March 2001

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Newsletter of the WLA Government Information Round Table

March 2001

From the Chair

Well, here we are, all getting whiplash from transitioning gradually to a more electronic Federal Depository Library Program, a more electronic state government, and a more electronic DSRT. We can now even play the state lottery online. Can government information and services that actually help people to live happier lives be much far behind? Nostalgically, I am going to use paper, which only a few millennia ago seemed such a poor substitute for clay tablets, to introduce myself as current chair—come on, some of you must have voted for me—of the Document Services Round Table. But this report might go up on the DSRT website, anyway, when I get around to it.

 

DSRT and the other parts of the WLA apparatus have several purposes, but one of the most important is that they provide a pretext—through conferences, meetings, and other collegial interactions—to set aside some time in which can we actually count the alligators and see how far forward the swamp seems to extend. There may even be times when these organizations help us decide that the "swamp" is actually a wetlands housing rare and beautiful reptiles and amphibians. And that our mission is not to drain it, but preserve it—in whatever time that we can spare from not being eaten by alligators.

Now, about last year. Let me tell you: Last year was exceptional. Lloyd Velicer and the planning committee (Arden Rice Sujewicz, Maggie Ernst, Mary Hayden, Stephanie Ryan, and I) put together a great Spring Documents Day, sponsored two days of workshops on GPO Access, brought an out-of-state speaker to WLA, set up a web site, etc. No way we can follow that act. Wait until next year, when Stephanie takes over as chair.

Not that we won't have worthwhile activities. We will have spring Documents Day on Friday, June 1, with a variety of stimulating speakers and news from the frontlines. And—Lloyd Velicer has agreed to handle the "local arrangements" for Spring Documents Day, including the vital task of selecting and picking up a splendid array of food items for breakfast and morning break.

At the 2001 WLA conference, we will sponsor a program by librarians involved in developing the new www.Wisconsin.gov portal. And in answering reference questions that come in through the portal.

We will have programs at the 2001 WAPL and WAAL conferences.

We have two new members on the planning committee—Beth Harper and Kathy Thostenson. Karen Osborne Pope and Janet Pugh are the editors of Eagle Press. So things are in good shape.

Having found that the DSRT by-laws are strangely silent on the question of impeachment—not to mention knee-capping—I intend to bring up the question of a name change again, with a final decision probably to be made at the general membership meeting at WLA 2001. Several of our sibling organizations in other states have made the transition from "documents" to "information," and I think it is time we did the same in order to avoid confusion and to annoy our colleagues in serials cataloging. Maryland has a Government Information Division, New York a Government Information Round Table, and Wyoming a Government Information Section. GIRT is a relatively benign acronym, so that's what I'm proposing for Wisconsin.

So as we transition from paper to electrons, we in Wisconsin must make sure that the western states don't divert Midwestern electrons needed for government information purposes to run frivolous things like air conditioning and casino lighting systems. And as government information people, we must keep in mind the three most important principles of our work: 1) permanent equitable public access, 2) permanent equitable public access, and 3) permanent equitable public access. And principles 4 through 10, which are variations on the first three.

Gotta go now, and transcribe some soybean production statistics onto clay tablets.

John Koch

YEAR 2000 WRAP-UP

2000 was a banner year for the Wisconsin Library Association's Document Services Round Table (DSRT). The unit offered more programs than ever for its members and set the stage for an even better year in 2001. Some of the achievements in 2000 include the following:

  • Gained a presence on the WLA web site.
  • Developed and printed a DSRT membership brochure and distributed it at the WLA Annual Conference.
  • Published two issues of Eagle Press.
  • Moved quickly in May to let our representatives and senators in Washington, D.C. know how displeased we were with the impending cuts to the Government Printing Office budget.
  • Conducted a highly successful Wisconsin Distinguished Document Award contest. The five most distinguished documents have been entered in the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table Notable Documents Award Program. Check the May 15, 2001 Library Journal to see if any Wisconsin documents are among the winners. (Web editor's note: three of our five nominees were listed.)
  • Held the first three-day Spring Documents Day on May 31-June 2. U.S. Government Printing Office trainers presented an all-day GPO Access workshop at the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Micro-Media Lab on Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1. The Wednesday workshop was repeated on Thursday to a different group of government information professionals. Friday's program, "Wisconsin by the Numbers," highlighted the statistical gathering programs and publications of five Wisconsin state government agencies.
  • Developed 15 objectives for DSRT based on WLA's proposed strategic plan for 2001-2003.
  • Sponsored two programs at the WLA Annual Conference in Green Bay on November 1 and 2. On Wednesday afternoon, November 1, Dan Veroff, UW-Madison Department of Rural Sociology, gave an excellent online demonstration of American FactFinder, which will be the primary online interface for the 2000 Census. On Thursday morning, November 2, Grace York, Coordinator, University of Michigan Library Documents Center at Ann Arbor, reviewed the last decade of government information automation and its effect on federal depository librarians. Grace also set out the challenges that will face depository librarians in the coming years. I was especially pleased to have Grace York speak at the annual conference. She is the first out-of-state speaker DSRT has sponsored in a number of years. Throughout the conference DSRT also had an exhibit table featuring notable state and federal government publications as well as DSRT's new membership brochure!

