Issue 103, May 2004

Table of Contents

  1. MiDEAL Program to Help Local Governments Save Money
  2. Healthy Michigan 2010 Report Released
  3. 2004 Michigan Notable Books
  4. Governor Granholm and Travel Michigan Promote Michigan's Hidden Treasures
  5. Library of Michigan and Michigan State University Libraries Partner
    to Offer Combined Collections Catalog to Patrons, Students
  6. Prescription for a Healthier Michigan
  7. Michigan Documents Checklist Available Online
  8. Library or Michigan Using OCLC's Digital Archive
    to Capture State of Michigan Web Information

(1) MiDEAL Program to Help Local Governments Save Money

The Granholm Administration and Departments of Management and Budget (DMB) and Information Technology (DIT) have unveiled a powerful, new Web site to enable local entities to save money. The interactive site originated with Governor Jennifer Granholm’s call for increased cooperation among municipalities. It includes a forum for locals and information on purchasing cooperatives, including the state’s MiDEAL program (“Delivering Extended Agreements Locally”), a voluntary program that could save participants up to 40 percent on certain goods and services.

“In my State of the State address, I encouraged local entities to work together to stretch dollars and maximize services to the public,” said Governor Granholm. “I am pleased that the creation of this innovative Web site will empower locals to do just that.”

“This Web site is a key component of regional cooperation that allows all of our public entities to come together to save funds through cooperatives or sharing interests through the chat room,” said Maxine Berman, Director of Special Projects for Governor Granholm.

MiDEAL, formerly the Extended Purchasing Program, is a revamped cooperative purchasing program that allows members to buy from state contracts, at generally lower prices. Members may also jointly bid with the state, increasing volume and reducing rates for all. Additionally, the state’s experienced buyers handle the bid process, eliminating the administrative expense for members.

“We are delighted to partner with the state in this purchasing program, and we appreciate it extending itself to local governments for efficiencies and cost savings,” said Mayor Tony Benavides.”

“MiDEAL has the potential to save local governments, school districts, non-profit hospitals and the higher education community thousands of dollars on everything from carpet to computers,” said Mitch Irwin, DMB Director. “As we kick off this cost-cutting crusade, we encourage eligible participants to log onto the MiDEAL Web site for more information.”

"Enhancing this shared purchasing program with an interactive and easy-to-navigate site, is a smart, practical approach," said Kentwood Mayor Richard Root. "We look forward to working cooperatively with other locals via the Web site to generate additional savings."

Over the next few months, DMB officials will be meeting with local entities to provide information on MiDEAL and other cost- and time-saving opportunities to partner with the state. The state offers disposal and purchase of surplus property via the Internet and live auctions; warehouse rental space and materials management; and transportation of materials on established routes.

For information on how to become a MiDEAL member, as well as a complete list of participating vendors and current contracts, visit or call (517) 335-2937.

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(2) Healthy Michigan 2010 Report Released

The Michigan Surgeon General’s first-ever health status report will serve as the foundation of the state’s efforts to improve the well-being of the people of Michigan, state officials said on its release on April 8th.

The 133-page Healthy Michigan 2010 status report points out that in areas related to healthy lifestyles, such as physical activity, healthy weight, and good nutrition, Michigan has room for improvement.

“This report confirms that we still have work to do, especially in the way our citizens view the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyles,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “The Surgeon General’s report will pave the way for our future health initiatives in Michigan and ultimately create a Healthier Michigan.”

Granholm also said addressing important issues contained in the report that affect long-term health will ensure that Michigan’s workforce remains productive and the state remains an attractive place to start new business opportunities.

More than 50 percent of Michigan adults reported participating in physical activity less than the recommended 30 minutes per day. Twenty-five percent said that they participated in no leisure-time physical activity at all. The rate of obesity, especially in Michigan’s children, is of particular concern.

Michigan ranks the third worst among the states for rate of obesity and has been among the ten heaviest states for the past 14 years. Additionally, more than 62 percent of adults in Michigan are considered either overweight or obese, and a majority of high school students and adults indicated that they were trying to lose or maintain weight.

Some key chronic disease points from the report include:

“The Healthy Michigan 2010 report is the first of many initiatives that we will use to guide our work as we strive to increase physical activity, reduce obesity, eliminate our dependency on tobacco, promote health, prevent disease, and achieve healthier outcomes for Michigan,” said Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Michigan’s Surgeon General.

