DOCUMENTS LIBRARIANS (AND LIBRARIES) IN THE NEWS
Issue 101, JANUARY 2004

Monique Andrews is the new coordinator of government documents for the Wayne State University Purdy/Kresge Library and the Science and Engineering library as of November 11, 2003. Her previous documents experience includes serving as the Michigan documents coordinator at the William P. Faust Public Library of Westland. Like many librarians, Monique has multiple responsibilities. In fact, her official title is Urban Issues Librarian. She is also reponsible for collection development and liaison for the Department of Urban Planning and the Geography Department at Wayne State and is responsible for the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection at Wayne State. Give her a call at (313) 577-5037 and congratulate her on her new position! Or send an e-mail to ag3808@wayne.edu.

Ray Dickinson at Ferris State University will be hosting Public Printer Bruce James for a tour of the Ferris State University depository on January 29.

Stephen Lambers, Diane Vander Pol's precedssor at the Calvin College Library, died on the evening of November 20, 2003, after suffering a heart attack. He had been a reference and government documents librarian at Calvin for about 25 years prior to his retirement in 1992. During his career he served on the Michigan Council for Federal Depository Libraries. Among his many professional interests was genealogy, and he developed and maintained an extensive file of anniversary and obituary announcements gleaned from denominational periodical publications. In his retirement he continued his professional interests by doing volunteer projects for the library and the college archives.

Grace York, head of the University of Michigan Documents Center, announces the availability of Elections 2004. Choosing a Presidential candidate this coming week? Sample their web sites, complete political biographies, voting records, campaign finances, and polling numbers. You can compare them to yourself on the issues. If you ultimately decide you want to run for the presidency, there's advice on how to do it. Check out your competition for statewide offices if you are a little less ambitious. Want to know more about the issues? There are links to the 9/11 Commission hearings, projected federal budget deficit, No Child Left Behind Act, and Congressional debates prior to the Iraq War. Plus there are the usual academic research tools: National Election Surveys, spreadsheets of previous presidential and congressional elections (campus-licensed), and Boolean protocols for political science journal indexes.

The Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch at 244 West Michigan Ave, Jackson, MI will close February 3rd for asbestos abatement activities. Federal and Michigan documents will be unavailable until 9:30 a.m. Monday, February 23rd. During this time, reference service will be available by calling 517-788-4087. Residents of the 7th Congressional District will continue to have access to government information through GPO Access, Jackson District Library online catalog and the other Federal Depository Libraries in the area: Albion College and Library of Michigan. Source: Nancy Buckland, Reference/Government Documents, Jackson District Library.

The Library of Michigan Public and Technical Services Division has an opening for a Reference Librarian. Job responsibilities include: Coordinate the Library of Michigan's circulation activities and provide general reference services to patrons using the Library's special collections. Responsible for all Circulation Desk activities, including the supervision of student assistants staffing the desk. Provide assistance to researchers using the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection of family and local history materials, federal and Michigan government documents, Michigan Collection and general Reference Collection. Develop and present outreach and training programs that are designed to promote the Library's unique resources and collections. Responsible for answering reference questions received at the service desks, by phone, mail or email. This position includes evening and weekend hours. For more information, see Job Posting. Deadline to apply: February 27, 2004.

The University of Michigan-Flint has notified Superintendent of Documents Judy Russell of its desire to relinquish its depository status. In a letter dated January 19, 2004, Director Robert Houbeck indicated that the library "has concluded that remaining in the Federal Depository Library Program is not in the best interests of this institution, nor of the federal government , which deposits material here for public use." As of February 2, GPO staff were still in the process of ceasing shipments to the library. Depository libraries throughout the state will be kept informed when materials from the University of Michigan-Flint collection are available to fill other collection gaps. Source: Ann Sanders, Library of Michigan.

The U. S. Government Printing Office, Office of Information Dissemination/Superintendent of Documents has multiple managerial opportunities for interested candidates. This office is responsible for keeping the public informed about the activities of its Government by providing free or low-cost access to information published by the U. S. Congress, Federal agencies and the Federal courts. Applications are due by February 17, 2004 for 14 positions, including directors for:

  • acquisitions and development
  • bibliographic services
  • cost recovery program
  • education and development
  • library program planning
  • marketing
  • planning
  • preservation
  • storage and distribution
    To view complete job announcements for these vacancies, as well as the others, and for additional information, please visit our website at http://www.access.gpo.gov/employment/. Source: Judy Russell (jrussell@gpo.gov), Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office; Phone: 202-512-0571; Fax: 202-512-1434; GOVDOC-L, Feb, 3, 2004.

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