Thanks to all of the DSRT officers and planning committee members for 2000 who were so instrumental to the unit having a great year! The best of luck to John Koch and the rest of the DSRT officers and planning committee members for 2001! It has been a pleasure to serve as the DSRT chair this past year. I also look forward to keeping involved in DSRT activities.

 

Lloyd Velicer
DSRT Chair for 2000
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
 
 

Improving Web Access to Wisconsin Information through Metatagging

On September 19, 2000, Governor Tommy Thompson signed Executive Order Number 408 relating to the development of electronic commerce methods for the delivery of state and local government services in Wisconsin. In a few short months the Wisconsin State web portal was created and launched on February 2, 2001. The web address is: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/home

 

As the portal page exclaims: "Welcome to the new State of Wisconsin e-government portal. Here, with the click of a mouse, you can access all areas of Wisconsin government 24 hours a day, seven days a week." A key part of this citizen portal will be a statewide search function and topical index. Both rely on high quality, consistent metatags in order for the search system to work most effectively.

As I'm sure you have experienced, there is a problem presently with search engines not finding appropriate Wisconsin government information, even when it has existed for some time on the web. One of the reasons for this problem is the absence of appropriate metatagging of important "key elements" on these pages. Thus, the search engines are not finding these pages.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Administration has drafted standards for state agencies for metatagging their World Wide Web pages. The web address for these standards and a description of what state agencies will be doing can be found at the following web site for state web masters:
http://enterprise.state.wi.us/static/standards/std402.htm
Consequences of better access….

Since the Wisconsin State web portal was launched on February 2, reference staff at R&LL has handled nearly 100 requests for help locating information related to government services.

There is an interesting discussion on the DOA site on metatagging, the Dublin Core metadata standards, and what Wisconsin state agencies should be doing to add metatags to their web pages.

Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Reference and Loan Library is working on the development of a Wisconsin thesaurus, a manual, and other instructional materials that will teach agency staff how to create metatags. R&LL staff is available to train and provide technical assistance to agency staff in metatagging. Sally Drew provided metatagging training sessions for state agency staff in January and February. Monthly training sessions are planned for March through June 2001. Software will be recommended and configured for use with the Dublin Core Standard and the Wisconsin thesaurus for those agencies that choose to acquire it.

Three LTE people have been hired at R&LL to do metatagging under a grant from DOA. They will be available to assist agencies in metatagging their pages for the next six months or so. Agencies will not be charged for this assistance.

The Metatagging Standard says that state agencies should tag all appropriate existing web pages by June 30, 2001 and that they should tag all appropriate new web pages when they are created. It is recommended that the agency begin by tagging the index pages of the agency, divisions, bureaus, and key programs or services. Agencies are encouraged to tag as many pages as they feel appropriate. The state search engine will give greater weight to pages that have Dublin Core tags. Consequently, an agency should be sure to tag all the pages that it wants the search engine to list as a search result. Experience in other states shows tagging to be most effective when between 30% and 50% of pages are tagged.

Loretta Harmatuck,
Government Services Librarian
Reference and Loan Library
 
 

Light at the End of the Tunnel, or, 100,000 documents later…

In 1992, McIntyre Library's Government Publications Department decided to tackle some longstanding problems related to federal collection access. It seemed a daunting task, for difficulties with document control dated back to the previous century, and as the collection had grown, so had the problems.

 

History

The public library served as Eau Claire's original federal depository. Documents in its collection were published as early as the 1880s. Over the years it became increasingly apparent that the small library had neither the staff nor the space needed to deal with its federal resources. Nonetheless, residents of the area had become accustomed to having documents in the community, and they wanted these resources to remain in Eau Claire. In 1951 an agreement was reached which allowed the Eau Claire State Teacher's College to join the federal depository program simultaneously with the public library's withdrawal. At that time the campus library consisted of one room of book stacks with an adjoining study hall and no space for a large document collection. Nevertheless, the documents were transferred to the college, for at least on campus there was hope for the future. Administrators and regents made the construction of a new library a high priority, so the librarian sought and obtained permission to store the documents until the new facility was built. It took another six years, but finally the large collection was unboxed and moved to shelves in the new William D. McIntyre Library. No shelf list accompanied the collection, and despite depository regulations requiring a piece level shelf list, there never seemed to be enough staff to develop one.