In relationship to tobacco, the report found that:

“Despite our collective progress toward combating tobacco use, there are still more than 16,000 tobacco-related deaths in Michigan each year,” Wisdom said. “Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, and the Governor’s proposal to increase taxes on tobacco will go a long way toward ensuring that many citizens, including 94,000 children, will never become addicted to tobacco.”

Later this month, the Surgeon General will issue the Prescription for a Healthier Michigan, which will offer concrete solutions to addressing issues contained in the report.

“Michigan has a proud history of innovation and leadership in health care,” said Janet Olszewski, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “We will use the results outlined in the Surgeon General’s report to bring back a focus on prevention in health care to help improve Michigan’s economy.”

Olszewski said if the state can reduce the demand for health care, existing resources currently allocated to the treatment of chronic disease could be redirected to other critical areas. “A quality health care infrastructure – focused on healthier lifestyles – will reduce the growth in health care costs and foster a more competitive economy in Michigan. Healthy people create healthy and productive communities.”

Source documents: The Executive Summary and Full Report

Source: Michigan Newswire, April 8, 2004.

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(3) 2004 Michigan Notable Books

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce this year's selections for the 2004 Michigan Notable Books Awards. Formerly known as Read Michigan, this year's list was selected by Kim Laird, Kate Nicholoff, Randy Riley, Kris Rzepczynski, Jim Schultz, and George Weeks. Each year, books are chosen that best reflect Michigan's rich cultural heritage and are of high quality and wide public appeal. The list is limited to up to twenty books, and titles must either be written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

This year's list is particularly strong in history and memoirs. A wide variety of interesting historical topics are included, such as baseball, the Detroit Zoo, Vernor's, Michigan's forests, early military history, and the automotive industry. Of course, no list of notable Michigan books list is complete without at least one title on the Great Lakes or shipwrecks, and this year we have several. Kathy-jo Wargin's The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell is sure to be a winner for all age groups, while Jerry Dennis's wonderful The Living Great Lakes should appeal to the adventurer in all of us, and Benjamin Shelak's Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan will appeal to those who enjoy reading about or touring shipwrecks.

Libraries will soon receive a poster of the 2004 Michigan Notable Books, which can be used to help create their own Michigan-related display at any time during the year. To help celebrate Michigan Week (May 15-21) this year, the Library of Michigan will be hosting a Michigan Author Day on Sunday, May 16th, in which some of the authors from this list will be participating. Some libraries may even wish to conduct reading group discussions based on some of the themes found in the 2004 Michigan Notable Books list.

The National Library Service and the Library of Michigan Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will record eight selections from this list and make them available via audiobook. They are marked below with a "+".

Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan+, by Peter Morris. University of Michigan Press. Incorporating newspaper accounts, personal reminiscences, and photographs from the era, this book explores the early beginnings and development of baseball in Michigan and how the game evolved into the national pastime.

The Edmund Fitzgerald: The Song of the Bell+, by Kathy-jo Wargin. Illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. Sleeping Bear Press. With vivid illustrations, this children's book tells the story of the famous 1975 Great Lakes maritime disaster and the recent recovery of the ship's bell.

The Forests of Michigan, by Donald I. Dickmann and Larry A. Leefers. University of Michigan Press. Complete with full color photographs and maps, this book details the natural history of forests in Michigan from the time of the receding glaciers, through the lumbering era and great fire disasters, to the 20th century renewal and future prospects.

Going Back to Central: On the Road in Search of the Past in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, by Lon L. Emerick. North Country Publishing. With the area's unique culture and heritage evident throughout the story, follow along with the author in his journey of discovery across the state's Upper Peninsula, with tales of copper mining and local folklore.

A Hanging in Detroit: Stephen Gifford Simmons and the Last Execution Under Michigan Law, by David G. Chardavoyne. Wayne State University Press. A thought-provoking study of the 1830 trial and execution of Stephen Simmons, its impact on early Detroit society, and how the controversial event fits into the context of early Michigan history.

Heart & Soul: The Story of Grand Rapids Neighborhoods, by Linda Samuelson, Andrew Schrier, et al. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. Historic photographs and postcards color this local history of the Furniture City, as told through its neighborhoods.

The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas+, by Jerry Dennis. Thomas Dunne Books. As a crewmember aboard a schooner, the author explores the region's natural history, shares personal anecdotes, and experiences the adventure and true wonder of the Great Lakes.

Michigan's Early Military Forces: A Roster and History of Troops Activated Prior to the American Civil War, by Le Roy Barnett and Roger Rosentreter. Wayne State University Press. Detailed histories of Michigan's pre-Civil War conflicts, and the state's role and contributions in them, complement the complete rosters of the soldiers who served.

