JUNE 1997

Table of Contents

  1. 1997-98 Godort of Michigan Executive Board Election News
  2. Thurston Award Winner Announced
  3. Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting Minutes
  4. Registration Required for Annual Meeting

(1) 1997-1998 Godort of Michigan Executive Board Election News

It is my pleasure to announce the names of those individuals who have volunteered to run for openings on the 1997-98 GODORT of Michigan Executive Board:

Elections will be conducted on May 9th at the GODORT of Michigan Spring Meeting. If you have any questions or would also like to run for office, please contact me at (313) 833-1444 or skruger@cms.cc.wayne.edu.

Source: Susan K. Kruger, President, Godort of Michigan 1996-1997, GOVDOC-M, April 12, 1997.

(2) Thurston Award Winner Announced

The Thurston Committee has selected Sheila Nollen from Western Illinois University as the fifth recipient of the Paul W. Thurston Award. The award is being presented to Sheila for her book A Guide to Programs and Subjects in Annual Reports of Illinois State Government Agencies.

Paula Kaczmarek will be presenting the plaque to Sheila at the Federal Depository Library Conference & Depository Library Council sometime Monday morning, April 14th. We have no more specific information, but anyone going to Washington will want to be there. Since Paula knew Paul Thurston, her presentation should be especially meaningful.

To see a picture of Paula Kaczmarek presenting the plaque to Sheila, click http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/images/thur2.jpg.

To see a picture of Grace York and Carole Callard congratulating Sheila, click http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Documents.center/images/thur3.jpg.

Source: Janet Schneider, Co-chair, Thurston Committee, jschneid@scpo.lv.schoolcraft.cc.mi.us, GOVDOC-M, April 9, 1997; Thruston photograph jpegs supplied by Grace York, University of Michigan, May 5, 1997.

(3) Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting
Program Notes and Meeting Minutes
February 14, 1997

This GODORT program was held at CIESIN, the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network. CIESIN is located on campus at Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan. Needless to say, the facilities and the program were quite impressive.

CIESIN Vice-President Phil Meier first welcomed attendees to the Consortium. Marie-Elise Shams, CIESIN information specialist, then briefly summarized the day's planned activities and introduced featured program speakers.

Donna Edwards, representing GCRIO, the U.S. Global Change Research Information Office, spoke about its scope and functions. GCRIO is funded by a NASA grant and its projects are implemented by CEISIN. GCRIO responds to information requests from a wide range of global change topics. It distributes a number of publications on all aspects of global change. Many of the documents are published by Federal departments and agencies that participate in the Global Change Research Program--NASA, EPA, NSF, the Smithsonian, and Departments of the Interior and Health and Human Services. GCRIO provides reference and referral services to both domestic and foreign user inquiries (scientists, educators, planners, and students), and maintains numerous government document resources, metadata records, abstracts and othe bibliographic databases. In 1996 GCRIO received information requests from more than 90 countries and distributed more than 31,000 pieces of documentation. GCRIO's Web site address is http://www.gcrio.org.

Richard Robinson, CIESIN head of user services, gave the Godort of Michigan attendees an online demonstration featuring the CIESIN databases, its Web site [http://www.ciesin.org/], and related Consortium links. Richard took the audience through selected applications of dataset queries and offered a preview of CIESIN's prototype interactive applications. One notable CIESIN project deals with land quality indicators for the World Bank; some of the project's datasets provide "social indicators of development" and "monitor environmental progress." Many of these datasets originate from the World Resources Institute, and may be manipulated by selected variables, such as country of origin, time span, populations, etc. The data output is generally tabular in format.

Even though they are works in progress, many of CIESIN's datasets are now migrating onto the World Wide Web. The Model Visualization and Analysis Service, for example, is available at http://sedac.ciesin.org/mva/. This application is being designed to provide output for various scenarios in tabular, chart, graph, and map displays. Richard emphasized that these output data are not "truth machines," but simply projections based upon analyses of available data and manipulation of an extensive menu of variable sets.

Two other examples presented were the ENTRI System and the Great Lakes Map Server.

The Environmental Treaties and Resources Indicators database (ENTRI), available at http://sedac.ciesin.org/entri/, is a searchable relational database containing international environmental treaties, treaty summaries, treaty status files and natural resource indicators.

The Great Lakes Map Server, available at http://epawww.ciesin.org/arc/map-home.html, allows the user to interactively compose a map with select EPA site datasets and feature coverages for any local U.S. area within the Great Lakes region. In the future, additional features, datasets and functions will be added.

Prior to lunch, Marie-Elise Shams next gave a brief tour of CIESIN's facility.

In the afternoon, attendees participated in a hands-on orientation to the CIESIN Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files, utilizing IBM and Mackintosh workstations. Marie-Elise and additional CIESIN staff were on hand to assist us in the manipulation of various demographic datasets.

A big round of applause for Marie Elise and the CIESIN staff for hosting an interesting and informative program!

