New Michigan COVID-19 Webpage

A new state tool shows which activities are still not allowed in Michigan due to the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders.

With over 160 coronavirus executive orders in Michigan, the new online webpage shows a chart of activities and indicates if the activity can resume or not in each Michigan region.

The site includes a map of the eight regions, revealing which phase each is in for the state’s MI Safe Start Plan.

Read the article on MLive.com

$8.55 Million in COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants Available

With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers, and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.

Learn more and apply.

Congress Introduces Library Stabilization Fund Act

ALA asks advocates to urge cosponsors for new legislation

Library Stabilization Fund Act (S.4181 / H.R.7486

The spread of COVID-19 has caused significant financial losses for America’s libraries, resulting in disruption to core library services, thousands of furloughs and layoffs. The Library Stabilization Fund Act would allow libraries across the country to retain staff, maintain services, and safely keep communities connected and informed. Introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Andy Levin (D-MI), respectively, on July 2, 2020, the bicameral legislation calls for $2 billion in emergency recovery funding for America’s libraries through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Additional resources—including a one-page explainer on LSFA, sample social media posts, and a sample letter for state and local library associations/ boards of trustees—are available at www.ala.org/advocacy/library-funding.

#MiLibSnap

#MiLibSnap

The Library of Michigan's announced the second all-state library advocacy campaign which is taking place May 22-26, 2017 with the hashtag #MiLibSnap.

You can use it in all your social media venues.

This is a national initiative of library advocacy based on data. This year's campaign has a slight twist. It's still about advocacy and it's still about data but your are encouraged to take library numbers and compare them to figures of other activities in your community.

Does your community plant a lot of flowers or trees? Drink (or make) a lot of beer or wine? Attend a lot of sporting events? Gather numbers for how many and compare them to library data such as door counts or program attendance or circulation that show your library is engaged with your community. Need numbers? Try State of Michigan websites, your local chamber of commerce, local research agencies such as colleges or universities. Get creative!

Here are a couple of examples, feel free to borrow them:

NBA #MiLibSnap 2017 NFL Michiganders checked out 1.5 times more materials than the total number of NBA, NFL & NHL ticket sales in North America.

#MiLibSnap 2017 In Ingham County last year, enough people attended library programs to more than fill the 75K seat Spartan Stadium.

Consider using action verbs in your posts such as: Serve, Answer, Engage, Link, Entertain, Teach, and Create. As you ready your comparisons, think about the distinct value that you provide better than anyone else in your community.

Consider how your library is:

  • An excellent return on investment
  • Supports strong economic development and impact
  • Provides great employment support
  • Delivers provable early literacy development
  • Serves your community with ongoing lifelong support for formal education and homework help
  • Provides affordable access to community resources
  • Serves the whole community equitably
  • Supports cultural vitality
  • Is a recognized and valued leisure activities for a majority of Michiganders

There are lots of free tools to help you with the graphics, from simple to sophisticated. Check out the list below for creating great visuals.

Word cloud tools:

  • Wordle -- http://www.wordle.net
  • Tagul -- https://tagul.com/
  • Word It Out -- https://worditout.com/
  • PowerPoint add-in

Infographic tools:

  • Piktochart -- http://piktochart.com/ 
  • Venngage -- https://venngage.com/
  • Easel.ly -- http://www.easel.ly/

Data visualization tools:

  • Gapminder -- http://www.gapminder.org/
  • Tableau -- https://public.tableau.com/s/
  • Google Public Data -- http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
  • Infogr.am -- https://infogr.am/app/#/create