Governor’s order to cut department threatens free and open access to information at Michigan libraries

To the Editor,

The Tecumseh District Library Board of Trustees strongly opposes Governor Granholm’s executive order abolishing the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. What this means to the residents of the Tecumseh area is that the Library of Michigan will be dismantled. The Library of Michigan is responsible for managing the dollars which pay for MeLCat, the statewide interlibrary loan system and MeL, Michigan online library databases which provides access to unique and valuable resources, among other things. Cutting library funding from $10 million to $7.5 million will spell the demise of these services that benefit every citizen across the state.

All of us at TDL urge the Governor and the legislature to maintain the library system’s level of services, to keep state aid to Michigan’s public libraries at $10 million in 2009 and to retain the position of the state librarian. To do otherwise threatens free and open access to information and could decimate Michigan citizens’ access to beneficial and important resources. Any cut to state aid for libraries will have a negative effect at a time when struggling citizens are relying on public libraries more than ever for job search resources.

We urge all of you to support efforts to maintain library services and keep their functions whole under the Library of Michigan within state government. Please contact Governor Granholm and your state legislators to let your concerns and opinions be known.

Carolyn Feldkamp
President, Tecumseh District Library Board of Trustees

Governor Jennifer Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

Sen. Cameron Brown
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909

Rep. Dudley Spade
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909

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