Mrs. Nancy R. Robertson
Library of Michigan
702 West Kalamazoo Street
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
State library website:
“Building and refining our Michigan e-Library resources will be a priority, including ensuring easy access to information and providing interfaces for mobile devices. We’ll assist in job seeking and training and in improving literacy and computer skills. An emphasis on community engagement will lead our libraries to seek partnerships in these efforts.”
--Nancy R. Robertson, State Librarian, Library of Michigan
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
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To enrich the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), seven ProQuest databases were made available, free of charge, to Michigan residents for use at their local libraries, from their homes, or anywhere, any time. This 24/7 access affords opportunities for Michigan citizens to advance and enhance their lives as workers, students, citizens, family members, and lifelong learners. The economic strains felt by public institutions and private citizens over the last several years made the resources provided by databases like ProQuest even more valuable to libraries, schools and individuals. The e-resources specifically targeted to children in elementary school provide a ready incentive for youngsters to learn how to use the computer and navigate sources for school homework/research projects and for fun at an early age.
IMLS Funds: $474,916
Plinkit Hosting Support
The Library of Michigan continued as a member of the Plinkit Collaboration to provide modern, robust websites that are easy for libraries to update when they are unable to develop their own, due to staff or budgetary issues. Plinkit is a template-based website creation toolkit that uses open source software. The project was primarily targeted to Class I, II, and III public libraries, which are in communities of up to 4,000, 7,000, and 12,000 people, respectively. Many of Michigan’s small public libraries have only a few part-time staff and little or no access to IT support. Yet the public expects local information to be online, and to be able to request materials and ask questions regardless of the day or time. Plinkit has been a boon in these circumstances. Many staff members come to training feeling that their skills don’t allow them to create a good website, and they leave excited by the ease of use and opportunities Plinkit makes available to them.
IMLS Funds: $22,998
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Michigan's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 286KB). View all states' plans.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Libraries will publicize and work with schools to get the word out about summer reading programs for children and teens in their communities. The programs’ objective is to maintain or increase literacy, using traditional and online formats.
Infants and children through second grade, especially from underserved populations, will have access to emergent literacy programs through the statewide Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book program.
Library users will have access to online training and tips for the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) and government resources through tutorials and videos.
Access to E-Resources
Teachers in public and private schools will find curriculum material and teaching support through the Michigan Online Resources for Educators (M.O.R.E.) and MeL’s K-12 specific resources.
Software for MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing catalog, will be maintained to provide consistent access to materials for residents.
Statewide database subscriptions and portals will be maintained to ensure consistent, stable access to digital materials.
Access to digitized historical materials will be provided through continued support of the MeL Michigana Collection.
Economic and Employment Development
Libraries will assist job seekers and students by offering training and access to online vocational and educational training.
Libraries will promote MeL business databases and portals to local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Libraries will have access to information and training on workforce development services and materials.
Libraries participating in the Public Libraries Interface Kit (Plinkit) program, through which Michigan joins five other states in providing an easy-to-learn and easy-to-update website template for small and rural libraries, will have access to skill building sites and materials for their communities.
Librarians will have access to training for the MeL resources that they can then use to train their library patrons.
Librarians will receive training on cutting edge issues in library services through statewide workshops.
Libraries will learn to evaluate and improve services through voluntary state public library and school media center benchmarks.
Statewide databases will be made more accessible to users through the discovery software.
Community libraries needing affordable Internet access will have E-Rate training and support.
Statewide training and partnerships will allow more public libraries to have fast, stable Internet access through participation in broadband initiatives.
Small and rural libraries will have access to a full professional library conference through the biennial Rural Libraries Conference.
MeLCat system improvements will be reviewed and implemented to allow users to request materials with a mobile device.
At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Michigan's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 3,761KB). View all states' evaluations.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Michigan's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 372KB).