DEPOSITORY LIBRARIANS IN THE NEWS
SEPTEMBER 2000

The Detroit Public Library has experienced more than its share of problems this year, including flood damage and now an electrical explosion. Fortunately, neither Paula Kaczmarek nor any of the documents crew have been injured during these catastrophes. However, in light of power outages and other technical difficulties related to such events, MICHGPO, the official listserv, will move to the Library of Michigan on Monday October 2, at least temporarily.

Laura Dickson, U.S. Documents Librarian at Michigan State University, has been appointed to a two-year term as a Federal Documents Task Force liaison to the Legislation Committee of ALA's Government Documents Round Table. Her appointment began in July of 2000 and will continue through the end of the ALA Annual Conference in 2002.

The Russkies are Coming, the Russkies are coming! Deborah Jakubiec, documents librarian at Livonia Civic Center Library, shared a wonderful article from the Observer and Eccentric (August 31, 2000) describing how Russian librarians visited her library (and others) to find out how American documents librarians handle U.S. government information. According to the article, the Russian Federation only started its depository program in the last two years, whereas the United States has been providing this service for over a hundred years. The visit was part of a tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and led by Grace York from the University of Michigan Documents Center. If you look at the photo accompaning the article, you can see Deborah demonstrating online searching and retrieval and see Grace in the background. But the editors should have put the article on page one instead of page six! Take a look at http://archives.oeonline.com/08-31-2000/liv.a1_3,5,6,10.8_31_2000.pdf.

Debbie Schaubman, Head of the Government Documents Library at Michigan State University, reports that the MSU Library has several bound volumes containing manuscript worksheets for the 'Federal Farm Census' for 1935 to 1959. These are township or minor civil division summaries of the individual farm data. Our holdings include years for which the farm schedules were destroyed by Congress. (Details of the authorization for the destruction of this material is given in Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bureau of the Census, p. 105.) It appears that a MSU Agricultural Economics professor requested that the Census Bureau make photostats of the worksheets for him and his classes and those photostats recently surfaced intact in the MSU Libraries. The items can be found by searching the MSU Library Catalog with the subject Agriculture -- Michigan -- Statistics. Debbie is trying to determine if anyone else has such materials in their collections. In particular, we're hoping to uncover a source for sub-county data for 1905-1930.

Cynthia Teague, former U.S. Documents Librarian at Michigan State University, reports that she has been working at the University of Minnesota library in various capacities since she left, first in the documents department and lately on a grant project to provide library services for distance students. "It has been interesting to do something besides documents -- though I must say I miss them." Her e-mail address is teagu001@tc.umn.edu.

The Godort of Michigan Bylaws Revision Committee met on September 25th at Michigan State University. Committee members include Shawn Nicholson, MSU; Maureen T. Olle, UDMercy; and Sharon Bradley, Cooley Law School.

The Godort of Michigan Awards Committee for 2000-2001 will consist of David Shirley from Central Michigan University; Steven Vest from Alma College; and Ray Dickinson from the patent depository at Ferris State University.

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