by Randy Riley
Representing the Library of Michigan at events like the
Loleta Fyan Rural and Small Library Conference (RLC) on Mackinac Island is
easily one of the best parts of being State Librarian. The positive energy
generated from this year’s conference, held May 4-6, was re-energizing. More than 600 librarians and presenters from rural and small libraries took over the island and for a few days they were given the
attention they deserve.
Many of Michigan’s 396 public libraries fall into the
category of small or rural. They play a huge role in the communities they serve. Small and rural libraries serve not just as information
providers, they also serve as community centers. In many
places these small libraries are the heartbeat of their community. Rural and small libraries are places where staff often provide
a host of services ranging from reference desk help and holding story time to organizing community outreach activities. The daily work they do, while often unheralded, helps level the playing field for children and lifelong learners.
gives librarians and support staff a chance to network and discuss similar challenges. It also provides unique opportunities
for them to find professional partners and collaborators for projects and
After spending a few days with the conference attendees, it
became clear that we need to celebrate the differences rural and small libraries in Michigan make in their communities. At this conference we recognized the outstanding services of the Darcy Library of Beulah by bestowing the June B. Mendel Award of Excellence on this amazing facility.
This conference in a small way demonstrates the LM's commitment to serving the needs of libraries of all sizes across the
state. Hope to see all of you in
by Sonya Schryer Norris
The LM is spearheading an American Library
Association (ALA) initiative this summer called Library Snapshot Day. It’s a
time for libraries to get out and use data to
demonstrate the value and impact they have on their communities. In Michigan we’re going to share this
data via social media. Participation takes place during the week of June
You can participate one day or every day, and contribute via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest using the hashtag #MiLibSnap.
The event is scheduled after conference season and is well
situated to support summer reading participation. I suggest that you pull stats out of your
annual report or collect data such as door counts between now and snapshot
day. The objective is to share the impact of your library on your community in eye-catching ways.
Some ideas for demonstrating that impact include: Use photos of the staff and facilities to personalize and put a face on your library; promote programming activities, outreach events, author tours, genealogy, and local history resources; and use stats such as circulation numbers to make your point. Get creative. You already
know what you do best.
Check out the tools below for creating great visuals.
Word cloud tools:
Data visualization tools:
Please tag your posts with #MiLibSnap and I look forward to seeing your great posts on social media.
by Pam Christensen
It is not always easy to change gears or start a new chapter
in your life, but after 24 years as Library Director at the Peter White Public
Library in Marquette, Michigan, I felt I needed a change. It is difficult to leave a place that you
have loved and where you have found professional success and personal
fulfillment. Luckily, I found a new
challenge as Executive Director of the Superiorland Library Cooperative (SLC).
Headquartered in Marquette, SLC serves public, school/public
and tribal libraries throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower
Peninsula. I have 37 years of experience
with library cooperatives, and feel Michigan’s cooperatives level the playing
field for libraries in our state. Cooperatives offer services to libraries large and small. They assist library board members and staff
to provide direct patron services to their communities. Cooperatives leverage the buying and brain
power of their members to maximize the use of scarce resources. This is what SLC members tell me they value
the most about our cooperative. They are
able to provide services to their members because we have all banded
together. These are services they would
struggle to offer without the strength of our numbers. Use of electronic products such as the Great
Lakes Digital Library (Overdrive), Zinio, Mango and Scola is growing in our
cooperative. We continue to look for
other products that meet the needs of library customers and allow us to
cooperatively purchase resources.
I started my position at SCL in mid-December 2015. Since that time, I have been visiting member libraries to get acquainted. I think SLC has the most beautiful landscapes in Michigan - including two islands - Mackinac and Drummond. I am proud of the services SLC provides and even more appreciative of what the 42 libraries in our cooperative offer to their communities.
by Cathy Lancaster and Clare Membiela
On April 25th the LM’s Statewide Library Services (SLS) welcomed two new employees,
Cathy Lancaster and Clare Membiela.
Cathy is the new Youth Services
Coordinator, handling Michigan Reads, Summer Reading,
Every Child Ready to Read, Teen Librarian Outreach, and more. After graduating with her Masters in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) from Wayne
State University in 2003, she worked as a Children’s Librarian at the Flint
Public Library for 10 years and then spent two and a half years serving as Coordinator
of Youth Services at the Traverse Area District Library. Cathy is a member of Michigan Library
Association’s Board of Directors and greatly enjoys participating in community collaborations. Her favorite things are biking, snowshoeing,
trips to the family cottage and being on the water. Cathy lives with her dog, Stella, a
nine-year-old Labrador retriever, who is a certified therapy dog and has joined her
at the library to read with children.
As the new Library Law Consultant, Clare
will be helping public libraries understand and manage legal issues that impact
comes to the LM from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Libraries where she
had been the Associate Director for Library and Instructional Support. Clare
came to Michigan from Miami, Florida in 2003, with her husband Dan, and her
children Maddie and Collin. In Miami she worked at the University of Miami Law
Library as the Head of Reference Services. She has an Master's in Library Science (M.L.S.) from Southern
Connecticut State University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Miami, and almost
30 years of law library experience. Her favorite things are helping people
access the law, researching legislative histories, comics, costuming and all
things textiles. She is excited about, and looking forward to helping, public
libraries by connecting them to the legal information they need. Clare
lives in Haslett with her family, including her furry "child," a calico named
by Sonya Schryer Norris
Last year, Michigan libraries were invited to participate in an important initiative. The Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) program is involved in developing, issuing and
administering statewide bids for mobile devices and desktop computers.
