IRON RIVER—A chance meeting between West Iron District Library director Barbara Bartel and State Representative Scott Dianda may make statewide library conferencing easier in the Western Upper Peninsula.
“When he (Dianda) walked in here during our soup sampler before the IronLine, I was showing him around the library and I mentioned to him how nice it would be if we could become part of the Michigan Library Association video conferencing,” Bartel said. That conversation resulted in Bartel being contacted by the new library association president and news that providing Upper Peninsula library staff with video conferencing is on the statewide association’s agenda.
Bartel said time, cost and staff constraints make trips to Lower Michigan for conferences difficult. She believes the infrastructure exists to allow local video conferencing.
“These conferences really are important,” Bartel said. “These are the issues about where our library is going in the future. He really has helped us get this started, and I’m very grateful for his help.”