GODORT OF MICHIGAN NEWS
JUNE 1998

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  1. Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting Minutes
  2. Geographic Area Meetings
  3. 1998 Thurston Award Winner Announced


(1) Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting Minutes, April 29, 1998

Special thanks to the Jackson District Library for hosting the Godort of Michigan Spring Meeting on April 29, 1998.

Barbara J. Clayton, of the U.S. Census Bureau, gave a presentation on NAICS. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is in the process of replacing the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. It was developed in cooperation with Statistics Canada and Mexico's INEGI. NAICS, when implemented, will provide for comparable statistics between the three NAFTA trading partners.

NAICS industries are identified by a 6-digit code, in contrast to the 4-digit SIC code. The longer code accomodates the larger number of sectors and allows more flexibility in designating subsectors. It also provides for additional detail not necessarily appropriate for all three NAICS countries. There are 350 new industries being separately recognized for the first time with the implementation of NAICS. A few examples include warehouse clubs, pet supply stores, cable networks, HMO medical centers, and casinos.

For more information, consult the NAICS portion of the Census Bureau web site at http://www.census.gov/naics, call Dr. NAICS (1-888-75NAICS), or send send an e-mail to naics@census.gov.

In the afternoon Ann Sanders of the Library of Michigan demonstrated Michigan Legislative and Legal Information on the Web. The two major sites demonstrated were the Michigan Administrative Code web site at http://www.state.mi.us/execoff/admincode/about.htm and the Michigan Legislature web site at http://michiganlegislature.org/.

Paula Kaczmarek also reported on the recent Depository Library Council in Washington.


General Business Meeting by Sharon Bradley

  1. The meeting was called to order by Larry Hall at 2:05pm.

  2. The minutes of the December 5, 1997 meeting were read by Sharon Bradley and approved, unanimously.

  3. A Treasurer’s Report was presented by Michael McDonnell. Per Michael's request, Jon Harrison switched the CD funds to the regular bank account in January. Bank charges have been reduced because of a switch to business class account which permits 150 transactions per month but must maintain $3000 balance. The deposit of proceeds from the CD ensures that we will maintain the minimum balance. In response to a question about a gift expense, Michael noted that Godort of Michigan sent a a potted plant by FTD to Francis Buckley when he was appointed as Superintendent of Documents.

  4. New Business. Paula Kaczmarek solicited program ideas for the upcoming year, Godort of Michigan's 20th anniversary year. Grace York suggested inviting Fran Buckley, the Superintendent of Documents, to visit. Paula informed the group that Mr. Buckley was prohibited from accepting travel or food reimbursement, but if he was already in the area he might accept a speaking engagement. There is interest in having a 20th anniversary celebration of some sort. Judy Field suggested publicizing the event with a notice in the MLA newsletter. Debbi Schaubman inquired whether anyone would like another program on the United Nations or European Union. Speakers are available for a fee. The possibility of having a session on the harmonized tariff schedules was suggested.

  5. Old Business. Grace York asked about status of the Thurston Award Committee. It is alive and well according to Sue Krueger and an announcement about a new winner is forthcoming. Paula Kaczmarek asked about sending Jenny Cross, one of the founders of Godort of Michigan, congratulations on her retirement and the group unanimously approved.

  6. Elections were conducted by Larry Hall. Margo Zieske was elected President-Elect; Janet Schneider Director-At-Large; and Debbie Gallagher Treasurer.

  7. Miscellaneous Announcements. Carole Callard is recuperating from a broken ankle in Ann Arbor and Grace York is going to be honored at the annual ALA CIS breakfast.

  8. A motion to adjourn was unanimously approved and the meeting adjorned at 2:37p.m.


Executive Board Meeting

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(2) Geographic Area Meetings

The State Plan for providing federal government information to the citizens of Michigan is undergoing extensive revisions in order to work well in the electronic information environment. The "Michigan Plan for the Federal Documents Depository Library System" was the first in the nation in 1982 and was last revised in 1993. It guides the federal depository libraries in Michigan in providing documents, information, service, and can be read at http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/publications/feddeplibbklt.html. The working draft for the latest revision can be viewed at http://www.libofmich.lib.mi.us/services/mifedplan.html.

The Plan creates the Michigan Council of Federal Depository Libraries to interpret and monitor it. Current members of the MCFDL are Kelly Eastwood, Northern Michigan University; Michael McDonnell, Western Michigan University; Janet Schneider, Schoolcraft College; Paula Kaczmarek, Detroit Public Library; and Ann Marie Sanders, Library of Michigan. Anne Birkam, Public Libraries of Saginaw, is the GODORT of Michigan representative. The Council is soliciting remarks, requests, and suggestions from the library community in the state.

Geographic area meetings will take place in the spring in four locations, and the State Plan revision will start the agenda. Meetings are set for

Librarians and patrons are invited to communicate with their local depository library, a member of the MCFDL, or to attend one of the area meetings. Further information is available from Paula Kaczmarek at the Detroit Public Library at 313-833-1025 or via e-mail at govdoc@detroit.lib.mi.us or Ann Marie Sanders at the Library of Michigan at 517-373-9489 or via e-mail at govdoc@libofmich.lib.mi.us.

If received, reports about the geographic area meetings will be posted in the next issue of RED TAPE.

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(3) 1998 Thurston Award Winner Announced

GODORT of Michigan is pleased to announce that Saundra W. Williams and staff have been selected to receive the 1998 GODORT-Michigan Paul W. Thurston Award. The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the professional literature that improves access to government information at the international, federal, state or local level.

The winner of this year’s award is Uncle Sam’s Migrating Government Publications. The URL for it is http://www.lib.memphis.edu/gpo/mig.htm. This Web page has been a real asset to documents librarians and their customers to follow those items from paper to electronic format.

C&RL News Reviews ( http://www.lib.cwu.edu/~samato/IRA/jan98.html ) said, "Uncle Sam is a valuable starting place for students or faculty in subjects that rely heavily on government publications, and it is an excellent resource for librarians who need to locate government information in a reference setting. Its consistent, uncluttered look, good organization, and comprehensiveness all work together to provide access to information previously available only at depository libraries. Highly recommended for all libraries".

Saundra W. Williams was born in Oklahoma and graduated from Vanderbilt University’s library school in 1977 and has served as Head of Government Publications for the Regional Depository Library at the University of Memphis since 1980. She was instrumental in the designation of the University of Memphis as Tennessee’s regional depository in 1990.

All of us in Michigan are pleased to give the Paul W. Thurston Award to Saundra Williams and her staff who have made a contribution that is used on a daily basis since its debut in March of 1996.

GODORT-Michigan presents the award in memory of Paul W. Thurston, who set exemplary professional standards as founding editor of its newsletter, Red Tape, as contributor to several bibliographic projects, GODORT-Michigan hopes to encourage others in both new and ongoing contributions to the documents literature.

You can send your congratulations to Saundra W. Williams and staff to willias@cc.memphis.edu.

Source: Susan Krueger, SusanK3157@aol.com, GOVDOC-M, May 14, 1998.

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