Drove to/from Mt Pleasant and Big Rapids. Spent 2.5 hours with librarian. Conducted inventory of historical collections, reviewed building environment, her processes, challenges re preserving and making accessible historical collections for public research. Wrote and edited a report of the collections, library with recommendations to help her apply for a MSHRAB Saving MI History grant in future. (8 hours spent on writing, editing report, finding resources).
Site visited located government records nobody knew existed in Big Rapids. This helps the State Archives. I learned about her collections and concerns and will continue to advise, provide support, and answer questions. Big Rapids and librarian and historic collections and researchers benefit from historic collections being better preserved and made accessible. If she follows the recommendations she should qualify for a grant and increase collaborative activities.