NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
Issue 97, MAY 2003

Table of Contents

  1. MI CASE (Michigan Creative After School Experiences)
  2. E-government's Potential Falling Short in Michigan
  3. Update on Availability of Legislative Publications
  4. Map Michigan
  5. IMAGIN Conference Highlights, May 5-7
  6. State Police Roll Out New Central "Mugshot" Repository
  7. Physical Inactivity Costing Michigan $8.9 Billion
  8. Michigan Career Portal Features Online Career Information and Other Services
  9. Michigan County Population Estimates Now Available
  10. Secretary of State Office Signs to Highlight Web Address


(1) MI CASE (Michigan Creative After School Experiences)

Do you want a new way to promote your out-of-school-hours programs? Do you want to provide even better service to Michigan's children? Do you want to help demonstrate the important contribution Michigan libraries, museums, theaters, zoos, arts agencies, and nature centers are making to help children expand their horizons, develop their talents and learn in new, exciting ways?

MI CASE, the Michigan Creative After School Experiences database, can help make it happen if you take a few minutes now to share some information.

Governor Jennifer Granholm has identified after school programs for children as one of her administration's goals. The Department of History, Arts and Libraries knows that cultural organizations and libraries all across the state are already providing lots of after school, preschool, weekend and summer programs that enhance traditional education in our state. The missing link is literally a link that connects those seeking out-of-school-hours programs to those offering them.

Right now, we need your help to populate the database for its announcement by the governor's office. If you have regular after-school, preschool, weekend or summer programs available to education partners (such as schools, Head Start, youth organizations, summer camps, etc.) or to individuals (such as parents/care givers) please submit your information on the attached form on or before March 26. We need as much information as possible in the database on that date so that we can test and officially launch the database in early April. The form is also available in 3 formats at http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-18835_18893---,00.html. Please scroll to the end of the page to locate the input forms.

E-mail as an attachment to micase@michigan.gov. If you are unable to e-mail attachments please send a paper copy to Mark Hoffman, Department of History, Arts and Libraries, 702 W. Kalamazoo, PO Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-823.

Thank you!

Christie Brandau, State Librarian
William M. Anderson, Director, Department of History Arts and Libraries
Betty Boone, Executive Director, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Sandra Clark, Director, Michigan Historical Center
MICHLIB-L, March 17, 2003


(2) E-government's Potential Falling Short in Michigan

For all the talk about e-government and streamlined services, with few exceptions, Michigan's local governments are doing a miserable job of using the Internet to serve their constituents.

That's the inference of the latest survey from Cyber-state.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public and private life in Michigan through information technology.

Of the 1,858 units of local government in the state -- counties, townships, cities and villages -- only 376 have a Web presence. That works out to about one in five.

And of those 376 sites, which serve about 62 percent of the state's population, the vast majority are what Internet critics call brochure-ware -- public relations content seemingly aimed at boosting the images of the governmental units and the politicians who control them.

Cyber-state.org says roughly 81 percent of Michigan residents visit a government Web site a month.

What citizens and businesses most want from a governmental Web site is the ability to file complaints, obtain permits, buy dog licenses, pay taxes and do business with local government online instead of standing in line.

Interested in Michigan's top ten local government web sites? Cyber-state.org provides separate lists for counties, townships, and cities and villages at http://www.cyber-state.org/1_0/govt2001/mi_bestpractices.html.

For the complete article by Mike Wendland, see the Detroit Free Press, Tech Today, May 19, 2003 at http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend19_20030519.htm.


(3) Update on Availability of Legislative Publications

Due to budget reductions, the Michigan Legislature has decided to discontinue printing of

  • Daily Status (a looseleaf publication that reported on the status of legislation)
  • Session Calendars
  • Daily House & Senate Journals (as far as we know the bound annual publications will still be produced)

    The Documents Room at the Capitol will continue to print and make available to the public other publications, including House and Senate bills as introduced, enrolled bills, public acts and joint resolutions. Rental box subscribers will continue to receive these publications as usual.

    The Senate has ceased producing hardcopies of bill analyses, but the House is still printing bill analyses and supplying them to subscribers.