In 1992 I spent several months analyzing our current GPO item selection profile and the Library contracted with MARCIVE, INC. The Serial Supplement records were added first, and later in the year we began receiving ongoing monthly cataloging records. Online catalog access to these new documents proved popular, and despite a building project and relocation of the physical collection, documents were much used. There still existed a large federal collection with virtually no bibliographic control prior to '92. Access to government information was through the U.S. Monthly Catalog (CD-ROM and print), specialized indexes, locally created user guides, staff knowledge of the collection, and a limited number of records in the online catalog. It was not a situation that could continue indefinitely, so Karen Pope was assigned the task of developing a plan to improve access to the federal collection.

The Pilot Project

Karen began with a pilot project to gather data on the feasibility of a large in-house retrospective cataloging project for the federal print documents. Agency by agency she randomly gathered 200 documents. She analyzed them to ascertain the percentage that would be retained that 1) currently had barcodes and a) had short bib records in LS2K or b) were fully cataloged; 2) had MARCIVE CD-ROM records, and which of those records were suitable for upload; 3) had OCLC records which could be downloaded; 4) required further processing, such as applying security strips, and, 5) needed original cataloging; determined the time needed and best workflow to identify, weed, pull, search the CD-ROM MONTHLY CATALOG and OCLC databases, catalog, barcode and reshelve the items.

The Real Work

Based on the pilot project, cost and time estimates for a gradual, in-house collaborative project to add records for documents were made and submitted to the Director. One point was clear: the project would be sailing on uncharted waters, for there were many unknowns. No one knew the exact size of the collection, the number of series, monographs, and pieces within, so it was difficult to estimate the length of time retrospective cataloging would take. The number of documents requiring original cataloging was another unknown. Consideration had to be given to the budgeting of search costs on OCLC, and this was impossible to estimate.

 

One point was clear: since cost was a major concern that would drive the project's design, it would have to be a low-budget operation. The purchase of a bulk load of cataloging records back to 1976 would speed completion of the project, but was not feasible. Even if the money had been available, the lack of a shelf list complicated taking advantage of packaged commercial products.

Benefits of the Project

The staff wanted to push on, for there were too many benefits to be derived from the project to abandon it. Among them:

  • users would more easily discover the wealth of information available in the under-utilized document collection;
  • users would need less staff assistance and intervention to find the resources they needed;
  • government information would be accessible all hours the building was open, not just when staff was available to assist users;
  • librarians and staff would develop greater awareness of government resources;
  • documents would meld more readily into the mainstream of library information resources; and
  • the end product would be a federal collection cataloged to the piece level, which would allow McIntyre Library's online catalog to serve as the depository's shelf list.

Progress would be slow and uneven, but small steps forward were better than standing in place. At a minimum, library users would see a gradual improvement in access to federal information.

1995 and On

Much training and coordination was required to get a workable and efficient project going in '95. The equipment cost was $0 to the Library; however, much automation and documents staff time went into accommodating the "non standard" NOTIS GTO application.

 

Some additional staff was available but it was far from unlimited. A halftime library assistant, along with ten hours/week of student help, did much of the work. The first person assigned to the position retired, resulting in a six-month interruption of the project. Laurie Roach is the person who was lucky enough to have done the bulk of the technical processing and student supervision work for the project's duration. Karen supervised the project, I did the pre-project weeding, catalogers did original cataloging, and the Automation Department provided technical assistance with software and hardware issues. We applied for additional UW-System funding and hired a limited term employee for a year to work as cataloging assistant.

To simplify tracking the project, we started with documents from the Department of Agriculture and worked through the collection following the Superintendent of Documents classification scheme. Flags and signage directed users to ask for help if materials needed were temporarily not on the shelves. When work on the main collection was complete, the staff moved on to the oversize documents, the atlas and map cases, and, finally, the items in compact storage.

The project started with preliminary weeding so that the physical documents would be handled as little as possible. Federal depository regulations related to discard were closely followed. Superseded items were kept only when there seemed to be a historical reason for their retention. Duplicate copies were rarely retained. Since the depository hierarchy assures interlibrary loan of documents, items deemed of minimal demand in this community were offered to other depositories. The project began with the hope that the document collection could be comfortably housed on the first floor of the library, but in the end the older Congressional Records were left in public access compact storage.

