GODORT OF MICHIGAN NEWS
Issue 106, November 2004

Table of Contents

  1. Godort of Michigan Fall Meeting Announcement
  2. Jennie and Lifetime Achievement Awards Nominations Sought
  3. Thurston Award Nominations Sought
  4. Eleanor Boyles Professional Development Award


(1) Government Documents Awareness via Rich Site Summary (RSS):
Aggregation and Syndication of e-Government Resources
in Real-Time Using XML

Registration form: click here.    Map and directions: click here.

This is the first GODORT of Michigan (GODORT-M) meeting of the year. It is co-sponsored by the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) and Westlaw. Westlaw will be providing breakfast and parking. The WSU Library System and Law School donated the use of the auditorium and computing equipment.

As RSS, a dialect of XML, is becoming a standard feature in browsers, blogs, web sites, and advanced ILS, this program will be an intro to this new technology, its use and future potential for real-time awareness of government information (federal, state, local).

Date: December 10, 2004, 8:00 am - 4 pm

Location: Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, WSU Law School

Program highlights:

8:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00 Welcome & introductions

9:10 Real-time Internet aggregation and syndication with RSS

Presenter: Michael Samson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library
Presentation outline: This will be an overview of the meta language that allows aggregation and syndication of new Internet information in real time.
9:30 Blogging : one librarian's story

Presenter: Sabrina Pacifici, LLRX and beSpacific founder, editor/publisher and manager
Presentation outline: This will be a 'hands-on' development, implementation and management of focused, customized blogs for your specific user communities; it will provide you with tips, tools and techniques to leverage news, sources, and other data in order to make your blog a success; Sabrina will also show you how to effectively market valuable awareness services in real time.
10:30 RSS feeds to Congressional Record & Federal Register via West's IntraClip

Presenter: Katherine Lowry, Manager, Librarian Relations, Westlaw
IntraClip is a powerful awareness service alerting Westlaw subscribers to important legal developments. This presentation will introduce a new feature of the IntraClip: the RSS feed. Since summer 2004 IntraClip has been offering Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds from all Westlaw databases. Katherine will show you how to setup West IntraClip for producing customized database searches for delivery of results inr eal time via RSS feeds. This 'hands-on" demonstration will show you, step by step, how to create, format, authenticate, and add cusotmized Congressional Record & Federal Register RSS feed searches to your preferred RSS reader.
11:10 'NewsMaster"-ing e-Government: toolkit for electronic government information dissemination with RSS

Presenter: Michael Sampson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library
Presentation outline: This will be a 'hands-on' RSS tools session. RSS feeds will be created, added and brought to the audience in real time. XML templates for RSS syndication, with embedded instructions, will be introduced and explained. Clients, server based and browser enabled aggregators, conversion tools, RSS directories and RSS search engines will be introduced and serveral will be demonstrated. At the end of this presentation government documents librarians will have an understanding of RSS feeds and be able to use the RSS XML provided templates and toolkit for syndicating government documents information via web sites, wikis, e-newsletters, "govblogs" and also use a variety of aggregators and RSS enabled browsers for monitoring RSS feeds produced by federal, state and local government web sites.
Noon - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 GODORT-M and MichALL business meetings

2:15 Updates from the Fall Regional Depository Libraries meeting

Presenter: Ann Marie Sanders, Head, Government Documents, Library of Michigan
2:45 Updates from the Fall 2004 Federal Depository Libraries Conference and introduction of two new Michigan blogs

Presenter: Michael Samson, government documents librarian, WSU Arthur Neef Law Library
3:15 Tour of the Arthur Neef Law Library

4:00 Adjournment & evaluations

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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), 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: Hui Hua Chua, Michigan State University, 100 Main Library, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1048; Telephone: (517) 432-6123, ext. 109; E-Mail: chua@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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(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.

For more information, contact : Hui Hua Chua, Michigan State University, 100 Main Library, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1048; Telephone: (517) 432-6123, ext. 109; E-Mail: chua@mail.lib.msu.edu; Fax: (517) 432-1191.

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) 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: Hui Hua Chua, Michigan State University, 100 Main Library, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1048; Telephone: (517) 432-6123, ext. 109; E-Mail: chua@mail.lib.msu.edu; Fax: (517) 432-1191.

    Other possibilities include: ALA Godort Awards and AALL.

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