Retiring library director honored with new building endowment

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 10, 2021

 Former Baldwin Public Library Director Doug Koschik was recently honored with a building endowment fund created in his name.

Former Baldwin Public Library Director Doug Koschik was recently honored with a building endowment fund created in his name.

Photo provided by Baldwin Public Library Director Rebekah Craft

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BIRMINGHAM — Last month, Director Doug Koschik retired from the Baldwin Public Library after 30 years of service.

But he’s certainly not gone for good.

To celebrate his retirement, the library’s board of directors announced a new endowment fund named for Koschik. The money collected will be used to support improvements to the historical building in perpetuity.

Initial donations to the endowment have reached close to $11,000.

“As a lasting gift in honor of Doug’s 30 years of service to Baldwin, we are pleased to announce this new endowment fund,” library board President Melissa Mark, said in a prepared statement. “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.”

The Baldwin Public Library Trust has 26 named endowment funds to support programs, materials and services. The board votes each May to withdraw a percentage of interest earnings from the named endowment funds for those expenses.

Before Koschik was the library director, he filled the role of head of technical services and systems and the role of associate director of technology and technical services.

When he moved up to the helm, one of his biggest achievements was to infuse added revenue to the library’s coffers. He orchestrated the contract to add the city of Bloomfield Hills to the Baldwin Public Library’s service area and reversed a budget deficit.

He also oversaw significant building projects, like the renovation of the adult services and youth services sections of the library. That includes the creation of IdeaLab, one of the most extensive public library makerspaces  in the country.

Koschik said he’s “deeply touched and honored” that his friends and colleagues set up the fund in his name. It came as a total surprise, too.

“The fund’s designation reflects a legacy from my 11 years as Baldwin’s director, during which the building was expanded and renovated in order to improve functionality and aesthetics. I am very pleased to see the Baldwin Library make a commitment to the continuation of this tradition,” he said in an email. “In the future, if I can be of any help to the library in its endeavors, I would be happy to contribute my time.”

An outdoor retirement celebration for Koschik will be planned for later in 2021. To make a donation to the Doug Koschik Endowment Fund, visit baldwinlib.org.

The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill St. in downtown Birmingham. The library is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but curbside pickup is open for ordered materials.

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