By YOUSUF ALI, Staff Writer
Dear President Schlissel,
Your term has kindled hope within the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Indeed, our chancellor has repeatedly mentioned how you have done far more to reach out to both the Flint and Dearborn campuses than any of your predecessors. From what I can tell, you are sincere in your goal of assisting the University of Michigan’s satellite campuses. For example, I was delighted to read about your visit to our campus last month and that the Board of Regents met here also met here a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, my obligations as a student prevented me from attending these meetings and meeting you in person. Nevertheless, I would like to humbly suggest a concrete way to help Dearborn students.
The University of Michigan boasts one of the largest library systems in the country with literally millions of volumes. This is something that we should indeed be proud of as the Scientia in our motto means knowledge and only a few other institutions can claim such a vast collection of knowledge. As such, there could hardly be a greater way to show concern for the Dearborn campus than facilitating Dearborn students’ access to such knowledge.
As it is, Dearborn students can check out books from the Ann Arbor library systems, but they actually have to go to Ann Arbor to do so. I know this since I have done so several times. While this may not be difficult for me, the same cannot be said for the majority of Dearborn students. My fellow students are more likely to be from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. Consequently, many of have to work jobs in addition to a full class schedule just to pay for school. These people simply do not have the time to drive to Ann Arbor to check out books. As such, if the University of Michigan could allow Dearborn Students to have books delivered from the Ann Arbor libraries to Mardigian, that would be extremely helpful.
As daunting as this may seem, it is, by no means, impossible. In fact, there are already books going between Dearborn and Ann Arbor. It’s just that they are being returned as opposed to checked out. Additionally, the Flint campus has books being delivered directly to its circulation desk. It is only reasonable that Dearborn Students should have the same opportunity as their Flint counterparts.
As stated before, we at the University of Michigan-Dearborn are impressed by how open you are to cross-campus engagement. This has inspired real hope in many of us that things will change for the better. One of the best ways to make such change would be the establishment of a delivery system from Ann Arbor Libraries to Dearborn. President Schlissel, by working together, we can make this a reality.