Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative

Director’s Report

December 2019/January 2020

State Budget/State Aid:

As of January 31, 2020, all MMLC libraries eligible for State Aid have completed the forms. The latest news about 2021 State Budget is that it will remain flat like last year.

Cooperative Services:

From the beginning of October till end of January, 75 libraries have hosted performers and Irene has delivered 160 confirmation sheets with many more coming soon. Overall, MMLC has booked 676 programs with 114 locations throughout the state with 56 different performers for 2019-2020. We are still expecting that number to increase before the end of September.

NNLD Advocacy:

MMLC Advocacy committee has selected Melissa Malcom, Lapeer District Library Director, Maria McCarville, Public Libraries of Saginaw Director, Scott Duinstra, Capital Area District Library Executive Director and Perry Valle, Lapeer District Library Trustee/MMLC Treasurer to attend NLLD in May, with Eric. Eric has registered everyone and reserved the rooms in the hotel. Everyone is responsible to find their own transportation to Washington DC.

Cooperative Directors Association:
Cooperative Directors Association (CDA):  

  • CDA will have a table at the Rural Library Conference in April.
  • The Strategic Planning discussion has been postponed until the February meeting
  • TLN is planning a workshop for Assistant Library Directors; Woodland is planning a Boot Camp for Youth Services librarians.


Collaborating Partners – CDA, LM, MiALA, MLA, and MCLS:  

  • The partners have adding more people to the committee, making sure we hear more ideas on the topic for this workshop. The workshop is tentatively schedule for the 3rd week of June with the working title being Creating Inclusive Libraries: Gender and Sexual Awareness.

Here are some of the working outcomes we are hoping to achieve:

  • Starting point for growth and learning to be a welcoming and inclusive space
  • Understanding the terminology associated with gender and sexual orientation
  • Understanding how to interact respectfully across differences
  • Awareness of how implicit bias impacts our interpersonal interactions
  • Tools and resources to build knowledge or resource sharing within your library that may assist you in serving persons of all identities



Library of Michigan (LM):  Randy Riley, State Librarian, made the report.

  • Loleta Fyan Small and Rural Libraries Conference: April 13 - April 15, 2020 will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort. Theme ‘Dream, Believe, Achieve Leadership’.
  • Learning objectives were discussed for the New Directors workshops and Shannon explained that there are 45 minutes sessions on many different topics for both New and Advance. The Cooperative directors were trying to determine where we need to fill in the gap. Kate at Woodland said her cooperative was going to have a boot camp for Youth Services Librarians.


Michigan Library Association (MLA):  Debbie Mikula, Executive Director made the report

  • Senator MacGregor introduced a bill SB 611 which is an amendment to the Michigan Library Privacy Act without input from LM, MLA, etc. The bill was going through very quickly but has slowed down to hear from more of the libraries of Michigan. MLA is planning to have their opinion at the end of January.
  • MLA Advocacy Day is April 22nd in Lansing. MLA’s lobbying group, GCSI will be helping to put meetings in place. Register in advance by 3/22. Meetings will be scheduled for registrants.  This is a Free event, except for the cost for a T-shirt. They hope to have various library bookmobiles parked around the capitol and are very excited about providing an opportunity to learn how to directly engage legislators.


Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS):  Scott Garrison, Executive Director, made the report for MCLS:

  • Overdrive has 2 million checkouts.
  • Project ReShare - alpha software release coming in 2020, MCLS is involved in the development, from a multi-type perspective
  • New version of our member management system – RIDES
  • Michigan Digital Preservation Network Coordinator search underway


MMLC Administration:

  • One of Eric’s goals for himself when he accepted the MMLC director’s position was to visit all the libraries in the cooperative within the first 90 days. Unfortunately, he was not able to complete all the visit on that timeline. However, he did visit 24 libraries by the end of January and should visit the others in the month of February.
  • Eric is reviewing the possibility of a student librarian intern in 2021. He has discussed it with most of the library directors and everyone seems to think it’s a good idea. Suburban Library Cooperative has an intern this year, and Eric is talking with their director to see if we can use some of their ideas. One idea we discussed is making it a Summer Internship.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Libraries was awarded one of the ALA Census Equity Grants. Congratulation Anne.
  • Melissa Malcolm from Lapeer District Library has announced her retirement, effective in June 2020. Eric will be helping the Lapeer board with the interviewing process.
  • As the Fiscal Agent for FOML, Irene and Eric attended their December Meeting at the Library of MI.
  • Eric attended the CALL meeting at Goodland Township Library in December.
  • Eric attended the Bay County Libraries Board meeting in January, as well as Capital Area District Libraries Board meeting in December.
  • Eric has registered to attend PLA Annual Conference, NLLD, Rural Libraries Conference, MLA Advocacy Day and is planning to attend ALA Annual Conference in Chicago June 25-30.


Respectfully submitted,

Eric Palmer

MMLC Director