Getting Started

Interested in joining Michigan Libraries for Life and hosting a registration drive in your library? Follow these steps for getting started:

1.) Register!
Registration for the 2019 drive (10/10-10/16) will open shortly. If you would like to participate, please complete this form

2.) Assign a Representative
Each participating library must designate 1 person (or more if you have a large organization or multiple branches to cover) as the official library representative. This person will receive all of the email updates, training, organize drive volunteers, share training information with the drive volunteers, and report final registration stats.

3.) Training
Your library's representative will need to attend an in-person or online training session and/or review all of the training materials on this website. Running the drive is relatively simple, but it is helpful when at least one person in your organization is able to answer basic questions about organ donation. ML4L training sessions provide the confidence to host a successful Michigan Libraries For Life program at your location. You’ll learn the basics of the donation process, hear inspirational stories about lives saved and improved, and get the answers to the most commonly asked questions. You’ll also get some great ideas for ways to make the event fun and enjoyable for your staff and patrons!
  • Friday, August 9 11:30-3:00pm - Gift of Life Michigan, 3861 Research Park Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108 (training, tour, and lunch)
  • Wednesday, August 14 2:00-3:00pm - Online webinar (recording will be available)
4.) Identify Volunteers
Some participating libraries may have enough librarians and staff to cover the shifts, but don't fret if your library doesn't! 

A few suggestions for finding additional volunteers:
  • High school students. Some students are required to complete community service hours to graduate or as part of a service group like Key Club.
  • Gift of Life Michigan has a small group of volunteers, primarily donor families, and recipients, around the state that may be able to help cover a shift.
  • FRIENDS of the library may be able to help staff your table or may be able to identify other volunteers in the community.
  • If you are working in an academic library, check with your health sciences programs. For example, one participating library had great success in partnering with their nursing students.
  • Another academic library tip: Reach out to your institution's Greek system. Many fraternities and sororities are involved in community service.
  • Boy/Girl Scouts. Some scouts strive for health badges and need to complete an activity like planning or staffing a health-related event.
  • Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Zonta Clubs, American Association of University Women, or Rotary Clubs.
  • Michigan State University Extension.
5.) Scheduling Your Drive
The 2019 Michigan Libraries for Life drive dates are October 10-16. Participating libraries are welcome to join the effort for as many hours as they are able to staff a registration table in their library, from 1 hour to the full 7 days. Depending on your ability to staff a table and your anticipated gate counts, you may want to schedule the drive during "regular" 9-5 business hours or staff a table in the evening. 

6.) Promoting Your Drive
Visit the "Promo Materials" section on this website to find a variety of flyer templates, press release, monitor slides, logos, and images to help promote your participation in Michigan Libraries for Life.

7.) Setting Up Your Table
Check out some photos of our past participant's tables on Facebook. A few things to consider for your registration table:
  • A computer connected to the internet (Use this URL to add visitors to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry)
  • A volunteer to assist registration process
  • Literature about organ, tissue & eye donation*
  • Table FAQs and materials to help volunteers answer questions*
  • Paper registration forms (in case your visitors want to think about it and send the form from home)*
  • Swag (hearts, candies, pens, etc.)*
  • Donor quilts with stands (can be reserved through Jennifer Tislerics at Gift of Life Michigan)
  • Large driver’s license poster (ready-to-print files located in "Promo Materials")

 * Gift of Life Michigan will send out materials to participating libraries starting in mid-September.
8.) Collecting Stats
In addition to the stats that are collected through the Gift of Life's website, we ask that you manually keep track of 3 types of interactions:
  • People that register at your table.
  • People that are already registered. Some people will enthusiastically run up to show you the hearts on their licenses or they will say that they are registered.
  • People that ask questions or walk away with brochures without registering at your table.
You will see a stat sheet file "Mich_lib_life_stats.pdf" in the "Promo Materials" section of this website. Using it will help your table volunteers easily keep track of stats. At the close of your drive, send Kate Saylor totals for all three types of interactions as well as the total number of hours covered.