Morenci’s Stair Public Library is among 60 libraries in Michigan to benefit from a grant that will make the interlibrary loan process more efficient.
The grant request was written by the directors of the Bad Axe Area District Library in Bad Axe and the Rawson Memorial District Library in Cass City. The Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund located in Midland awarded $25,000 for the project.
The money will be used to create custom programming to streamline the interlibrary loan process through MeLCAT, the statewide catalog that allows patrons to borrow materials from libraries throughout the state. The libraries involved in the grant all use the VERSO circulation system.
Currently, libraries using VERSO and MeLCat must access both systems in order to check materials in and out. Custom programming will eliminate this redundancy.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $30,000. The 60 libraries will each contribute $80 to pay the remaining cost. In addition to Morenci, the Blissfield and Tecumseh libraries are the other county libraries that will benefit.
Not only does the grant make the new programming cost-effective for libraries, it will also cut the interlibrary loan processing time in half.
Robert C. Reinhardt worked in research and marketing at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich., for 30 years. He valued education and reading and believed library resources should be available to everyone. Reinhardt died in 2008.