Cybersecurity Webinar

Registration is now posted for our next Co-op Director's Association (MCDA) sponsored [free] webinar:

An Introduction to Cybersecurity and How to Begin a Cybersecurity Program
(MCDA Webinar)

- During this session, attendees will learn the basics of cybersecurity and how to protect themselves from external threats with little to no cost.

Topics will include:

Proper password hygiene and two factor authentication
Cloud based security recommendations
Information sharing with trusted third parties
Cybersecurity frameworks
What to look for in Phishing emails
Protecting sensitive data

When - Thursday, April 12th, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Who - Anyone associated with a library in Michigan
How - Register here and connect with your computer and headphones/mic or phone
Trainer - Jason Brown, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer, Merit | 734.527.7210 p | 734.527.5790 f |
1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 200 | Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Windows 10 Troubleshooting

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An extensive and comprehensive guide to troubleshooting and solving common problems in Windows 10.  From simple issues like customizing your Start menu to complex solutions for fixing the Blue Screen of Death. The guides are thorough,  easy-to-follow and supported with helpful screenshots that will guide you through every step of the process.

The guide is structured into 15 distinctive chapters – each dealing with the problems related to a specific topic and is suitable for users of all levels..

Access the Guide

2018 Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference

Location: Grand Traverse Resort,  April 30-May 2, 2018.

Attendee Registration is NOW OPEN!

Attendee Packet

2018 Preliminary Session Schedule

Major Sponsors:

The Library of Michigan Foundation generously supports the Rural Libraries Conference through administration of Loleta Fyan funds.  This project is also supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.


LM’s New & Advanced Director’s Workshops 2018

All new (or new to Michigan) public library directors must attend the New Director Workshop within 12 months of appointment.  If your new library is a Class 4 or higher, attendance at the Advanced Director workshop is required within 24 months of appointment.

New Director Workshop 

The next New Director Workshop is scheduled for the following date and will be held in the Lansing or East Lansing area: Thursday, September 13, 2018.  Registration will open June, 2018

Registration cost includes materials, snacks and lunch. The deadline for registration is 5:00PM on September 6, 2018.   The event begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45 to 9:15am on Thursday, September 13, 2018.   Sessions will conclude at 4:30pm. Attendees are invited to attend a post session dinner to network with their colleagues.

Advanced Director Workshop

The next Advanced Director Workshop is scheduled for the following date and will be held in the Lansing or East Lansing area:  Friday, September 14, 2018.   Registration will open in June 2018.

Registration cost includes materials, snacks and lunch. The deadline to register is is 5:00PM on Wednesday, September 6, 2018.  The event begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45 to 9:15am.  Sessions will conclude at 4:30pm.

Check the Library of Michigan Continuing Education Page in June for Registration Links.


For more information on the certification process, visit:

Beginning Workshop 2018

May 16-18, 2018

Location: Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, Michigan

The Library of Michigan’s Beginning Workshop is a yearly 3-day event geared for library staff members that have not had the opportunity for formal library coursework. Its aim is to introduce library staff to a variety of topics and offer them practical skills that they can use working in a Michigan public library. Anyone new to the profession or just hired at a library, no matter what their academic credentials, is welcome to attend the event.

More Details and Registration information can be found at:

An annual 3-day event held each spring for library staff without a Master's degree in Library Science. Beginning Workshop is a requirement to obtain Level 3 or Level 4 Library of Michigan certification.

RBDigital Magazines Renewal and Signup Deadline

TLN RBdigital Magazines Renewal: May 1, 2018 Through April 30, 2019

For White Pine Library Cooperative Members

RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Please let Bryon Sitler ( by Wednesday February 28, 2018 so he can let Jim Flury, TLN, know if your library plans to discontinue participation with the RB Digital (formerly Zinio) magazine collection.

Also, if you wish to join the TLN RBDigital consortium, let Bryon know by the same date.

White Pine will continue to subsidize the cost this year @ $200 per participating WPLC member library.  Contact Bryon Sitler for the pricing information

  • If you wish to renew your library’s current subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 you need do nothing. Your library will be automatically renewed.
  • If you DO NOT wish to renew your library’s current subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019, please let Bryon know by February 28, 2018. Your service will end April 30, 2018.
  • If you would like to begin a NEW subscription to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service, either at group renewal time beginning May 1, 2018 or earlier on a pro-rated basis (your pro-rated subscription would end April 30, 2018 and then renew), please let Bryon know.

Currently a total of 94 libraries (95 when TLN’s Clawson Blair Memorial Library goes live March 1, 2018) from four library cooperatives (The Library Network, Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative, White Pine Library Cooperative, Woodlands Library Cooperative) are subscribers to the TLN RBdigital Magazines service.

Your cost for the TLN RBdigital Magazines Service for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019 will be 5% higher than for the current period May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. If you need to know the current and/or future cost for your library, please email Jim Flurry/TLN at

Total checkouts for TLN RBdigital Magazines for the period January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 were 222,282. Detailed statistics for RBdigital Magazines are always available at this link: The 222,282 number is very, very close to the total dollar number that participating libraries paid for the service. The $1.00 per average checkout is in line with established parameters.

See the LIST OF CURRENTLY ACTIVE TITLES. We pay for 175 active titles. Due to the constantly changing nature of the print magazine publishing business, the “real” number of active titles in our collection fluctuates throughout the year between 175 and 180. Regardless, TLN has kept the total at, or sometimes slightly above, our paid-for-minimum of 175. When titles cease publication or cut ties with Recorded Books during the year, a replacement (or titles) is added accordingly. Thus, there is a more or less constant “refresh” of our active title collection taking place throughout the course of our subscription year. All back issues of all titles stay in our collection. The total number of titles in our collection (this total includes titles that have ceased publication, as well as those that were single issue titles) is 297.

On the “what’s new” front, two things:

  1. The old Zinio app is scheduled to be retired February 11, 2018. That date has been moved back a couple of times already. You will be kept informed of the status of this project as February 11 nears.
  2. At some point during 2018, date tbd, our RBdigital Magazines website will be redesigned. The final product will look like this but without eBooks and Audiobooks, unless your library is also a subscriber to those Recorded Books services.

THANK YOU to all of our participating RBdigital Magazines subscribing libraries.  Your cooperation and hard work has made this statewide project a great success!

If you haven’t already seen the CNET article from August, 2017.  Feel free to share it with your funding and governing authorities, too.

2017 Trustee Manual

2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

Library of Michigan Statewide Library Services is excited to announce the release and posting online of :

The 2017 Michigan Public Library Trustee Manual

"The Library of Michigan is pleased to furnish public library trustees with resources to help support them in their work. While articles for trustees are intended to be as accurate as possible, the information here may be superseded. Please contact your attorney with specific legal questions."

Full Body Storytime & Ready to Read Webinars

Reach up high and touch the sky...Reach down low and touch your toes!

Best Storytime Practices a webinar series with Jenifer Strauss continues:

  • Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm EST

    Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
    I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
    The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
    The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)
  • Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm EST
    Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.