Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Library of Michigan, this is just too sad

For the last 24 to 36 hours the news of what may happen to the Library of Michigan keeps trickling in. I am going to include a LOT of links here, and thanks to those who have pointed me to more and more links. You read for yourself, make your own decision.

First from Facebook group, Michigan Genealogy, Matt Adair of Flint, Michigan posted these links:

Granholm Announces Conceptual Plan for Michigan Center for Innovation and Reinvention

and: a link to the Executive Order No 2009-36, a large PDF file.

Matt also posted a really nice summary, please forgive me Matt for a total copy and paste here, I never could summarize it this well:

"More details concerning the library:

Superintendent shall implement cost-saving measures designed to reduce expenditures while protecting the core mission of the library. Unless the Superintendent determines it to be impracticable, these measures shall include, but shall not be limited to, all of the following:

a. Eliminating circulation of specific collections (including, but not limited to, the Main, Dewey, and General Reference collections, the Michigan collection, the Michigan Documents collection, and the Rare Book collection) or, alternatively, transferring such collections to other suitable institutions.

b. Eliminating circulation and document delivery for the law collection.

c. Suspending or eliminating participation as a participating lending library in MeLCat.

d. Eliminating or transferring to other suitable institutions the Federal Documents Depository and the non-Michigan Genealogy collection."

Thank you Matt!!!!

Leland & Patty Meitzler, of the Blog, GenealogyBlog, have an article here, with at least one of these links, and more.

I have received a number of emails that originated from some of the Genealogy Royality here in Michigan. None of it reads good.

Here is a link to an article by the Detroit News, I have no idea how long that link will be good, so read it now!

What a sad day for family researchers in Michigan and beyond.

Is your library next????

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