The Library of Michigan Foundation enhances many library services provided to the entire state, such as certification workshops and continuing education for library staff and trustees, especially those from small and rural libraries and those staff providing youth services to their communities. The Foundation also supports recognition and award programs for libraries and librarians, such as the annual State Librarian Excellence Awards (SLEA Awards). In particular, we appreciate the generosity and commitment of two Foundation Board members, Roger Mendel and Martin Gibbs, for helping to significantly fund the Awards for the State Librarian Excellence Awards program, for the last few years through a generous pledge for support.
The Library of Michigan provides a wide variety of services to libraries, librarians and library staff statewide through funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Library Services and Technology (LSTA) and the State of Michigan. These statewide services, in addition to those listed about, also include library statistical analysis and e-training, among many others. For a comprehensive discussion of statewide services provided to libraries, please learn more from the Library of Michigan website.
Although state-wide library services and programs are greatly supported through the IMLS, LSTA and the State of Michigan, it is the generosity of Foundation donors that has greatly helped many of these services grow beyond what they could without additional private support. The generosity of Foundation donors over the years has contributed to the outstanding literary climate of our state and continues to help make our Library of Michigan an exceptional state library, one that serves as a model for many others around the nation.