U of M Health Science Librarians Get In the Spirit
Anna Ercoli Schnitzer
Health Sciences Libraries
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
In addition to our regular workload, the staff of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) of the University of Michigan have been busy with a number of charitable activities during the holiday season. Our staff members have taken part in Sponsor-a-Family, a Community Action Network program that provides services to low-income individuals. We have provided age-appropriate holiday presents as well as gift certificates for a local family of four with children ages 17,15, and 2, according to a wish-list that this group has submitted to us.
The HSL have also been active in acquiring and recycling eyeglasses in conjunction with a Lions Club project. The glasses are first sent to a nearby prison where they are cleaned and repaired by prisoners and then sent abroad to be distributed to those who need them in developing countries. Over the past three years, we have collected the equivalent of nine large boxes filled with recycled eyeglasses passed along to us by our users.
Because there has been a shortage in local Michigan food banks due to the economy, staff members have contributed to the supply by bringing in non-perishable cans of soup, beans, and other healthy food items. This has been an activity coordinated by our affiliated hospital’s patient nutrition unit.
Finally, on a continuous basis we are collecting warm clothing, including socks, gloves, hats, scarves, down jackets, and blankets—all intended for the inhabitants of our city’s homeless shelter.