Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) members stopped by our booth at FGS last week to share news about the Library of Michigan, which was dissolved July 13 by an executive order that goes into effect Oct. 1.
To save an estimated $2 million in the cash-strapped state, Gov. Jennifer Granholm assigned the library collections to the Department of Education and ordered the departments director to cut expenses by considering measures such as eliminating participation in interlibrary loan.
MGC is circling an online petition in support of keeping the librarys Michigan collection intact, free and within state jurisdiction.
State senators have introduced bills to transfer all Department of History, Arts and Libraries functions to the Michigan Department of State, with separate funding from the state’s general fund. MGC president Cynthia Grostick says the measures have passed the state senate, but fears they may languish in the house. See the councils Web site for updates and information on how to help.