[Michlib-l] background checks

James Lenze jamesl at Gardencitymi.org
Tue Oct 8 14:58:37 EDT 2013

A quick search of Michigan’s Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS -- http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2.aspx) and the Sex Offender Registry (http://www.mipsor.state.mi.us/) is good especially for potential new hires and volunteers who will be working with minors.

From: michlib-l-bounces at mail.mcls.org [mailto:michlib-l-bounces at mail.mcls.org] On Behalf Of Frederick J. Kirby
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:39 PM
To: Julie Grynwich; michlib-l at mail.mcls.org
Subject: Re: [Michlib-l] background checks

Julie, One easy way to start this process is to do a Google search of the person's name. If anything turns up, you could then take it a step further and possibly pay a firm for a more extensive search.

This method is far from foolproof, but it is better than nothing.

Yes, it would be best to do this for volunteers as well as job applicants.

Frederick J. Kirby, Library Director
Benton Harbor Public Library
213 East Wall St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
269-926-6139 (voice)
269-926-1674 (fax)
libraryfjk at yahoo.com<mailto:libraryfjk at yahoo.com>

From: Julie Grynwich <nblibrary at comcast.net<mailto:nblibrary at comcast.net>>
To: michlib-l at mail.mcls.org<mailto:michlib-l at mail.mcls.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:35 PM
Subject: [Michlib-l] background checks

Sorry if this has been addressed before… how do you do background checks on employees and volunteers?  Do you use a service, or do you do an in-house method?   Also, do you do them for your volunteers?


Julie Grynwich
New Buffalo Township Library
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