The ABC’s of Q & A


Thinking Like a Journalist to Tell Your Community’s Story

Jeff Milo has been working in libraries since he was a teenager. His degree is in Journalism from the MSU School of Communication and Media, and for the last 16 years, he’s been a reporter-at-large for several publications including the Detroit Free Press, Paste Magazine, the Ann Arbor Current, the Detroit Metro Times, and on-air for WDET. Since 2010, he has been a Circulation Specialist for the Ferndale Area District Library, where his responsibilities have expanded into social media content production, program coordinating–including live music, and leading the library’s Art & Exhibition Committee. At the end of 2019, he started hosting and producing episodes for the library’s new podcast, “A Little Too Quiet”. 

Registration deadline: October 12, 2020

This Zoom sessions is planned to last 1 hour.

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

“Ask the Attorney” with Anne Seurynck

 

Attorney Anne Seurynck of Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC answers your library-related legal questions. 

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin Law School, Anne has extensive experience in drafting and reviewing ordinances and policies, serving as general counsel, counseling clients on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act issues, and working with communities on millage and Michigan Campaign Finance Issues. Anne also has an expertise in library law which we know about due to her connection to the Library of Michigan and the COVID inspired Director Meeting Fridays. 

 
Questions should be submitted to kvanauken@wplc.org by Friday, October 2. 

Registration deadline: October 5, 2020

This Zoom session is planned for 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions/answer time.

You will be sent the Zoom link with your registration confirmation.

Rural Libraries and Digital Inclusion: A Tale from a Small Town in Texas


Dianne Connery is the Library Director of the innovative Pottsboro Area Library in Pottsboro, Texas, a community 80 miles north of Dallas with a population of 2,300 people.  Dianne was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to this rural community ten years ago. On the verge of closing its doors, she led a group of dedicated volunteers who transformed this library into the vibrant community hub it is today. She is passionate about the role of rural libraries and a huge proponent of digital inclusion.  Dianne will share some of the programs she has initiated, like esports competitive gaming, and how she is getting WIFI to places in need in her community. 

Registration deadline: October 19, 2020

Each Zoom session should last about 1 hour

You will be sent the Zoom link in the registration confirmation.

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