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Library of Michigan announces a new LSTA Grant Program
08/29/2016
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Library of Michigan announces a new LSTA Grant Program

Karren ReishThe Library of Michigan is pleased to announce a new Library Services & Technology Act grant program. The grant program is designed to provide Michigan libraries with the opportunity to develop innovative programs or services that have the potential to develop into sustainable regional or statewide programs, and include strong partnerships between libraries, and/or community groups or agencies.

Applicants may propose a library program or service in any content area appropriate for library services, such as:

· To develop an innovative service or program to meet a newly identified community need;

· To meet the increased community demand for a service or resource;

· To improve or develop new services to target populations, such as people from diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and individuals with limited functional literacy, limited English proficiency or limited information literacy skills.

The grant program is competitive. The grant period will be from one to three years and funding will be for $50,000 to $225,000 per year up to a possible total of $500,000 over three years. Applications will be reviewed by the Library of Michigan staff and the LSTA Advisory Council as peer reviewers. No more than ONE to THREE grants will be approved.

Eligible applicants include Michigan public, academic, school and special libraries as well as non-profit statewide organizations that serve Michigan libraries. Detailed information on the grant program, including the program timeline, applicant eligibility, and the application, is available atwww.michigan.gov/lsta.

Contact Karren Reish at reishk with questions on the program.

School Libraries 21st Century – New Libraries for the New School Year
08/29/2016
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School Libraries 21st Century – New Libraries for the New School Year

Karren ReishCongratulations to two new libraries for achieving SL 21 status in the Library of Michigan School Libraries 21st Century benchmarks program. We currently have 130 certified school libraries in the state. We are pleased to highlight Denise Moll and Anne Brainard’s great work! For more information on the program and how they can be used in your district or building, go to www.michigan.gov/sl21.

New SL 21 Libraries

Exemplary Status

  • West Hills Middle School Media Center, West Hills Middle School, Bloomfield Hills Schools

– Denise Moll, Media Specialist

  • Mona Shores High School Library Media Center, Mona Shores High School, Mona Shores Public Schools

– Anne Brainard, Library Media Specialist

Library of Michigan MeL Surveys – Please respond soon!
08/30/2016
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Library of Michigan MeL Surveys – Please respond soon!

Karren ReishPlease join in the great response we are getting. The survey deadline is Sept. 8th so we need your feedback soon!
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