CRASE (Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events) presentation

White Pine Library Cooperative members,

Date: Wednesday May 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Plan to attend the CRASE presentation at the St Charles District Library, 132 S Saginaw St, St Charles, MI.

10:00 am – 11:30 am   Trooper Mark Burch is the speaker, from the Michigan State Police Freeland Post.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm    Adam Oster, Community Engagement Library, Library of Michigan will also present a session on how libraries can make themselves more vital to their communities.

If you are unable to attend, send staff members – even a board member or two.

Thanks to Nannette Pretzer for hosting.

Beginning Workshop May 15-19, 2019

Beginning Workshop Registration now open - May 15 - 17, 2019

Registration for the 2019 Beginning Workshop is now open! To register, visit the Library of Michigan's event registration system.

Beginning Workshop is an intensive 3-day workshop for library staff seeking a level 3 or 4 certificate. Content is geared towards attendees with little or no previous library experience. Subjects include collections, customer service, technology, library law, programming, and much more.

For details on the agenda and lodging reservations visit:

Employment Opportunity

West Branch District Library

Library Director

The Board of Trustees of the West Branch (MI) District Library is inviting applications for the position of Director.  This gem of a library is in a recently expanded and renovated 10,000 square foot building in the heart of the downtown area.  The West Branch District Library serves a population of just under 10,000 with a budget of about $300,000 and a staff of three (3) full-time and three (3) part-time employees.  As a district library, the Library is an autonomous governmental unit that has a dedicated millage.  A member of the Valley Library Consortium, the Library participates in a shared automation system using SirsiDynix-Horizon   The Library enjoys excellent community support and prides itself on a strong Friends of the Library organization, an active Board of Trustees, and a professional, friendly staff.

West Branch is located in beautiful Ogemaw County in northeast Michigan, which abounds in lakes, streams, hiking trails, and countless recreational activities.  Just off I-75, West Branch is easily accessible.

For additional information about the Library, visit  To learn more about the community, visit and

The position:  Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a Master’s degree in library science or library and information science from an accredited ALA program is preferred.  In addition, a minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in a professional library position, of which at least two (2) years have been in a position of administration and supervision in a public library, is also preferred.  The successful candidate will be a community – oriented individual who values the opportunity to interact with the public as a hands-on director; is flexible and energetic; has strong communication skills and is comfortable with public speaking; has a comprehensive understanding of library finances and budgeting; and an overall understanding of current public library operations and services.  Successful experience in working with Friends of the Library, in fund-raising, and grant writing is desirable.  A complete position description is available at,

Beginning Salary: $40,000 – $45,000 dependent on experience and educational qualification, in addition, excellent benefit package included.

Applications Acceptance:    Interested individuals should include a cover letter that specifically addresses the position requirements, a resume, and three references with contact information. All applications will be accepted until the position is filled, through electronic submission to



Job Duties:

  • Administers and oversees total library operation
  • Selects and procures materials, equipment, and supplies
  • Handles correspondence and public relations
  • Prepares bills and receipts for accountant to process
  • Prepares annual budget for library board approval
  • Prepares annual state aid report and any other required report
  • Attends monthly Library Board, VLC, and White Pine Library Coop meetings
  • Attends annual MLA conferences and other appropriate meetings / conferences as budget allows
  • Recommends policies and services
  • Oversees building / physical plant
  • Hires, fires and supervises staff; schedules and processes annual evaluations
  • Organizes collection; keeps current and in good condition
  • Oversees technology and circulation procedures; oversees maintenance of patron records
  • Helps plan and oversee library programs
  • Schedules meeting room use
  • Keeps record of memorial donations and sends formal notes of appreciation
  • Notifies library board meetings and prepares Librarian’s Report for monthly meetings
  • Oversees and assists in daily operation of library when and where needed
  • Oversees and encourages volunteers and Friends of the Library activities

Job Requirements:

  • A broad understanding of library services
  • Ability to deal effectively with officials, co-workers, community leaders, and the public with tact and courtesy
  • Bachelor’s degree with several years’ management experience required, Master’s degree in library science or library and information science, from an ALA accredited program, preferred.

 Hours:  Full- time 40 hours a week position

Salary: Negotiable depending on qualifications and education

Benefits:  Vacation, sick, personal and holiday leave.  Health and life insurance. Participation in MERS retirement plan as well as a deferred compensation plan.

Census 2020

In 2020, the Census will primarily be conducted online for the first time. ALA is providing information as the time approaches to help libraries prepare for increased demands on technology resources and staff to assist those taking part in the Census.  Below you can find some informational links to help provide background about the process and how libraries are a vital component. As training opportunities are created we will post them to the list and other communication channels.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Provided by:
Shannon White
Library of Michigan

CSLP Video tutorials for “A Universe of Stories” downloads

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) tutorial videos & slides.

Simply follow this link to learn how to:

• Create a CSLP Account
• Access the Online Manual & Make New Friends in Reference
• Quickly Download the Art Work
• CSLP can help you get a Spanish Language Early Literacy Program Up & Running this summer

Statewide Book and AV Discounts, 2018-2021

The current round of statewide discounts for books and av materials for library cooperative member libraries expires September 30, 2018.  TLN prepared an rfp to send to highly qualified vendors, inviting same to submit bids covering the period October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021.

A copy of the summary of the discounts for different material types submitted by the eight successful vendors and other discount options can be found at

  • TLN initiated the statewide discounts program in 2000.
  • The discount percentages for the 2018-2021 period are the highest they have ever been.
  • Fuel surcharges have been completely eliminated and most vendors have done away with service charges on net titles.

Thanks to TLN all library cooperatives in the state benefit!