    The Legislature and legislative agencies will no longer receive print copies of any legislative titles.

    Source: Bernadette M. Bartlett, Michigan Documents Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909; Telephone: 517-373-2971; Fax: 517-373-9438; Email: bbartlett@michigan.gov, GOVDOC-M, April 18, 2003.


    (4) Map Michigan

    The State of Michigan has quietly released an exciting new interactive map site called Map Michigan: http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/mapmichigan/home.asp.

    The Center for Geographic Information plans to roll it out quietly and work out snags, then start making a big fanfare later in the spring. "Map Michigan" operates like Mapquest.com and Mapblast.com, except that it is Michigan only, and is based on the Michigan Geographic Framework which is infinitely more accurate that the other map sites. The accuracy comes in knowing which roads are one-way, knowing when a highway actually intersects with a cross-road (instead of being directed to turn left off an overpass!), and which planned roads were never actually built.

    The closer you zoom in, the more detail you will see, including township names which aren't possible to find on other interactive map sites. You can also see section numbers. If you click the "Identify" button, then click on the map, you will get a pop-up window with county, civil division, US congress rep, state rep, state senator, latitutde & longitude, and your township, range, section (township, range, and section are also hard to find elsewhere).

    You can also see locations of an amazing 200 or so categories of "points of interest" which you click on and off. The map database has typical tourist attractions such as parks, canoe rentals, farm markets, shopping centers, lighthouses, jetski rentals, but also has schools, libraries, licensed day care centers, cemeteries, DNR field offices, all kinds of things. There was talk of having hotels & restuarants, but I see it is not in this release. Maybe there was squabbling about who to list and how to update.

    There is a "plan a route" function (see the button on the left side of the screen) that will provide driving directions for either fastest route or shortest route. The "Maps of Interest" section contains theme maps that the CGI staff thought you may find interesting. The three available now are "boat launches", "schools," and "waterfalls".

    Planned improvements include more boat launch information including lake depths, type of fish, lake bottom composition, and how big of a boat can make it down the ramp.

    I feel the server response is on the slow side, I hope that will improve. Also, my address didn't come up right, so I emailed them. If you do "intersection search" and you live outside city limits, you have to type in the name of your township in the "place" field, not your mailing address.

    Source: Kathleen Weessies, Maps/GIS Librarian, Michigan State University, 100 Library W308, East Lansing, MI 48824; telephone: (517) 432-9669.


    (5) IMAGIN Conference Highlights, May 5-7

    Although not every government documents librarian works with maps and GIS, some do so I have decided to share with you the following report by Kathleen Weessies, Maps/GIS Librarian, Michigan State University on a recent conference she attended.

    On Monday-Wednesday May 5-7 I attended the IMAGIN conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which concerns Michigan users of Geographic Information Systems. The bulk of attendees are county, township, and city government officials who are using GIS, some utility company employees, and of course vendors. I am the only librarian. Most of the vendors are consulting and engineering firms, a couple aerial photo folks, and a sprinkling of software and hardware vendors. Local government GIS users are usually so busy scraping for funds and fulfilling their mandates that they haven't thought much about data archiving, description, or sharing. So I feel like I have something to bring to the table. In return I learn a lot about fugitive maps and datasets. Almost everything created by the local governments is what we in libraries would consider 'fugitive' so I rely heavily on personal contacts to learn about new data sets and products.

    Historic Weather Data. I've fielded a couple requests at the reference desk in the past, and had a difficult time with the online NOAA data. MSU has been quietly collecting Michigan data for years, available at http://www.agweather.geo.msu.edu/mawn/, http://climate.geo.msu.edu/, and http://nowlin.css.msu.edu/data/solar.html.

    Water Table/ Ground water data: The MSU Center for Remote Sensing is working on a water table mapping project as part of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Source Water Assessment Program that will:

    The bulk of the presentation was about collecting and working the data to compute an estimated water table depth for points at 30-meter intervals all over the state. The dataset will be made available (not any time soon) at http://data.crs.msu.edu and most likely at the State of Michigan Data Library at http://michigan.gov/cgi.

