MARCH 2002

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  1. Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting Schedules for April 4th
  2. Jennie and Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominations Sought
  3. Thurston Award Nominations Sought
  4. Godort of Michigan Officer Nominations Sought
  5. Speaking at a Godort of Michigan Meeting Can Bring You Great Results!

(1) Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting Schedules for April 4th

The Spring meeting is set for April 4th at the Cooley Law School Adminstrative Building, 9th floor

  9:00 - 9:30 - Registration, coffee & bagels
9:30 - 9:45 - Welcome, information about lunch bathrooms, etc.
9:45 - 10:45 - Laura Dickson, MSU & member of ALA Legislation Committee, she'll talk about the ALA reaction to the post Sept. 11 bills, encroachments on privacy of library records, reporting of "suspicious" activity
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:30 - Pat Corbett, Assistant Professor Cooley Law School, he'll address recent legislation like the Patriot Act, what they do and do not do. This should allow time for questions of Pat and Laura as well.
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch on your own in downtown Lansing
2:00 - 3:30 Reports, business meeting

For more information, contact Sharon Bradley, Reference Librarian for Technology Education, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, P.O. Box 13038, Lansing, MI 48901; Telephone: 517-371-5140, ext. 3307; Fax: 517-334-5709; E-mail: bradleys@cooley.edu.

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(2) Jennie and Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominations Sought

GODORT of Michigan is soliciting nominations for both the Jennie Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Jennie Award, named in honor of Jennie Cross, may be presented to a member of the Michigan documents community in recognition of current outstanding achievement or special service. Previous recipients include: Jennie Cross (1980), Paul Thurston (1983), Francis Buckley, Jr. (1985), Anne Diamond (1987), Barbara Hulyk (1990), and Jon Harrison (1995).

A Lifetime Achievement Award may be presented to a past or present member of GODORT in recognition of an exemplary career in government documents service. Four people have received this award so far: Eleanor Boyles, Richard Hathaway, June Hawthorne, and Anne Diamond.

Nominations should be submitted to: Charley Pelkey, Director-at-Large, Government Documents, Library of Michigan, P. O. Box 3007, Lansing, MI 48909-7507; Telephone: (517) 373-3033; E-mail: epelkey@libraryofmichigan.org; Fax: (517) 373-9438.

Nominations must include or be followed by a written letter of support. This letter should include name, address of the nominee, present place of employment, description of achievements or special service by the nominee, and the nominating source.

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(3) Thurston Award Nominations Sought

GODORT of Michigan is soliciting nominations for the Paul W. Thurston Award. The Thurston plaque recognizes a contribution to the professional literature by a practicing documents or other librarian which improves access to government information at the international, Federal, state, or local level. Membership in GODORT of Michigan is not required.

The contribution should have been published within the past three years. Electronic publication is acceptable. If unpublished, it should have been completed in the past three years.

Nominations must be submitted on a special form. Copies of the form may be obtained by contacting : Deborah Jakubiec, President, Reference/Government Documents Librarian, Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154; telephone: (734) 466-2481; e-mail: jakubiec@tln.lib.mi.us; fax: (734) 621-4860.

The award is presented in the memory of Paul W. Thurston, who set exemplary professional standards during his career as a documents librarian. It is the hope of GODORT of Michigan that the award will encourage others in both new and ongoing contributions to the documents literature.

Past recipients of the Thurston Award include :

  • Saundra Williams and staff of the University of Memphis for their website, Uncle Sam, Migrating Government Publications, 1998;

  • Sheila Nollen from Western Illinois University for A Guide to Programs and Subjects in Annual Reports of Illinois State Government Agencies in 1997;

  • Grace York and Sue Davidsen for their work in sharing government information over the Internet in 1995;

  • Carole Callard and the Public Services Division staff at the Library of Michigan for their efforts in compiling the five volume reference work Michigan1870 Census Index in 1993;

  • Jim Walsh and A. James Bothmer for Vital and Health Statistics Series : An Annotated Checklist and Index to the Publications of the Rainbow Series in 1992; and

  • Suzanne Schulze for her three indexes: Population Information in Nineteenth Century Census Volumes; Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes, 1900-1940; and Population Information in Twentieth Century Census Volumes, 1950-1980 in 1990.

