Annual Meeting 2019

Archives of Michigan, Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist
Kris Rzepczynski is a senior archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research. Rzepczynski has worked in the genealogical community for nearly 20 years. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts degree in history from Western Michigan University. He is a former vice president of membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a former president of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.

Space Planning, Fred Schutmaat, Team Schutmaat, Inc.
Fred will focus his first session on the best use of space and talk about the different library areas (Children’s, YA, Reading, browsing, collaborative, quiet, admin, backroom, etc. ).  Size, the configuration of furniture, and shelving components will also come into play.   The second session will focus on locally available products and services that will best fit the library’s needs.  Budget consciousness will be a major part of this session. 

Making the Best of a Bad Board Situation, Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan
Clare will share helpful tips and ideas when it comes to working through difficult board situations.

Michigan Mayhem, Tom Carr
Author Tom Carr tells stories of murder, robbery, and mayhem through the ages in the Great Lakes state. Delivered in a lively manner with irreverence and historical context, the stories include crimes of passion, greed, insanity and just plain awfulness. Carr is the author of MI BAD: Robbers, Cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan’s Past and Present, the second book in the Michigan Mayhem series published by Mission Point Press.  Since his first book,  Blood on the Mitten, was released in 2016, he has told stories of true crimes in all corners of both peninsulas, in print and in person.

Registration deadline: October 4, 2019

Annual Meeting Agenda

 

 

Annual Meeting 2018

Eric Guthrie, State Demographer, will speak on changing population trends in Michigan, especially rural communities. 

Collaborators for the Future: Values, Trends, and Our Changing World

How do we think about the future? As something for someone else to worry about? As something that will happen to us, not with us? Over the past three years, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries has learned that thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to look for signals and trends outside of our immediate environments – and then think about those trends in light of our professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. Attendees will take some of the trend scanning from the Center for the Future of Libraries – as well as their own community insights and evidence – and consider positive innovations for the futures of their own libraries.

Megan Murray Cusick, Grassroots Specialist
Office for Library Advocacy
American Library Association

Conservation officer John Borkovich, author of “Wildlife 911“will speak.

Registration deadline: October 4, 2018

Good to Great: Becoming High Achieving Trustees

 

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Shirley Bruursema, Trustee Kent District Library, will review the new Trustee Manual from the Library of Michigan.

Larry Neal, Director Clinton Macomb District Library, will outline roles for directors and trustees.

Please join Shirley and Larry along with other trustees from the White Pine Library Cooperative area to discuss why your “job” is important and other various topics of interest.

Shirley and Larry are well known presenters across Michigan and Nationally for library administration, board training and millage campaigns.

Annual Meeting 2017

James LaRue

An overview of trends in intellectual freedom, and updates on a couple of our recent office initiatives. This would include running occasionally controversial civic engagement programs – where some part of the community gets upset and wants to disinvite a speaker, for instance.

An overview on “getting ready” for challenges (which policies you should have), to responding to the challenge in the moment (particularly for front line staff), to follow-up (a reconsideration process, office support if you need it).

An introduction to library privacy issues, a growing issue.

Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner through pictures and discussion show how to decide which books to keep in your library.

Author, Illustrator Matt Faulkner will speak. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

View the AGENDA for further details.

 

Zinio Presentation with Lunch

Zinio Presentation

Following the April 26, 2017 Advisory Council Meeting,
there will be a Zinio presentation.

A light lunch will be provided for those
who wish to stay for the presentation.

If you plan to attend the presentation please register
by April 21, 2017 and indicate if you would like lunch.

Please contact Bryon Sitler at bsitler@wplc.org
if you have further questions.