GODORT Business Meeting

The meeting began at 2:45 pm. Minutes from the October 11, 1996 GODORT meeting were approved.

Larry Hall gave the Treasurer's report for Michael McDonnell and disclosed that GODORT of Michigan's capital balance is now $4,730.00.

Larry asked for program suggestions in planning the upcoming Annual Meeting, tentatively scheduled for May 9, 1997. Sally Lawler mentioned an ALA Pre-Conference speaker, Marilyn Moody, who gave a presentation on "Demystifying Internet Documents." Sally offered to contact Marilyn to give us a presentation; hopefully it will be an interactive tutorial for non-documents as well as documents librarians. Tentative site is the U of M DIAD Computer Lab, in the Undergraduate Library. This program idea was readily endorsed by other members.

Sally was so impressed by Moody's work that she has been developing a web page based on some of Moody's ideas. Sally encouraged members to check out the site, http://www.libraries.wayne.edu/purdy/govtrain.html.

Discussion on Annual Program expenditures shakes out as such--estimated $1,000.00 ($250.00 honorarium fee plus speaker's expenses). This figure may be lower if Moody does not elect to stay overnight. Registration fees will probably cover the lab costs; lunch may or may not be provided in this program. Parking options at U of M were discussed, but not yet resolved. A limit of 60 program participants was set.

Depository Library Update

Paula Kaczmarek, speaking for Susan Kruger, announced that Michael Demario will talk about OWLS (Oakland/Wayne/St. Clair/Livingston Counties Regions of Cooperation) on May 20th. The tentative site for Demario's presentation is Cleary College in Ann Arbor.

Paula also announced the tentative date/location of the Michigan Council of Federal Depository Libraries Biennial Meeting. Council is targeting April 30, 1997 at the Library of Michigan, Lansing.

Paula mentioned that Jose-Marie Griffiths, chief information officer and executive director of the Information Technology Division at U of M, Ann Arbor, has been nominated by President Clinton for appointment to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). Her nomination will be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

Paula encouraged members to join State Librarian George Needham for a discussion of the new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and its implications for future Michigan library service. There will be a series of forums across the state, and advance registration is not required, except for the April 10th sessions, where space is limited. If you want to attend on that day, contact: Donna Holdridge, [Phone: (517) 373-1587; Fax : (517) 373-5700] for reservations.

Forum Dates and Time Forum Locations
February 20
3:00 - 5:00
Big Rapids Community Library
Big Rapids
February 28
10:00 - 12:00
The Library Network
March 5
2:00 - 4:00
Kellogg Community College-Mawby Center
Battle Creek
March 18
9:00 - 11:00
Public Libraries of Saginaw-Zauel Branch
March 27
1:00 - 3:00
Holiday Inn
April 10
3:00 - 5:00
Delta-Schoolcraft ISD
April 10
3:00 - 5:00
Michigan Tech University
April 10
3:00 - 5:00
Lake Superior State University Library
Sault Ste. Marie
April 30
3:00 - 4:30
Rural Library Conference
Grand Traverse Resort

Meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Minutes supplied by Maria Danna, Secretary, April 16, 1997.

(4) Registration Required for Annual Meeting

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1997
4th Floor, Shapiro Undergraduate Library
Main Campus of University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Featured Presentation
Demystifying Documents on the Internet
Marilyn K. Moody, Director of the Science
and Engineering Library, SUNY, Buffalo, NY.

Program Highlights: Searching for Government Information: What's the Difference? This will be a hands-on strategy approach to electronic searching of government documents, and teaches how documents are different from traditional reference materials. The Web Page and program are designed as a model tutorial that others can use in their own training sessions. Bring a non-documents reference librarian as your guest to learn how to apply the strategy approach at the Reference Desk.

Additional Opportunity: You are also welcome to visit the Documents Center, 2d floor, Hatcher North. Experiment with CIS Congressional Compass, STAT-USA, Statistical Masterfile, and the World News Connection.

9: 00 - 9:30 Registration - Coffee and Donuts/Bagels Turkish-American Friendship Room, 4004 Shapiro Undergraduate Library
9:30 - 11:30 Demystifying Documents on the Internet
Part One
In DIAD, 4th Floor, Shapiro (Undergrad) Library
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch on Your Own Map/Guide will be provided
1:00 - 2:30 Demystifying Documents on the Internet
Part Two
In DIAD, 4th Floor, Shapiro (Undergrad) Library
2:30 - 3:00 Annual Godort of Michigan Meeting Election, Annual Reports, Business

Need a map? Click http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/campus-maps/central-campus.html.

For parking or any other information needed, contact Larry Hall, Alma College Library, Alma, MI 48801; E-mail: lhall@alma.edu; Phone: (517)463-7227.

Registration required! Although the registration fee is only $5 per person, be sure to register because of limited space in the computer lab. Send your name, identification, and address along with a check for $5 to: Michael McDonnell, Treasurer, Waldo Library, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008.

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