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    (4) Godort of Michigan Officer Nominations Sought

    It is nominations time again for GODORT of Michigan. This year we have three vacancies to fill, Director at Large, Treasurer and President Elect/Program Chair.

    For more information, contact Deborah Jakubiec, President, Reference/Government Documents Librarian, Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48154; telephone: (734) 466-2481; e-mail: jakubiec@tln.lib.mi.us; fax: (734) 621-4860.

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    (5) Godort of Michigan Speaker Wins Automobile!

    Stephen Henson was our speaker guest speaker last May, a commitment he kept to GODORT of Michigan, even though he had already left the government documents world to start a new job as a technical writer. His new company allowed him time away from the office to fulfill his pledge to be our speaker. But ever a good trooper, Mr. Henson also fulfilled his pledge to speak at the Depository Library Conference in Alexandria, VA. in October 2001, even though he had to use vacation time to get away.

    Is it possible that being loyal to documents brought him the good luck? _____ Story shared by
    Paula Kaczmarek
    Manager, Government Documents
    Detroit Public Library
    5201 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit MI 48202

    I thought I'd share this story with you all. It's been a fun week!

    Last Saturday afternoon [January 2002] I came back to my apartment after running errands. There were a couple of messages on my answering machine. The one that caught my attention went something like this: "Stephen Henson, this is Brian Latham. I'm the manager of the new Bruno's. Congratulations, Mr. Henson, you won the car. Call me and we'll talk about how you can pick up your new car?."

    I thought, "Car? What car?" At first I thought a friend was playing a joke on me, but I didn't recognize the caller's voice. Plus I have an unlisted phone number, so I knew it was not a random prank call; the caller had used my full name. Then I remembered that six weeks ago I had registered for a give-away celebrating the grand opening of a new Bruno's grocery store here in Birmingham, Alabama.

    The car is a new silver Mazda Miata, 5-speed transmission, black interior. Hot! Hot!! Hot!!! I went by the store on Sunday afternoon for a picture session. The car looked great. The store manager showed me the container with all of the entry slips for the drawing. It was a 55-gallon drum stuffed tight with thousands of slips. He said that he had heard of people who had filled out dozens of entry slips. He asked me how many times I had registered. I laughed and said, "Once." He was blown away.

    But I knew I couldn't keep the car. The seat is so low that I, with my arthritic back and hip, had trouble getting in and out of the car. Two years ago, I had to trade my Eagle Talon for the same reason. So I knew that keeping the Miata would be impractical. I have been amazed by the number of new best friends that I have gained this week. Even my mother volunteered to drive it just in case my back got better at some point in the future.

    During the week I negotiated with the local Pepsi bottler and Med Center Mazda, the two sponsors of the contest. We reached an agreement that the Mazda dealer would buy the car back from me for cash.

    Thursday afternoon I went to the Mazda dealer to sign the papers and collect my check. Rob, the salesman who I had been dealing with, was on the phone so I had a couple of minutes to kill. Sitting in the showroom was a sapphire blue Miata, tan leather interior, wire wheels, totally tricked out. I began to reconsider my decision to forego the car in favor of a check. It was like the movie cliché with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on another. The angel was piously saying, "You should take the wise and prudent course. Take the check. The money will make an excellent down payment on a house." The devil was dancing around saying, "Go for the car! Go for the car! It'll be fun!!" As Rob approached, I told him, "You need to get that check in my hands quickly. I'm about to change my mind and take the car." He laughed and said. "We can drop that check in the shredder, and you can drive off in a new car. The choice is your's!" I gritted my teeth and said, "Give me the check." The little devil on my left shoulder was soooo disappointed.

    Stephen Henson

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