attached flyer in your local: library, café, brewpub, diner, and other such dwelling spots. Authors can find more information about the Michigan Notable Book program at: www.michigan.gov/notablebooks
- ConnectED Library Challenge President Barack Obama announced two new initiatives that promise to rally America's libraries, publishers, and nonprofit organizations to strengthen learning opportunities for all children, particularly in low-income communities. The plan, dubbed the ConnectED Library Challenge, will engage civic leaders, libraries, and schools to work together to ensure that all school students receive public library cards. As part of an effort to provide broad access to digital content, the Open eBooks Initiative has secured a promise from the "Big Five" publishers and a number of independent presses to provide $250 million in free ebooks to low-income students. Some 10,000 popular titles will be made available over the next three years, and libraries have joined forces with nonprofits to create an app to deliver the content, as well as material from the public domain.
- Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced. Sept 13 - 19
- We've re-booted our newsletter: LM Dispatch. Sign up to receive it bimonthly! You'll hear from the State Librarian, Michigan library success and partnership stories, news from the co-ops, budget information and more.