Off The Record+, by Tim Skubick. University of Michigan Press. As a member of the state capitol press corps, the author provides an insider's glimpse into the Michigan political scene, weaving colorful stories about the various personalities he has covered as a journalist, including Governors Milliken, Blanchard, Engler, and Granholm.

Recovering Ruth: A Biographer's Tale, by Robert Root. University of Nebraska Press. The mid-nineteenth century diary of Ruth Douglass leads the author on a Michigan research adventure as he ultimately gains insight into his own life.

Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation, by Charles K. Hyde. Wayne State University Press. This book traces the Detroit automaker's roller coaster journey of success, failure, and recovery from its founding in 1925 to its merger in 1998.

Saul and Patsy+, by Charles Baxter. Pantheon Books. A high school teacher and his wife raise a family in a fictional Michigan community, face the tragedy of a student's death, and the small town's hostile reaction to it.

Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan, by Benjamin J. Shelak. Trails Books. Charts, maps, and illustrations complement these stories of Lake Michigan maritime disasters, dating back to 1800.

Still With Me: A Daughter's Journey of Love and Loss+, by Andrea King Collier. Simon & Schuster. The touching story of a woman's care for her mother during a battle with cancer, and her personal struggles and triumphs.

Sub 4:00: Alan Webb and the Quest for the Fastest Mile, by Chris Lear. Rodale. The story of the high school track phenom who joined the University of Michigan track team amidst enormous expectations, and his struggles to meet them.

Sweets: A Collection of Soul Food Desserts and Memories+, by Patty Pinner. Ten Speed Press. A mixture of stories, memories, and anecdotes from an African American family in Saginaw, and the delightful recipes that accompany them.

The Vernor's Story: From Gnomes to Now, by Lawrence L. Rouch. University of Michigan Press. A colorful history of the "deliciously different" Detroit institution, complete with glimpses into the evolving designs of the company logo, advertisements, and the ginger ale bottles themselves.

Voelker's Pond: A Robert Traver Legacy, by Ed Wargin and James McCullough. Huron River Press. An illuminating photographic glimpse into the famous Michigan author's Upper Peninsula retreat, the natural beauty surrounding it, and the legacy he leaves behind.

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress, 1903-2003+, by Douglas Brinkley. Viking. A sweeping history of Henry Ford and his company that explores the many achievements and struggles of the past one hundred years, including the Model T, the $5 day, the Willow Run bomber plant, anti-union activities, and the Edsel.

Wonders Among Us: Celebrating 75 Years of the Detroit Zoo, by the Detroit Zoological Institute. Detroit Zoological Society. The history of the Detroit Zoo comes alive with this look into the animals, their exhibits, and the men and women that have made the zoo both a great Michigan tourist attraction and an innovative scientific and educational center.

See selections from other years: 2003 Read Michigan
2002 Read Michigan
2001 Read Michigan
2000 Read Michigan
1999 Read Michigan

For more information on the Michigan Notable Books list, please contact the Library of Michigan at (517) 373-1300, or by email at

Source: Michigan Newswire, Updated March 5, 2004.

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(4) Governor Granholm and Travel Michigan
Promote Michigan's Hidden Treasures

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Travel Michigan announced on May 19th that the week long "Travel Michigan Hidden Treasures Showcase" will kick-off Sunday, June 6, in the Upper Peninsula. The tour will highlight a sampling of Michigan’s lesser known attractions, landmarks, museums, events, restaurants, and other state destinations ideal for summer travel.

The tour’s goal is to increase travel by Michigan residents to the many and varied attractions, events and destinations in the state and to get Michiganians to spend their summer vacations and summer vacation dollars in Michigan.

The tour will run from June 6-11 and will feature two to three daily stops with the Governor highlighting a sampling of attractions and recreational opportunities in different parts of the state that Michiganians might include in their vacation plans.

"Traveling in Michigan makes sense for our economy, and it’s a great way to get reacquainted with all of the amazing opportunities available right in our own backyard," said Granholm. "With gas prices increasing, you don’t have to take a long trip, you can take a Michigan trip."

"Tourism is crucial to our economy in Michigan. Travelers spend more than $15 billion annually exploring our great state, and that visitor spending accounts for 188,000 Michigan jobs and $868 million in state taxes," said George Zimmermann, senior vice president of Travel Michigan. "We encourage Michiganians to use, the state’s official tourism promotion Web site, to uncover hidden treasures for summer travel."

