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Library of Michigan CARES Act grants – application

The Library of Michigan (LM) is pleased to announce CARES Act grant program as part of LM’s response to the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on Michigan public libraries. The LM grant program is designed to assist public libraries in providing improved access to the Internet for their community, while maintaining a safe environment for staff and patrons. The intent is to fund one-year projects that increase public libraries’ supply of personal protective equipment and facilities supplies (Goal 1) as well as increase community Internet connectivity through the purchase of Internet capable devices, hotspots or other appropriate materials and supplies (Goal 2).

The application due date is four weeks after the EO closing libraries to public accommodation is lifted to give libraries time to get back in their buildings and assess their needs.

Applicants may request materials and supplies, and services related to either or both the grant program goals. Eligible applicants are Michigan public libraries or tribal libraries who meet the guidelines listed in the application packet. Libraries may submit one application for this program. Branch libraries may NOT apply separately.

The number and amount of grant awards will depend on the funds available and the number of applications received. For the CARES Act Grant, the grant awards will be as follows:

Goal 1 – For PPE equipment and facilities supplies and services:

All eligible requests for Goal 1 will be funded.

Goal 2 – For digital inclusion supplies and services:

  • Up to $5,000 for Class V & VI libraries
  • Up to $3,000 for Class III & IV libraries
  • Up to $1,000 for Class I & II libraries

Libraries in communities with high rates of unemployment and poverty and low rates of Broadband access will have priority for Goal 2. LM has data on these three issues and will rank applications based on these. LM will fund as many of the Goal 2 applications as possible.

The grant period will be 12 months, starting from the date of the contract up to 9/30/2021. For full information on the grant program, including the application, please go to www.michigan.gov/lsta and go to the CARES Act grant section. We encourage you to read the grant documentation thoroughly. Grant funds cannot be used to reimburse libraries for purchases made before the grant contract start date.

Question can be directed to

Karren Reish
Library Grants Coordinator
517-241-0021
www.michigan.gov/lsta
www.michigan.gov/sl21

RIDES & MeLCat Quarantine and Cleaning Guidelines

Materials delivered to your building will need some special attention for the protection of both library staff and courier staff.

These guidelines are based on CDC recommendations, and may change if those recommendations change.

Quarantine/cleaning guidelines

  • Materials –
    • Quarantine books for 24-72 hours.
      • 24 hours for paper/cardboard covers
      • 72 hours for mylar plastic covers & CD/DVD cases
    • Do not use direct cleaning products unless there is visible evidence of contamination.
    • Do not use liquid disinfectants or cleaning products on items belonging to another library.
    • UV ray exposure as a means of sterilization is harmful to materials  and is not recommended.
    • Quarantine packaging materials a minimum of 24 hours before reusing.

Question or concerns can be directed to

Sue Alt
MeLCat Support and Delivery Coordinator
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
800-530-9019 ext 143

Now Closed -Office Furniture and Equipment for Sale


Items that are currently available to purchase. There is a suggested priced listed but best offers will be considered.

Please contact Sheila Good at sgood@wplc.org if you are interested.

All items are “As Is”. You will be responsible for pickup, but not until June 2020.

Scroll over each image for details and suggested price.

Employment Opportunity

Millington Arbela District Library

The Millington Arbela District Library is accepting resumes for the position of Library Director.

Description: The Millington Arbela District Library is a Class III library serving a population of over 7,400 in the Village of Millington and Millington and Arbela Townships. Millington is a charming rural community located in the Thumb of Michigan yet conveniently located to the Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City areas. The Southern Links Trailway trail head is located two blocks from the library and brings a variety of recreational opportunities. The Village and surrounding areas have many quaint antique shops and local eateries.

The library is open 57 hours, six days a week with a staff of 9 and an approximate annual budget of $200,000. The Millington Arbela District Library is a member of the White Pine Library Cooperative.

