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  1. Michigan Depository Libraries Discussion Group News
  2. Michigan Database Available at Michigan State University
  3. High Court Goes Online
  4. DNR Launches Series on River Basin Assessments

(1) Michigan Depository Libraries Discussion Group News

The Michigan Depository Libraries Discussion Group, now maintained by Grace York at the University of Michigan, is similar to the national Government Documents Listserv but follows slightly different protocols.

Internet users can post a message directly to the list by sending an e-mail message to ( [Don't include the "(" or ")" which the RED TAPE Editor uses to designate e-mail addresses.] Otherwise, send a message to Grace York so she can repost the message for you; be sure to indicate in the first paragraph of your message that you would like your message forwarded to "Depository Libraries".

If you wish to be added or deleted from the list, or you wish to correct your electronic mailing address, send a message to Grace York at (

Current members as of November 1994 include:

  • Beverlee Babcock, Macomb County Library,
  • Clare Beck, Eastern Michigan University,
  • Anne Birkam, Hoyt Public Library (Saginaw),
  • Sharon Bradley, Cooley Law School Library,
  • Michaelina Brown, Detroit Public Library,
  • Sandy Calemme, University of Detroit-Mercy,
  • Carole Callard, Library of Michigan,
  • Georgia Clark, Wayne State University Law Library,
  • Doug Clore, Benton Harbor Public Library,
  • Lyn Davidge, University of Michigan,
  • Sue Davidsen, M-Link Program,
  • Dorothy Davis, University of Michigan-Flint,
  • Diana Delater, Oakland University,
  • Anne Diamond, Library of Michigan,
  • John Downey, University of Michigan,
  • Judy Field, Wayne State University,
  • Carolyn Gaswick, Albion College,
  • Richard Goerner, Michigan Tech University,
  • Lelane Hardie, Kalamazoo Public,
  • Jon Harrison, Michigan State University,
  • Cass Hartnett, Detroit Public Library,
  • Deb Jakubiec, Livonia Civic Center Library,
  • Marjory Johnston, Michigan Tech University,
  • Paula Kaczmarek, Detroit Public Library,
  • Mary Karpinski, Library of Michigan,
  • Linda Kawaguchi, University of Michigan Law Library,
  • Anne Lawhorne, Alma College Library,
  • Sally Lawler, Wayne State University,
  • Richard Maciejewski, Detroit Municipal Library,
  • Joan McDonald, Kalamazoo Public Library,
  • Kathleeen Menanteaux, Library of Michigan,
  • Diane Paldan, Wayne State University,
  • Priscilla Perkins, Alma College Library,
  • Richard Pettengill, Oakland University,
  • Darlene Pierce, Northern Michigan University,
  • Kim Ranger, Grand Valley State University,
  • Terri Rogers, Detroit College of Law,
  • Debbi Schaubman, Michigan State University,
  • Janet Schneider, Schoolcraft College Library,
  • Denise Schoene, University of Michigan,
  • David Shirley, Central Michigan University,
  • Teresa Spence, Michigan Tech University,
  • Ann Swaney, Northwestern Michigan College,
  • Sharon Tafunai, Southwestern Michigan College,
  • Cynthia Teague, Michigan State University,
  • Diane Vander Pol, Calvin College Library,
  • Richard Vettese, Grand Rapids Public Library,
  • Sister Waickman, Marygrove College Library,
  • Grace York, University of Michigan,
  • Jan Zauha, University of Michigan,

    (2) Michigan Database and Policy Analysis Available at MSU

    Accurate demographic, socioeconomic, and fiscal information is vital for grant applications, strategic planning, and community assessment. With a single telephone call to the Michigan Database and Policy Analysis Division at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR), you can access the data you need for analysis of Michigan's cities and townships. Simple and complex population profiles can be constructed with the extensive socioeconomic and demographic information in the Michigan Database. In addition to the 1980 and 1990 Census of Population and Housing, annual data from state and federal statistical agencies ensure that our customers will always have up-to-date statistics. Access to employment characteristics, income trends, business creation, and births and death records is literally available at your finger tips.

    Demographics and Housing: Baseline population and housing characteristics from the 1980 or 1990 Census of Population and Housing are crucial background information in any community profile, needs assessment, or evaluation project. Community Development Block Grants and other Housing Urban Development funding require accurate information about the condition of housing within communities. Neighborhood alliances frequently want to know waht percentage of income is spent for rent or mortgages within a census tract.

    Health: Health statistics are vital for health-related assessment, planning, and evaluation. The health statistics stored at the Michigan Database are available from 1980 to the present, permitting reserchers to avoid the "small numbers" problem for rural areas and smaller communities by averaging three years of incidence data.

    Income and Employment: Estimates of annual income and employment by major source, including per capita income and earnings by two- digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, as well as farm income and expenses are crucial for economic development. Annually updated series from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, available at the county and state level, look at average wages, major sources of earnings and employment, and changes in government transfer payments for critical programs, including Social Security, Aid to Dependent Children, and payments to nonprofit agencies. Household and family income levels help businesses looking at earnings potential and human service providers who need to understand changing incomes.

    State and Local Government Finance: Longitudinal data on local government revenues and expenditures are necessary for forecasting revenues, looking at fiscal health, and for comparing expenses between comparably sized cities or townships. Changes in State Equalized Values can quickly show how a tax base has changed. Local Unit Fiscal Reports and Property Revenues are the backbone of local government finance issues. Data from the Senate Fiscal Agency compares state appropriations for each state agency by county.

    Crime and Police: Accurate information about incidence of crime for adults and juveniles is important in looking at expenditures for human services and for crime prevention efforts. Police costs should be directly correlated to real crime statistics as opposed to perceived ones. Thirteen years of data from the Uniform Crime Reports ensure that users can look at long term trends within Michigan's communities.

    General Business Information: From companies wanting to locate a gambling casino in Isabella County to economic developers wanting to find out about automobile related companies along the I-94 corridor, SIC code data is essential. Counties look to travel and tourism as the source of new economic opportunities. The educational attainment of the work force is part of many business decisions. County Business Patterns, information from the Travel and Tourism Institute at MSU, and data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis keep the Database current.

    Education, Children, Youth and Families: Planning for families and children is done by schools, nonprofit agencies, and local governments. Data from Kids Count in Michigan, and the Michigan Departments of Social Services, Education, and Public Health canprovide your organization with profiles of children and families.

    To find out more about the Michigan Database, contact Bettie Landauer-Menchik or Steven Hughes at: Michigan State University, 321 Berkey Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1111; phone: (517) 355- 6672; fax: (517) 432-1544.

    (3) High Court Goes Online

    The Michigan Supreme Court has gone on-line as it seeks new avenues to open its strategic planning process to the public.

    The court has established a conference for the Michigan Justice project on the Great Lakes Free Net, a free, open-access computer bulletin board based in Battle Creek.

    The on-line conference will post documents the committee is working on and allow participants to leave comments. The Internet address is (

    Source: Lansing State Journal, November 21, 1994, p.3B.

    (4) DNR Launches River Basin Assessment Series

    DNR's Fisheries Division has begun analyzing the various river basins in the state to determine which dams are necessary and which are not, since they often interfere with fishing and canoeing. The first of over 40 reports released deals with the Huron River Watershed and recommends the removal of two dams in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Copies have been deposited at public libraries in Ann Arbor, Belleville, Brighton, Dexter, Flat Rock, Hamburg Township, Lyon Township, Milford Township, Pinckney, South Rockwood, and Ypsilanti. A review copy is also available at the Huron River Watershed Council Office, 1100 N. Main, Suite 210, in Ann Arbor.

    Source: Ann Arbor News clipping via Clare Beck, Eastern Michigan University Library.

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