    My favorite presentation was by Ducks Unlimited, who is gathering together geographic boundary data and wetland and land cover data for all places in the Great Lakes that are protected from development. That includes conservancy lands, recreation areas, federal forests, state forests, PA116 lands, even hunting clubs. They use this to help target lands that need help turning into places where waterfowl will like to be. Wetlands that only need some extra grass. Grassland that needs more wet. That sort of thing. Ducks Unlimited seems to have $$$ available to make these projects happen, so if you would like to build a waterfowl habitat in your backyard, they may help your dream come true. This was my favorite presentation because it involved taking fragmented datasets of limited vaue and turning them into one big extra useful dataset. And I think it will be available for free distribution when it is done. Yippee!

    Editor's note: If any Godort of Michigan members attend presentations at ALA or various other conferences over the coming months, please forward highlights to the Red Tape Editor!


    (6) State Police Roll Out New Central "Mugshot" Repository

    A new statewide repository of digital images will enhance the efforts of law enforcement to make communities safer the Michigan State Police (MSP) announced on May 29th.

    The initial rollout of a central digital image repository known as S.N.A.P. (Statewide Network of Agency Photos) will create a statewide database of mugshots, scars, marks, and tattoos for law enforcement agencies. This technology, provided by DataWorks Plus LLC. out of South Carolina, will provide just one more method of matching suspects to crimes thereby aiding in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of offenders.

    According to Col. Tadarial J. Sturdivant, Director of the Michigan State Police, "Several agencies throughout the state have been capturing and storing digital images for their own jurisdictions for quite some time, however, sharing of images across jurisdictional boundaries was limited." Sturdivant went on to say, "Criminals do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries. With this new system, electronic collection and dissemination of digital criminal images will allow agencies to share information, identify suspects, and solve crimes."

    Source: Michigan Newswire, May 29, 2003.


    (7) Physical Inactivity Costing Michigan $8.9 Billion

    Cost of physical inactivity in Michigan, $8.9 billion; cost to each Michigan adult, $1,175; quality of life resulting from regular physical activity, priceless.

    A study released May 23rd by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports reports that physical inactivity in Michigan is costing $8.9 billion dollars a year including direct and indirect cost of medical care (including Medicaid), workers’ compensation and lost productivity. If current trends continue, it is expected that the cost of physical inactivity will increase by 42% to $12.65 billion by 2007.

    “When I appointed the first-ever Surgeon General for the state, I made it clear that improving the health of the citizens of Michigan was a priority for my administration,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “This study clearly demonstrates how much physical inactivity costs the state financially and we know the toll it takes on families in the form of illness and preventable deaths.”

    The study, completed by Dr. David Chenoweth of Health Management Associates of New Bern, North Carolina is a conservative estimate of the actual costs of physical inactivity. Estimates are based on 2002 data provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Medicaid data provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health.

    “Overall, the cost analysis is conservative due to several factors,” said Dr. Chenoweth. “Although it essentially captured primary medical care costs, it does not include prescription medication costs tied to specific conditions associated with physical inactivity or any costs for persons under 18 years of age.”

    “Just looking at Medicaid expenditures alone, this study estimates that physically inactive lifestyles costs the State of Michigan an estimated $69 million,” said Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, Janet Olszewski. “When you consider this is roughly equal to the cost of putting a school nurse in every public middle and high school in the State of Michigan, you can easily understand how crucial it is to work together to improve the health of our citizens.”

    According to Michigan’s 2001 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, 55.2% or 4.18 million Michiganders fail to meet the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendations for physical activity. Adults are considered to be physically active if they participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days per week. If just 1 in 20 sedentary adults became physically active, a cost avoidance of $575 million per year over the next four years can be realized. This equates to jobs for over 15,400 new employees.

    “It’s time for Michigan to make a long term commitment to promotion of physical activity and healthy living,” said Dr. Charles Kuntzleman, Governors Council Chair. “Sadly, the issue that gets our attention is the economic burden sedentary living places on our employers and state government. The real tragedy is the loss of quality of life for our citizens. Quality of life is priceless.”

