Endowment created for former library director
By Lisa Brody
Doug Koschik, who retired from the Baldwin Public Library as library director on January 15, was honored by the Baldwin Public Library Board of Directors with the creation of a new named endowment fund in his honor to provide money for library building funds in perpetuity.
Koschik retired from Baldwin Library after 30 years of service, the last 10 as library director. To celebrate his retirement, the board announced the newly named endowment the Doug Koschik Endowment Fund in his honor, with initial donations of $10,700.
Library board President Melissa Mark said, “As a lasting gift in honor of Doug’s 30 years of service to Baldwin, we are pleased to announce this new endowment fund. This fund’s proceeds will further support Baldwin Public Library’s mission by providing the residents of our participating communities with opportunities and resources to learn, connect and discover.”
During his career, Koschik spent 46 years in libraries. Before being promoted to library director in 2010, Koschik served Baldwin as head of technical services and systems and as associate director of technology/technical services.
As library director Koschik was able to reverse a serious budget deficit, add the city of Bloomfield Hills as a new contract community to Baldwin's service area, make significant improvements to the physical building during phased construction projects, continue and expand on Baldwin's tradition of strong collections and outstanding programming, and create a unique relationship with the Michigan Architectural Foundation which has added to the collections and programming.
The Baldwin Public Library Trust has twenty-six named endowment funds that ensure the continuing prominence of Baldwin by enhancing areas that complement the library’s programs, materials and services. The library board of directors votes each May to withdraw a percentage of interest earnings from the named endowment funds to support the library.
To make a donation to the Doug Koschik Endowment Fund, visit baldwinlib.org.
According to Rebekah Craft, new library director, a retirement open house celebrating Koschik will be held outdoors later in 2021.