Stops include:

Follow along as the Governor travels these great attractions and destinations by going to, the official Web site of Travel Michigan. Sign up to win a Michigan vacation getaway, a chance to win a one week Michigan vacation for a family of four – two nights in Holland, two nights at the Inn at Bay Harbor, and two nights at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island. Other prizes include accommodations at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor and Detroit Tigers tickets. Go to for details and to enter. Governor Granholm will announce the contest winners at the end of the tour on Friday, June 11, 2004, during the noon hour.

The week long tourism initiative is funded by the Michigan travel and tourism industry and other sponsors and is made possible through the support of the Michigan travel and tourism industry, including each destination on the itinerary. In addition, Dean Trailways of Michigan is supplying the motor coach and driver; Chevrolet is donating a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox and driver; MARVAC is supplying RVs for a camping experience; and the Michigan Restaurant Association is providing financial support.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan’s official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services.

Source: Michigan Newswire, May 19, 2004.

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(5) Library of Michigan and Michigan State University Libraries
Partner to Offer Combined Collections Catalog
to Patrons, Students

The Library of Michigan and Michigan State University Libraries have announced a partnership designed to maximize service for patrons, enhance the collections of both agencies, and maintain cost and time efficiencies over the next five years.

“By creating a unified catalog of both our collections, the patrons of MSU and the Library of Michigan will have seamless access to the materials no matter where the materials are housed,” said State Librarian Christie Brandau. “A student at MSU will soon be able to enter a search query and get results not only from MSU’s holdings, but from the entire collection within the Library of Michigan. Similarly, a genealogy buff doing research at our facility, in effect, has ‘one-stop shopping’ access to MSU’s diverse knowledge base at the same time.”

The partnership actually extends beyond LM and MSU and will be carried out in phases. First, the Library of Michigan has contracted with Innovative Interfaces Inc. to oversee the data migration from the Library of Michigan server to MSU’s server. The migration is expected to begin this month and be completed in August, just in time for the fall school semester.

To maintain the merged collection, the Library of Michigan has contracted with MSU for actual hosting of the merged catalog and administration and continued upgrades of the Innovative Millennium software, a higher-end product than the old Innovative software the library has used for years.

“MSU has been a leader in using Innovative technology to its fullest capabilities,” said Brandau. “By merging our catalogs, the Library of Michigan will also be able to take advantage of the most current upgrades and products available from Innovative. This not only helps our patrons search the catalog more effectively, but allows our staff to take advantage of enhanced capabilities in tasks related to cataloging, acquisitions and circulation.”

Brandau estimated that costs savings to the Library of Michigan would approach $165,000: $75,000 initially by not having to upgrade hardware and software to Innovative’s Millennium, and approximately $18,000 per year over a five-year period in reduced maintenance expenses.

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm praised the partnership as a strong example of the collaboration she hopes will become the model between the state and other public entities.

“For Michigan to successfully build a 21st-century economy, it is critical that we find new ways to share resources and meet technology challenges head on,” said Governor Granholm. “The Library of Michigan, MSU Libraries and the Department of Information Technology – for its excellent guidance in laying the framework for the migration – should all be commended for their forward thinking and commitment to cost savings.”

Clifford H. Haka, director of Michigan State University Libraries, agreed. “State agencies and universities are continually asked to do more with less,” he said, “so it makes good sense for MSU to work side by side with the Library of Michigan on this venture to leverage the utilization of both collections. It’s an ideal situation for the state, the university and, most importantly, our patrons.”

The MSU Libraries’ collection of more than 4.5 million volumes is held in the Main Library and nine branches. The Libraries have a long tradition of leadership and commitment to cooperative library programs, including a recent pilot project that will form the basis of MeLCat, the statewide resource-sharing system. For more information, visit

Known internationally as a major U.S. public university with global reach, MSU has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for nearly 150 years. MSU is a member of the Association of American Universities, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the Big Ten athletic conference.

Celebrating 25 years of partnership with the library community, Innovative Interfaces ( is a leader in providing Web-powered, Java-based automated library systems. Its flagship product offering, Millennium, is an acknowledged market leader installed in thousands of libraries in 40 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., with offices in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Source: Michigan Newswire, May 7, 2004.

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(6) Prescription for a Healthier Michigan

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom, Michigan's Surgeon General, today unveiled a new plan designed to improve the long-term health of Michigan’s citizens by focusing on strategies to prevent disease and other chronic health conditions.

“The economic and social costs associated with an unhealthy population have a dramatic impact on Michigan’s ability to compete and succeed in the 21st century economy,” Granholm said. “If we are to attract new businesses and create jobs, we have to have healthy, productive workers. Dr. Wisdom’s Prescription for a Healthier Michigan will help us start down the path to better health.”

