GODORT OF MICHIGAN NEWS
Issue 102, March 2004

Table of Contents

  1. Godort of Michigan Meeting Announcement
  2. Special Thanks to All Who Have Volunteered
  3. Jennie and Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominations Sought
  4. Thurston Award Nominations Sought
  5. Eleanor Boyles Professional Development Award


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Announcing the GODORT of Michigan Spring Conference/Meeting!

(1) Godort of Michigan Meeting Announcement

Shawn Nicholson has put together a spring meeting for Godort of Michigan entitled: CGI, GIS, DOQ, and PDQ: An Acronymic Primer.

The aim of this program is simple: To remind us of the wonderfully rich resources available in maps, mapping agencies, and data tools. Please mark your calendars for May 6th and plan to attend.

The speakers:


The details:
Where: Library of Michigan, Lake Ontario Room
Directions: Map
When: Thursday, May 6, 2004
Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; the program from 9:30-12:30; lunch from 12:30-2:00 p.m.; and the Godort of Michigan business meeting from 2:00-3:15
Cost: Members pay $10, students $5, and non-members $15.
Deadline: Friday, April 30
Registration: Send payment and registration information to Debbie Gallagher, Treasurer, 2713 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2427. Include name, addresss, and e-mail address.


(2) Special Thanks to All Who Volunteered

Shawn Nicholson extends his thanks to all who volunteered to fill the various empty Godort of Michigan offices. He will be sending out a ballot soon which will be voted on at the Spring Meeting on May 6, 2004 at the Library of Michigan.

And we should extend Shawn Nicholson our thanks for serving as Program Chair for an extra year.

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(3) 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), Jon Harrison (1995), Ann Sanders (2003), and Paula Kaczmarek (2003).

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, Anne Diamond, and Grace York.

Nominations should be submitted to: Shawn W. Nicholson, Head, Government Documents Library, Michigan State University, 100 Main Library, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1048; Telephone: (517) 432-6123, ext. 111; E-Mail: nicho147@mail.lib.msu.edu; Fax: (517) 432-1191.

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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(4) 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.

For more information, contact Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Library, University of Michigan, 203 Hatcher North, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205; Telephone: (734) 936-2378; E-Mail : graceyor@umich.edu; Fax : (734) 764-0259.

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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    (5) Eleanor Boyles Professional Development Award

    Interested in attending a conference related to government documents or information? Godort of Michigan may have an award of interest to you. The Eleanor Boyles Professional Development Award, named in honor of a former head of the Government Documents Library at Michigan State University, may be presented to a GODORT of Michigan member in support of professional development activities related to government documents librarianship.

    According to the Godort of Michigan bylaws, up to two awards may be offered during any given GODORT of Michigan membership year. The maximum grant total can be no greater than $350, and no grant should exceed the cost of the event.

    For more information, contact: Shawn W. Nicholson, Head, Government Documents Library, Michigan State University, 100 Main Library, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1048; Telephone: (517) 432-6123, ext. 111; E-Mail: nicho147@mail.lib.msu.edu; Fax: (517) 432-1191.

    Other possibilities include: ALA Godort Awards and AALL.

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