    For a copy of the Executive Summary of the study, contact the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports at 1-800-434-8642 or visit their website at http://www.michiganfitness.org.

    Source: Michigan Newswire, May 23, 2003.


    (8) Michigan Career Portal Features
    Online Career Information and Other Services

    The Michigan Department of Career Development (MDCD) has announced a new online career and job information Web site, the Michigan Career Portal. Located at http://www.michigan.gov/careers, the site features online access to the Michigan Occupational Information System (MOIS), with its more than 400 complete MOISscripts, each providing comprehensive information on an occupation including education requirements, employment outlook, duties, wages, and links to other relevant resources.

    “This site combines a number of career-related resources, including job fairs,” said John Palmer, deputy director for Workforce Programs. “Information on career education, places to look for a job, and a listing of job fairs by sponsor are all combined in one location.”

    The Michigan Career Portal site is divided into six main sections: Job Seekers, Employers, Students & Parents, Education & Training, Support Services, and Online Resources.

    Job seekers can access the Michigan Talent Bank to post a resume and view job postings free of charge as well as to file an unemployment claim online. Additional resources include information on local Michigan Works! service centers, employment trends, tips on interviewing, how to write a resume, and other topics of interest.

    Items of interest to employers include the Talent Bank, for viewing resumes and posting job openings free of charge, and access to the BeeFreeway online courses (for companies with fewer than 25 employees) as well as useful information from state, federal, and commercial Web sites.

    Students and parents will find the MOIS information on occupations and resources useful, plus information on apprenticeships, careers in the military, how to get ready for college, occupational opportunity trends, colleges, standardized tests, and much more.

    The Michigan Department of Career Development is the state government agency charged with providing the skilled workforce Michigan needs to enhance and maintain its economy. To this end, the state’s career and training development agency is working with employers, K-12 schools, community colleges, and local Workforce Development Boards to develop a comprehensive career development system. For more information about the Michigan Department of Career Development, visit the department’s Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd or call 1-866-MY GOALS (voice/TTY).

    Source: Michigan Newswire, April 22, 2003.


    (9) Michigan County Population Estimates Now Available

    The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates for Michigan counties on April 17th, including new figures for 2002 and revised figures for 2000 and 2001. These population statistics are the product of a joint effort by the Population Division of the Census Bureau and the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE). The Library of Michigan serves as Michigan's representative in the FSCPE.

    These official population estimates will be widely used for planning purposes and will serve as a basis for distributing federal, state and non-governmental funds. They also provide valuable information about social and economic changes occurring in each county.

    An analysis of the new estimates, along with tables and maps (http://www.michigan.gov/census/0,1607,7-162--66114--,00.html), is available on the Department of History, Arts and Libraries’ census Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/census. Additional materials to be developed by the Library of Michigan and affiliated organizations of the state data center network will be added to this Web site as they become available.

    Source: Michigan Newswire, April 17, 2003.


    (10) Secretary of State Office Signs to Highlight Web Address

    Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has announced that branch offices signs will include the department’s Web address for now on. The move underscores her commitment to enhance efficiency and customer convenience through the greater use of online services.

    To promote fiscal responsibility and make better use of existing resources, branch office signs that now read, "Secretary of State, Candice S. Miller" will be modified to read "Secretary of State, www.Michigan.gov/sos." Only those signs in disrepair will be replaced entirely.

    Secretary Land’s emphasis on using technology to provide better service builds on the Department of State’s legacy as an Internet pioneer. The department was the first state government agency to provide online services. It remains at the forefront of customer-service delivery by constantly improving and promoting its Web-based offerings.

    The department’s most recent online achievement is the implementation of an application called "Plate It Your Way." This popular and easy-to-use program lets people know whether the personalized license plate they want has already been taken. Users can actually experiment with plate designs and see them in advance.

    "Today’s consumer is more computer oriented and welcomes the option of doing business online," Secretary Land said. "State government must keep pace with technological advances so that it can provide prompt, efficient and cost-effective service. This is especially critical at a time when the demand for services outpaces available revenue. Only by staying on the cutting edge can we continue driving Michigan forward."

    Source: Michigan Newswire, April 16, 2003.

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