Granholm said that over the last decade, Michigan has experienced unnecessary increases in infectious and chronic diseases, driven largely by unhealthy lifestyles. In 2002, the consequences of sedentary lifestyles cost Michigan nearly $8.9 billion in medical care costs, lost productivity, and workers compensation. In 2003, obesity-related medical costs in Michigan totaled an estimated $2.9 billion.

“Personal choices and commitment will ultimately make the difference in our individual health and the well-being of our communities,” Dr. Wisdom said. “I ask everyone to play a role in implementing the recommendations contained in the Prescription.”

In the Michigan Surgeon General’s Prescription for a Healthier Michigan, Dr. Wisdom outlines strategies that Michigan’s health care business and educational and faith-based communities should enact to ensure a healthy population.

Among the highlights:

“It is our own personal choices and commitments that will make the difference in our health and the health of our communities, allowing us to turn our focus from treating health conditions to health promotion and disease prevention,” Dr. Wisdom said. “Unless we all take greater responsibility for ourselves, our families, and our communities, Michigan’s collective health will not improve.”

Following today’s announcement, the Prescription will be distributed to local health departments, schools, and health care providers. Additionally, the Prescription will be available on the Web at

This report follows the Healthy Michigan 2010 report, the Michigan Surgeon General’s first-ever health status report that serves as the foundation of the state’s efforts to improve the well-being of the people of Michigan. The 133-page Healthy Michigan 2010 status report pointed out that in areas related to healthy lifestyles, such as physical activity, healthy weight, and good nutrition, Michigan has room for improvement.

Later this spring, the Surgeon General will debut a program that will help individuals adopt more active, healthier lifestyles.

Source: Michigan Newswire, May 4, 2004.

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(7) Michigan Documents Checklist Available Online

After a long hiatus, the Library of Michigan has compiled and released the Michigan Documents Checklist. The Checklist is a comprehensive list of all documents received at the Library of Michigan and added to the Michigan documents collection since 1995. This includes all of the titles that have been distributed to Michigan documents depository libraries in that time period as well.

You can access the checklist through our online catalog, ANSWER, at under the 'Browse New Titles' button.

The checklist is broken down into 4 components, monographs 1995-2002, serials 1995-2002, monographs 1st quarter 2004 and serials 1st quarter 2004. The latter two files are cumulated quarterly.

Print copies of the 1995-2002 and 2003 annual cumulated checklist will be available from LM through regular interlibrary loan channels. We will not produce paper copies for distribution.

Due to system limitations with III we are only going to post the current year's list, with each new post cumulating the previous quarter. The upshot is that the 2003 checklist is no longer available through our catalog, but we do have print copies that can be interlibrary loaned. Eventually I will take down the 1995-2002 lists as well, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Titles received since 2000 have a note in the bibliographic record indicating whether the title was not distributed to depository libraries, meaning they are only available in LM's collection, or distributed only to permanent depositories (Michigan State University, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Detroit Public Library).

Please feel free to contact Government Documents staff at if you have any questions about the checklist.

Source: Bernadette M. Bartlett, Michigan Documents Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo, P. O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909; Telephone: 517-373-2971; Fax: 517-373-9438; Email:; MICHLIB-L, Jan. 9, 2004.

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(8) Library or Michigan Using OCLC's Digital Archive
to Capture State of Michigan Web Information

The Library of Michigan is using OCLC's Digital Archive to harvest and preserve digital state government information. The system allows us to feed it a url and set parameters as to how deep/wide we want the harvester to travel within a website. The harvester captures the files and assigns them a unique url. This url applies only to that set of files and is the link to the archive (computer servers) which stores them. This is important as it insures that the link to the archived version of the document will never 'break', and the information is preserved even if the authoring agency removes the information from their site. PDFs work best because they are composed of a single file, which is fast and easy for the harvester to handle, but we are also able to harvest html documents as well. Our practice at this time is to only capture information that is not available in print. In other words, if we can acquire print copies to distribute through the depository system, we do not harvest/preserve the digital copy. Once the files are captured and stored, they are cataloged and a link to the archived documents is included in the bibliographic record, which is available through our catalog, ANSWER. While the system is working well for our purposes, it does have its limitations which makes the actual identification and capture of the digital information a slow process. If anyone identifies a document that they feel we should harvest/preserve, or try to acquire for the depository program, they should feel free to let us know at

Source: Bernadette M. Bartlett, Michigan Documents Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan.

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