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Last year libraries across Michigan participated in a simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and offer the opportunity to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, Michigan Libraries for Life. This effort was originally spearheaded in 2010 by the University of Michigan’s Taubman Health Sciences Library, but has expanded to include libraries on several university campuses across the state; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, along with libraries at Eastern Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University. This collaborative effort resulted in registering 414 new organ donors, reaching over 1500 visitors with information on organ donation and registration information!
More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 34% of adults have joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, far lower than the 43% average nationwide. That discrepancy is largely due to state residents not knowing how to properly join the Registry. Michigan Libraries for Life helps to address that informational need.
We are excited to bring this life-saving event back in 2012, expanding to include many more public and academic libraries. This year’s 2-day drive will start on Tuesday, October 2nd and run through Wednesday, October 3rd. Participating libraries are welcome to join the effort for as many hours as they are able to staff a registration table in their libraries, from 2 hours to 2 days. Gift of Life Michigan will provide free in-person training for library representatives at their Ann Arbor headquarters. We are also developing additional training materials for institutions that are unable to attend the in-person session.
The key to this program’s success is the participation of organizations such as your library. We would like to extend a formal invitation to your library to join the Michigan Libraries for Life Organ Donor Registration Drive for 2012. If your organization would like to participate in this year’s effort, please contact us at MichLib4Life@umich.edu or (734) 936-1394 with the name/s of the interested library or libraries.
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