Sue Davidsen reports that the University of Michigan's School of Information will offer "U.S. Government Information: Issues, Resources, and Policy" this fall and that the course will provide 3 credits instead of 2. "In the past we were only able to spend about 15 minutes per class meeting to talk about current issues. The increase of credit hours will allow us more time to discuss how government information relates to current affairs and learn more about government information policy (or lack thereof ;-). I'll also be adding hands on searching during class time utilizing our rolling lab (32 laptops with wireless connections) so students can benefit from expert advice and the strategies of their peers.
Bibliography courses have changed drastically from when I started teaching government documents 11 years ago and they need a fresh format. I still send students into the stacks and they all leave having used the Serial Set. One of the most popular classes is historical research when we all go over to invade Grace's Documents Center and use Ames and Poore and the older finding aids.Now if I can just figure out how to get them into the Microprint!
For more information about the course, send Sue an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debbie Gallagher has submitted a Godort of Michigan Treasurer's Report for Jan.-June 2004.
Michael Samson attended the Spring 2004 Council meeting in St. Louis and reported on GPO digital initiatives to the Michigan Association of Law Librarians (MichALL) meeting on May 21st, at WSU. The presentation is posted on the MichALL web site at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/michall/presentations/index-presentations.htm
Janet Schneider reports that Schoolcraft College has a new "library director" as of July 1st : Dr. Deborah Daiek, Associate Dean Academic and Assessment Services, 210 McDowell, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152; Telephone: 734-462-4400 x5299.
Jocelyn Shaw from Hackley Public Library reports that the Documents Librarians in West Michigan met with Ann Sanders, the Regional Depository Supervisor from the Library of Michigan, on June 16 at the Hackley Public Library. The group has been meeting every 6 months or so for the last 3 years to discuss documents issues along the west Michigan coast. Ann discussed the recent developments at Detroit Public and gave an update on the State Plan.
Jocelyn Shaw also reports that the Hackley Public Library is working on a Selective Housing Agreement with Grand Valley State University. Hackley is running out of space and doesn't have climate control, but wants to keep its older documents available in their Congressional District. Since Grand Valley State University is a much newer depository and has room to grow, they have been happy to add some of the older materials to their collection.
Ann Swaney reports that "To support the ALA goal of "fostering an informed electorate in every community in America," the Northwestern Michigan College Osterlin Library will again be serving as a library outreach location for Project Vote Smart.
Doug Way reports that the Grand Valley State University Library is in the process of revising all of its webpages and the Government Documents' webpage has a new address. It can now be found http://www.gvsu.edu/library/govdoc. The new page has been updated and expanded. I would, of course, welcome any comments or suggestions. Doug's e-mail address is email@example.com.
The Michigan State University Libraries and the Library of Michigan are currently working on a project to combine their online catalogs. The MSU Libraries will maintain the Innovative Interfaces system after the project is complete.
The new version of Mirlyn, the library catalog of the University of Michigan, is now available. The new Mirlyn replaces both the MIRLYNWeb and MIRLYNClassic versions of the old system with a single web-based interface. For more information, consult this recent article in the University Record.