It provides for lower purchase prices on many
products, as well as accessories and even some services such as installation. The nice
thing about this program is that it allows you to purchase off the bid and know
you’re getting a good price without actually issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) yourself.
This year's program includes brands and products such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Android tablets, iPads and MacBooks. Accessories include onsite warranty, mice and keyboards, adapters, RAM upgrades and DVD RW drives.
Last year nearly 170,000 devices were purchased off the bid. Unfortunately, libraries made up a very small percentage of this number but the savings for those libraries was substantial - $60,000.
In our January issue, Wendy Hand of Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) wrote an article about how KPL bought Chromebases last year to use as an OPAC solution. This summer she will be conducting a webinar through the LM to talk more about the device purchasing program and walk you through the steps of the ordering process.
Join us on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:00 a.m. at http://libraryofmichigan.adobeconnect.com/trigdevicepurchasing/.
I would like to encourage you to learn more about this program. If you're thinking about buying hardware this year, the purchasing window is open now through October 15th. To learn more about this program, check out the TRIG website.
by Cathy Lancaster
The Collaborative Summer
Library Program (CSLP) held its Annual Meeting April 19-21, in Salt Lake
City, UT. The CSLP is a consortium of states, founded in 1987, that
work together to “provide a unified summer reading theme along with
professional art and evidence-based materials so that member libraries can
provide high-quality summer reading programs at the lowest possible cost and to
play a significant role in literacy initiatives.”
The three-day event was full of discussion,
brainstorming and planning for summer reading clubs across the country. Some of the big decisions included:
Summer Reading 2017: the
slogan is “Build a Better World.”
- Early Lit/Youth Poster & Clipart Illustrator
is: David Macaulay
- Teen Poster & Clipart Illustrator is: Scott
- Adult Poster & Clipart Illustrator is: Larry
Overall, the participants loved the art work, finding it to be diverse and interchangeable. It will work for your library if it uses the
“building/construction” theme or even a broader, more
“improving the community” type of theme.
Summer Reading 2018: the
slogan for all-ages is “Libraries Rock!” focusing on a musical theme.
- A list of potential illustrators was narrowed
down to a top 10 of who to approach for posters & clip art, including Frank
Morrison, Brian Pinkney and Yuyi Morales.
- Chapter themes were brainstormed – I’ll soon send out a survey seeking your topics and ideas.
Summer Reading 2019: the
theme is Space (Slogan will be voted on in early 2017).
- It will be the 50th anniversary of
the Moon Walk.
- Washington DC Public Library has a relationship
with NASA and CSLP will work on expanding that relationship for libraries
across the country.
CSLP has announced the 25 winning videos from the Teen Video
Challenge for 2016. View the winning videos here.
Stay tuned for more updates on the LM’s Summer
Reading Program page, including a link to samples of the poster artwork for
by Karren Reish
The LM’s continuing education stipend program has been going for nine months now and we’ve had great participation. We’ve approved 72 applications from public, school and academic libraries around the state. Librarians and library staff attended the Public Library Association (PLA) conference in Denver and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages annual conference (TESOL). We are also sending participants to the MLA Spring Institute and Leadership Academy events. We also are assisting with upcoming genealogy conferences, the Music Library Association conference and more.
We will be sending out special editions of the Dispatch newsletter with articles from participants about what they’ve learned. Consider using this program as an opportunity to:
- Attend an in-state or out-of-state conference or workshop
- Take a webinar class through the American Library Association (ALA) or the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
- Take a short online continuing education class from a library school such as the University of Wisconsin
We are unable to fund classes leading to degrees or attendance at LM programs, but we may be able to assist with many other opportunities.
Contact us with any questions about what can be funded. Apply at www.michigan.gov/libraryce in the Library Continuing Education program section. We review applications every three months for events after the review date. You can request from $200 to $1,500. All approved amounts are reimbursed to your library after the event. Questions? Please contact Karren Reish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-241-0021.
by Edwina Murphy
Saturday, June 11
Michigan Romance Writers Panel Discussion & Open House
A Discussion with Author Beverly Jenkins
LM, 2nd floor conference room
On Saturday, June 11th, the Library
of Michigan hosts its first Michigan Romance Writers Event. It features the nationally known writer,
Beverly Jenkins. Ms. Jenkins has received numerous awards,
including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career
Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine, and a Golden
Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild. Ms. Jenkins was named one of the Top
Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th century by AABLC, the
nation's largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated
for the NAACP Image Award in Literature. Ms. Jenkins will have two books out in
the first half of 2016: Forbidden and Stepping to a New Day.
Karen Hopper, of Michigan Volumes, will
be on hand to MC a full panel of local Michigan romance writers including:
Isabelle Drake, Nancy Gideon, Loralee Lillibridge, Alyssa Alexander, Dana
Corbit Nussio, and Elizabeth Heiter.
Genre writing has a complicated history. The fist barrier to fall was the genre of Science Fiction. John Cole, founder and director for the Library of Congress’ National Center for the Book, fought diligently to have it included in the National Book Festival line up.
In 2015, after years of earnest encouragement with leadership, Mr. Cole was also able to include Romance novels in the National Book Festival celebration. For the first time, Romance writers have a spot on center stage on the national level. A great believer in all books, John Cole takes the position of first Library of Congress Historian on June 12, 2016.