Continuing our forward momentum by enabling all members to provide and promote premier library service.
Welcome to Mideastern MI Library Cooperative
503 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan
Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative (MMLC) is a non-profit governmental organization consisting of 31 public, academic, school and special libraries located in the ten county area (Bay, Clare, Genesee, Ingham, Isabella, Midland, Lapeer, northern Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee) of the Central Lower Peninsula of Michigan. MMLC is one of eleven library cooperatives funded by the State of Michigan.
MMLC's purpose is to provide those services that can usually be performed more effectively and economically by a larger unit of service while at the same time permitting the smaller unit of service to retain its local autonomy and close contact with the people it serves. The Cooperative itself does not provide direct service to the public; rather it aids and assists member libraries in their endeavors to better serve their patrons.
The Cooperative encourages, facilitates, and coordinates resource sharing for its member libraries; provides services that aid member libraries in improvement of area library service; advocates for its members; seeks funding; provides relevant information to members concerning library issues; provides continuing education opportunities for librarians; and promotes interlibrary cooperation.
MMLC’s goals have regularly included support of the technology needs of our members. In the past, many cooperatives purchased mobile laptop labs and other equipment that circulated among libraries. The practice provided libraries with the opportunity to offer new services for patrons such as bibliographic instruction and other classes on how to use emerging technologies in a group setting. This effort predated the computer lab environment that we have come to appreciate and rely on in our libraries today.
In the process of updating our last Technology Plan, MMLC library directors were asked to give suggestions on what technology needs they might have for the future. 3D printing was at the top of the list! With the assistance of Chippewa River District Library (CRDL), we were able to test 3D printing processes and, after an evaluation period, library members agreed to participate in a longer project. CRDL offered suggestions on 3D printers and both Capital Area District Library and Bay County Library System shared their equipment experience with MMLC to assist us in making an informed choice. Last month, MMLC’s Advisory Council meeting was devoted to presentations and conversations about how libraries might offer this service to patrons. Divided into seven regions, the groups met to complete a planning worksheet that included questions such as: a schedule for printer use, transportation among members, and supply replacement procedures. Each region agreed on the library that would take the 3D printer, dedicated laptop and scanner that day. Those lucky libraries drove away with a brand new 3D set-up! This exciting pilot will run until 2017 as support systems are developed and a final evaluation will signal the end of the formal project.
MMLC Director Reports
Michigan Library Laws Handbook
Updated in 2013
Michigan Library Directory
Digital Media Zone
for the Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative