DOCUMENTS NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
JUNE 1997

Table of Contents

  1. Michigan Council of Federal Depository Libraries Biennial Meeting Announcement
  2. Statewide Periodicals Database Coming Soon
  3. Rep. Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, in the News
  4. Pothole Complaints A State Tradition
  5. Seniors Can Surf Medicare Web Site to Ask Questions, Get Information
  6. Michigan Vaccination Registry Announced
  7. State Register of Sex Offenders
  8. Michigan Administrative Code in the News
  9. LOM Offering Documents Orientations
  10. Public Printer to Speak at Concordia College


(1) Michigan Council of Federal Depository Libraries
Biennial Meeting Announcement

The Biennial meeting of the Michigan Council of Federal Depository Libraries will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 1997 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Library of Michigan, Fourth Floor North meeting area.

Agenda

9:30   Coffee/Registration (pre-registration not required)

10:00  Information Policy Issues for the 21st Century - Dr. Jose-Marie
       Griffiths, Member NCLIS

11:00  Reports from Washington, 1997 Federal Depository Libraries
       Conference/Depository Council Meeting - led by conference attendees

12:00  Lunch (on your own)

1:30   Regional Services to Selective Depositories - Paula Kaczmarek,
       Detroit Public Library and Ann Marie Sanders, Library of Michigan

2:00   Discussion of Michigan Plan for the Federal Documents Depository
       Library System and revisions to Appendix E - Michigan Depository
       Library Council Members

3:00   Announcements and issues from the field/open discussion
Source: Bernadette M. Bartlett, Documents Outreach Coordinator, Library of Michigan, Collection Management Services, 717 W. Allegan, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909; E-mail: bbartlet@libofmich.lib.mi.us; Phone: 517-373-2971; Fax: 517-373-3381; GOVDOC-M, April 14, 1997.


(2) A Michigan Online Periodicals Database Coming Soon

The Library of Michigan has solicited proposals from qualified vendors for a statewide periodicals access project. The goal of the project is to provide all types of libraries in Michigan with access to a core group of full text databases, indexes, abstracts and other library resources via the World Wide Web. The participants include public, school (K-12; public and private), academic (community college, four year institutions, and graduate degree granting institutions; private and public), and special (corporate, hospital, nonprofit organizations and private research institution) libraries. The databases and other services in this project must include materials useful to the clients and students in each of these settings.

There are 386 public libraries with approximately 680 separate locations (main libraries, and branches), 150 college, university and community college libraries, 160 special libraries, and 700 school libraries which could potentially be involved in this program. (These numbers are based on the listings in the 1996-1997 Directory of Michigan Libraries.)

The databases should be made available to these libraries on an unlimited basis over a specified period of time, that is, not limited by number of simultaneous users or by number of sessions initiated.

It is the intent of the Library to begin this service on July 1, 1997. The project will be funded through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, which are expected to be approved this session by Congress and to be available for expenditure October 1, 1997.

Source: George Needham, Director, Library of Michigan, April 1, 1997.


(3) Rep. Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, in the News

Liberals worry about government invading people's bedrooms. U.S. Rep. Joseph Knollenberg wants to get government out of people's bathrooms. Knollenberg has introduced a bill to repeal a 1992 law that set allowable toilet-water flushing levels at 1.6 gallons per flush. Although designed to conserve water and reduce sewage-disposal costs, that law has actually ended up using more water instead, since it may require two or three flushes to get the job done. Plus, it has helped created black market for older toilets! The law in question : the Energy and Conservation Act of 1992.

Source: Detroit Free Press, March 22, 1997, p.1A.


(4) Pothold Complaints A State Tradition (Humor)

Mark Twain once took a trip to Michigan. At the time of Twain's visit, some roads were constructed of wooden planks. The idea behind that, I suppose, was that wooden planks beat mud as a road surface.

When he arrived at his destination, Twain was asked how he had enjoyed the trip, which had been in a coach on the plank road. Twian replied, in effect, that it would have been a dandy trip, had not some rascal seen fit to throw a plank across the road every few feet. This may well have been the first instance of someone in the media complaining about Michigan roads, but it certainly won't be the last.

Some states await the return of specific birds. Pennsylvania keeps an eye out for a groundhog. But here in Michigan, the first sign of spring is the proliferation of highways, and the sudden appearance of Gigantus Carswallowus, the deadly Michigan pothole.

Large enough to devour some compact cars, Gigantus is both a source of terror and pride for Michigan residents. Although we cringe at each thud and weave about the road madly in a desperate attempt to avoid at least some of the baleful breed, a stop at any watering hole or diner where the locals hang out will reveal several groups sharing stories of "the pothole that almost got me".

Chests puffed out with pride, arms swinging in expansive gestures, Michiganians will regale each other with stories of near misses, cars disappearing off the road in front of them, and groceries flying through the car as it became airborne after hitting yet another pothole. There is anger in some their voices, yes, but there is also more than a hint of pride, the sort of pride you will hear in the voices of those who watched a volcano erupt and lived to tell the tale. Still, there is comfort in the traditions of home, a bond formed from shared danger, and our potholes give you something to be smug about when your cousin from California talks about earthquakes or mudslides.

So tonight, as you sip one at your favorite bar, or exercise at your health club, or sit at home wondering how you're going to pay for a new axle on the family car, reflect on the fact that your ancestors had the same complaints about potholes that you do, and that your trip would have been a lot smoother if only some rascal hadn't seen fit to pour some concrete on the road every few feet.

Source : Charles E. Perry, Northville, Detroit Free Press, March 22, 1997, p. 6C.


(5) Seniors Can Surf Medicare Web Site
to Ask Questions, Get Information

Seniors seeking information on Medicare can now find it on the Internet.

Health Care Services, the Medicare contractor for Michigan and Illinois, has designed a Web site called Medicare and You to help serve the rapidly growing number of seniors who now have personal computers. Seniors are the second-largest consumers group currently buying personal computers, studies show.

The site, which has been up for about five months, contains information about the benefits structure, how claims are processed, and coverage issues.

There is a question-and-answer area for seniors to post their specific questions.

Seniors who have access to a computer, as well as access to the Internet, can reach the site, which is user-friendly, with icons to guide users through information.

For seniors who don't know computers or the Internet, Health Care Services will give free presentations to senior groups on how to use the Web site.

To access the Health Care Services Corporation medicare site, click http://www.medicareinfo.com.

Source : Dell Warner, Detroit News, Cyberia, February 21, 1997; http://www.detnews.com/cyberia/sites/970221/seniors/seniors.htm


(6) Michigan Vaccination Registry Announced

Starting April 1, 1997, doctors, hospitals, public health clinics, and others will be linked to a statewide electronic database that will eventually record all Michigan vaccinations from birth to age 20.

Michigan placed its immunization network plans on the fast track last year after a federal study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked the state worst in the nation for immunizing 19- to 35-month-olds. At that time, the state's immunization rate for that age group was 61%.

Last month, the CDC came out with a new report showing that in 1995, 70% had been fully immunized. A more recent state study examining 1996 rates put the figure at 74%.

When completed, the immunization registry will record all licensed vaccinations, including those that prevent diseases such as whooping cough, polio, measles, rubella, and chicken pox.

The first region going online will be southeast Michigan. In April, it will only include immunization records for the Livingston County Health Department and a private Washtenaw County provider. Until all the bugs are worked out, the system will be limited to these two facilities.

The state's southwestern region is expected to go online next. All six regions will be online by the end of the year.

Health professionals will be able to enter the system by computer, telephone, or fax. Doctors will be able to use the information in the registry to mail reminders when a child is due for a shot. The system should also eliminate confusion caused when a person switches health care providers.

Source : Detroit Free Press, March 27, 1997, pp1B and 3B.


(7) State Register of Sex Offenders

A public list naming criminal sex offenders and where they live is theoretically available today, April 1, in every police department in the state.

Michigan's registry contains the names of people convicted of everything from child molestation, to rape, to incest, to having sex with a minor. The names remain on the public registry for 25 years, or for life if the person is a repeat offender.

In 1994, the state legislature passed the Sex Offenders Registration Act, which lists sexual offenders, convicted or on parole on or after Oct. 1, 1995. The list is only available to law enforcement officers.

Last year, the Legislature amended the law that would a allow a less-detailed version of the list to be available to the public.

State Register for Sex Offenders details:

Source: Detroit Free Press, April 1, 1997, p.1B and 8B.


(8) Michigan Administrative Code in the News

At the most recent meeting of the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on Libraries, Legal Research and Publications, Roger Peters reported on the progress of Internet access to State Legislative Information through the Library of Michigan Home Page.

Unfortunately, since the focus of the project is providing information to the Legislature, the Michigan Administrative Code falls to the bottom of the list. Many of the materials that are higher on the current priority list are available to Librarians via Lexis, Westlaw, Questor, etc.

After the Librarians present expressed their concerns about the need to be able to access the Michigan Administrative Code in a more efficient manner than the current published version, it was suggested that we express that concern by writing letters on our Law School Library, Court Library, or Law Firm letter heads. The person that we have been able to identify to write to is Bill Fuller of the Legislative Service Bureau. He is a representative on the committee that is directing this project. Soooooooo - if you're willing, please send him a letter at P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909 and let him know how wonderful it would be to be able to access the Michigan Administrative Code in a manageable manner, (preferably on the Internet). It was suggested that the same letter could be sent to your State Representative and Senator.

Source: Kathy Vance, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, 800 Calder Plaza Building, 250 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2250; Voice: (616) 831-1875; Fax (616) 831-1701; E-mail: vanceka@mlc.lib.mi.us or 7309274@mcimail.com; MICHALL, April 8, 1997.


(9) Library of Michigan Offering Documents Orientations

Three dates have been selected by the Library of Michigan for documents orientation sessions. Each session will provide a basic overview of the technical and public services aspects of running both federal and state depository libraries, as well as an overview of the State Data Center program. Document Librarians and staff are invited to attend, but the target group is not limited to documents librarians and staff. Anyone who comes into contact with documents in the course of their jobs, such as reference librarians or catalogers, or perhaps even their supervisors, may want to attend these orientation sessions. The LOM again stresses that you don't need to be a documents librarian to attend; so don't be shy.

The 3 dates selected are May 15, June 13, and July 8. All are currently scheduled for the Library of Michigan, although the June 13th site may be changed to the University of Michigan. Registration is required.

To sign up for one of the orientations or if you have questions, you may phone Ann Sanders at (517) 373-9489 or Charley Pelkey at (517) 373-3033 or send an e-mail to govdoc@libofmich.lib.mi.us.

Source : Charley Pelkey, Library of Michigan, PO Box 30007, 717 W. Allegan St., Lansing, MI 48909; fax: (517) 373-9438; e-mail: cpelkey@libofmich.lib.mi.us; GOVDOC-M, May 5, 1997.


(10) Public Printer to Speak at Concordia College

You are invited to attend the OWLS (Oakland Washtenaw Wayne Livingston St. Clair Library Network) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 1997 at 1:00 pm at Concordia College. Michael F. DiMario, Public Printer of the United States will speak on the topic: Future of Government Printing in an Electronic Format.

Please R.S.V.P. by May 13 to Irene Bakowski, The Library Network, 33030 Van Born Road, Wayne, MI 48184 or fax to (313) 326-3035. There is no charge, but seating is limited.

You may also contact me at Oakland Schools (810) 858-1969 or email me if you wish.

Source: Jennie Cross, Oakland Schools, Library Services, phone: (810) 858-1969; e-mail: jbellec@aol.com.

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