Library of Michigan
The Canton Public Library was recently awarded a certificate of completion for meeting the Essential Level requirements of the Quality Services Audit Checklist (QSAC) by the Library of Michigan.
QSAC has defined "essential services" — the basics of all library service — as relatively low-cost standards that every library can and should achieve. The Canton Public Library has demonstrated competence in seven categories including human resources, governance/administration, services, collection development, technology, facilities and equipment, and public relations/marketing.
On September 10, library supporters will rally at the State Capitol in Lansing to encourage legislators to save the Library of Michigan and the important shared statewide resources, such as MeL databases and MeLCat interlibrary loan, that Canton Public Library users value. The rally will start at 9:30AM and supporters are asked to wear red shirts to show their support for statewide joint services.
The Governor's Executive Order dismantles the Department of History, Arts & Libraries and places the services of the Library of Michigan — both physical and online collections — in jeopardy. State funding and federal matching funds for MeLCat interlibrary loan and 25 MeL databases are at stake; due to the local economy and cuts to local funding associated with the recession, the Canton Public Library does not have the funds to pay for interlibrary loan or online genealogical, historical, or reference products if the state legislature does not act to maintain statewide library services — Canton residents would lose access to these resources.