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Ann Arbor library partners with U-M to create ‘Secret Lab’ invention space

“A partnership between the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor library has developed a place where people can create, invent and learn. Called “Secret Lab,” the library’s new community space for participants ages 6 and up, is scheduled to hold a kickoff event Friday evening. The Halloween-themed open house takes place on the lower level of the Ann Arbor District Library.” (via MLive)

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The public library in an Internet age: Walton Erickson Public Library

Although Walton Erickson Memorial Library in Morley is one of only six libraries left in the state that uses a physical card catalog instead of an automated one, that doesn’t mean it’s technology deficient. The library has six computers, often occupied by patrons who come to file their taxes, book bus and plane tickets, or do homework. Morley is a rural town an hour north of Grand Rapids, dotted with cornfields and farm stands full of fresh produce. The library serves an area of 9,800 people, including a sizeable Amish population.” (via Michigan Public Radio)

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Randy Riley chosen to be [Michigan’s] next state librarian

“A 24-year veteran at the Library of Michigan will be the next state librarian.Randy Riley will succeed Nancy Robertson, who is retiring this week after almost a decade in the role. Riley is called a “librarian’s librarian” by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan, who made the announcement on Monday. Riley is recognized as a leading family history librarian in the United States.” (via AP)

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Michigan Supreme Court rejects appeal from library whose anti-gun policy was struck down

“The Michigan Supreme Court won’t upset a lower court ruling that prohibits a Lansing-area library from banning guns. In a 6-1 decision, the court says it won’t hear an appeal from the Capital Area District Library in Ingham County. The library banned weapons at its branches, but the state appeals court last year struck down that policy.” (via AP)

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Former Montrose librarian claims she was fired for talking too loudly to police

“A former Montrose librarian is suing the Genesee District Library over claims she was fired for talking too loudly. Susan Harshfield, 30, of Swartz Creek, said she was fired for talking loudly to police after she called for help with a patron who refused to leave the library. Library spokesman Trenton Smiley declined to comment on the lawsuit. Library attorney Patrick Parker also declined comment. No response to the allegations has been filed with the court. Harshfield’s attorney, Tom Pabst, said his client was serving as a whistleblower when she was fired by the library.” (via Mlive.com)

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Library expands campus access to 3D printers

“The 3D Lab, part of the University of Michigan Library’s Digital Media Commons on north campus, is expanding campus access to 3D printers thanks to a grant from the university’s Third Century Initiative. Six Cube printers currently reside in the 3D Lab, located in the Duderstadt Center, along with free material, tutorials, and support for those ready to experiment. In the next few weeks, the Cube printers will relocate to other spaces around the Duderstadt Center, and early next year they will be made available on central campus.” (via University of Michigan)

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Jailed for overdue library books? Not in Grand Rapids anymore

“An ordinance that provided for a penalty of up to 30 days in jail for failing to return a library book is being expunged from the city code. Grand Rapids City Commission is in the process of repealing part of a “disorderly conduct” ordinance that spells out the following punishments for “any person who detains or fails to return” books or other library items: a fine of $10 to $50 or imprisonment for 7 to 30 days, or both.” (via MLive.com)

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Gale, The Library of Michigan and CIVICTechnologies Partner to Make Business Resources Available for the Michigan Business Community

“Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, the Library of Michigan and CIVICTechnologies, a leading provider of market research and analytics software for libraries and businesses, today announced a partnership to make business resources available at no cost to local Michigan business owners and entrepreneurs. Following a request for proposals process, the Library of Michigan selected Gale to provide business resources, including a range of ebooks, forms and research databases, and CIVICTechnologies to provide business market research data and software. The services have been purchased through funding allocated in the budget of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder as part of his “Economic Gardening” initiative to grow businesses in the state. All Michigan libraries and all Michigan residents can access these digital resources via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), the Library of Michigan’s online home for digital resources.” (via Cengage Learning)

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$55M University of Michigan library renovation to reflect changing medical profession

“University of Michigan’s Board of Regents Thursday unanimously approved the design for a $55 million renovation of the Taubman Health Sciences Library. Plans include moving much of the library’s print collection to other areas and making way for classrooms, computer labs and spaces that support group collaboration and facilitate simulation and other technology-rich assessments. The conversion of library space, which primarily is used by medical and pharmaceutical researchers and students, reflects the changing reality of medicine and other health professions, U-M officials say.” (via Ann Arbor.com)

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University of Michigan Joins Library Publishing Coalition

“The University of Michigan, in collaboration with more than 50 other academic libraries and the Educopia Institute, has joined a two-year project (2013-2014) to create the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). The project emerged from conversations between Purdue University, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech regarding the need for a community dedicated to advancing the field of library publishing. The University of Michigan will play an integral role in the design and implementation of the LPC as a contributing institution.”

via University of Michigan

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