The Library of Michigan, transferred last year to the Michigan Department of Education, is facing the reality of severely tightened budget, focusing on its core mission of statewide library services and service to state government, but beginning the difficult task of finding new homes for two major programs: support for the Genealogy Collection and the Regional Federal Depository Program and Federal Documents Collection.

"We are committed to working with constituents that hold them dear and get those stakeholders to help identify what the needs are and who might be new stewards," State Librarian Nancy Robertson told LJ. "We’re hoping to work with genealogy community and find a solution by October 1."

However, she acknowledged that the documents collection poses an even greater challenge. "It’s trickier to find someone to take it— it’s vast, 1.7 million items," she said. "It takes up a lot of footprint of our space, and space is very expensive for the state."

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