The Board is seeking a dynamic, positive individual to lead the library. The successful candidate will be a “hands-on” administrator, be visible in the library and in the community, have a vision for library service, and have the ability to articulate that vision to the Board, the staff, and the public. Candidates will have strong technology skills and a vision for the use of technology in providing library services, be an excellent communicator, and have experience in managing and directing employees. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate customer service focus, financial management expertise, and strong Board relations. A complete job description is available at http://millingtonlibrary.info/ .

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Ability to obtain a Level 3 certification from Library of Michigan within 1 year of hire date.

Preferred:
• A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible public library experience.
• Extensive knowledge of current public library principles, methods and practices and will possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public officials, professional groups, library employees and the general public.
• A working knowledge of budget preparation, use of QuickBooks software, grant writing, and fundraising.

Salary Range: $34,000-$40,000 (depending on qualifications and experience). Benefit package includes paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and health insurance.

Contact: The Millington Arbela District Library is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2020. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to: millingtondirectorsearch@gmail.com

Outreach from MI Department of State

Michigan’s first-ever Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.


Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, district lines for political offices must be redrawn in states across the country to accurately reflect their population. In Michigan, a randomly selected commission of citizens is responsible for drawing U.S. Congressional and Michigan State House and Senate district lines. Voters amended the state constitution in the November 2018 general election to make citizens — not legislators or special interests — responsible for drawing district lines (called “redistricting”). The commission will be composed of 13 randomly-selected Michigan registered voters: four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major political party.

The Michigan Department of State is eager to engage you and your community to invite them to apply and inform them about the new free online notary services and email submission option for applications. MDS would greatly appreciate the opportunity to reach your community directly via email, newsletter, or a virtual townhall or video conference meeting.

The deadline to apply – June 1 – is only six weeks away, so we need to get the word out quickly. The current applicant pool statistics demonstrate great interest and enthusiasm from Michiganders of all backgrounds, but as you can see here there is more work to be done to generate applications from a broad cross-section of the state. 

This is an extraordinary moment for all Michiganders to get involved and ensure the fairness and integrity of our elections. MDS would truly appreciate the chance to invite your community to apply and be part of this transparent, citizen-led process.

If this is of interest to you, we would be happy to set up a call with the MDS team to discuss further details and opportunities. You can find out more at, RedistrictingMichigan.org, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @redistrictingMI.

Provided by,
Sally Marsh, Director of Special Projects,
Michigan Department of State
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

Michigan Public Libraries: Re-opening Considerations after closures during the Covid-19 Pandemic


The Michigan Cooperative Association developed a document to list considerations for libraries in Michigan when re-opening their buildings to the public.

Intent, Scope and Purpose of this document:

Intent–to identify areas of concern that member libraries may need to address when determining temporary procedures upon reopening to the public.

Scope–to consider what type and level of measures would be needed to protect the staff and the public.

Purpose–to generate a list of possible issues that a reasonable person would generally find to be of concern in the current COVID-19 work environment. The list shall be representative in nature only and is not meant to be exhaustive; the administrators of member libraries are encouraged to consult with the director of their county health department and legal counsel for further information on requirements.

View the document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vS0R2LToMYT0LF1bdzSEIJqhJfYtwR-W9D80Z90gzbPJICsa479GY6sUmpiQUxcGaLvQsy6QjWqZv6O/pub

Looking Ahead, Planning for Reopening Webinar

Friday, April 24, 1:00 p.m. central (2:00 pm Eastern)

Even as many are working overtime to provide remote and adapted services to their communities, librarians, library staff and boards are planning for reopening when it becomes safe to do so. There are many considerations, from patron and staff safety to dealing with materials, equipment, and space; from bringing staff onsite to restarting programs. Has your state established a task force or working group to launch the planning process? Join a conversation with colleagues from states across the country, share information, ask questions, hear what resources are available and let ALA know what help you need. Please register here.

This conversation is being convened by ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the Chapter Relations Office.

Megan Murray Cusick, MLIS
Assistant Director, State Advocacy
American Library Association
mcusick@ala.org