For the last three years, libraries across Michigan have participated in a simple and effective campaign to educate patrons about organ, tissue, and eye donation and encouraged them to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. The campaign is called 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 public, academic, special, and hospital libraries across the state. This collaborative effort has inspired 1348 people to sign up as donors!
More than 95% of Americans support organ, tissue and eye donation. In Michigan, only 39% of adults have joined the state’s donor registry, far lower than the 45% 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 2013! 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 7 days. This year’s drive will start on Monday, October 7th and run through Sunday, October 13th. Gift of Life Michigan will provide free in-person training for library representatives at their Ann Arbor headquarters on Friday, August 23rd. 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 dozens of libraries. We would like to extend a formal invitation to your library to join the 2013 Michigan Libraries for Life Organ Donor Registration Drive. If your organization would like to participate in this year’s effort, please contact us at MichLib4Life@umich.edu or (734) 936-1394 to receive more information.
You can also find Michigan Libraries for Life on Facebook! www.facebook.com/ML4Life
For additional information visit: https://sites.google.com/site/michiganlibraries4life/home