During 1998 the Library elected to switch from the CD-ROM-based to the Web-based MARCIVE GPO database product WEBDOCS for public access. Laurie, Karen and Steve Elfstrand tested the Web based product for viability in saving and exporting 1976 - current bibliographic records, and decided at the end of the calendar year that it would be suitable for the purposes of the retro project. Records previously saved to disk and loaded via GTO could now be exported on an "as needed" basis or marked and imported. Some staff and student training and support were required to make this transition.

With the database conversion to the web-based Voyager system in 1999, training activities pushed back the project a bit. Conversion clean-up printouts and small but essential additional projects took precedence. Overall, however, the ability to integrate cataloging activities with other desktop applications, like MARCIVEWEB DOCS, Access, Outlook and Excel proved to be efficiencies worth the extra training time. We were unsure how Endeavor software accommodates the bulk import of saved GPO records, and where this project might fall within a database conversion priority list for automation and cataloging staffs. Rethinking project procedures based on a web-based cataloging environment took adjustment time.

We already have evidence from document use, reference questions and feedback from faculty, staff and community that the fully cataloged federal collection is a major asset to many people interested in social, political and physical sciences, American history, demographic, statistical or cultural materials. Collection strengths and renewed collection enhancement activities are more easily accomplished. Among completely cataloged collections are 120 years of decennial U. S. Census materials, Department of Defense military history and Interior Department USGS series. Professional and Water Supply Papers are now used by Geography and Geology studies. The American Indian Studies major has easy access to Bureau of American Ethnology annual reports and bulletins, materials from Bureau of Indian Affairs, and congressional hearings and reports related to U.S. governmental relations with the Indian tribes. Original World War II posters, publications documenting life in the 1930s, original reports describing the mapping of the western United States are now being used by American History classes.

The Numbers, Please. . . .

47,124 titles weeded/placed on weeding lists
42,187 items (pieced) added to the online catalog

 

Bibliographic and item work
44,462 edits
30,623 deletes

16,091 titles cataloged on OCLC
216,000 federal print titles in the McIntyre Library collection

Conclusion

Retrospective cataloging of federal documents sometimes looked as if it would go on forever, but work on the print collection is complete. The collection is definitely more accessible, more manageable, and is used more. It was worth the effort.

Resting on Our laurels?

No. We plan to forge ahead. The federal microfiche collection is the focus of the next project. In anticipation of a retrospective cataloging project for the U.S.microfiche, I will begin weeding of that collection shortly.

 

Leslie Foster, Assistant Professor
Head, McIntyre Library Government Publications
 
 
 

Document Services Round Table Business Meeting
WLA Fall 2000 Conference

Call to order: by Lloyd Velicer at 5:32pm, Nov. 1, 2000

 

Present: Sally Drew, Maggie Ernst, Beth Harper, Loretta Harmatuck, Mary Hayden, John Koch, John Peters, Janet Pugh, Stephanie Ryan, Sandy Sechrest, Arden Rice Sujewicz, Lloyd Velicer, and Grace York

Report from Sally Drew: The Reference and Loan Library plans to collaborate with DOA to enhance the State Agency Internet Portal. There was a discussion of Gov. Thompson's Executive Order no. 408 mandating that DOA create a single portal for e-government by Jan. 1st 2001. The Reference and Loan Library (RLL) plans to adopt a thesaurus of controlled vocabulary initially constructed by the state of Illinois and now being adopted by 9 or 10 other states as well. RLL is also working on getting a statewide license for TagGen software to easily insert metatags into state agency websites. They plan to recommend the adoption of Dublin Core metatag elements and to purchase and train agency webmasters with the TagGen software.

Janet Pugh inquired whether there would be tech support and quality control for the metatagging. Sally Drew replied that it would probably be too decentralized to enforce quality control, but that they did hope to offer agency web masters assistance with TagGen and to maintain and update the thesaurus.

DSRT financial report: Since the chair is also the treasurer of DSRT, Lloyd gave this report. As of Aug. 31 we spent $121.42 from the operations budget and $86.87 from the project money budget. The remaining balance in the project money budget is $348.95, the remainder of the operations budget must be returned to WLA. The project money was used to pay for the award given to the Distinguished Documents winner and to rent the exhibit table at the WLA conference last fall. The operations budget is essentially used to fund Eagle Press. It was noted that WLA automatically gets 15% of all of our revenues and that they charge us $75.00 each year to have an exhibit booth at the WLA conference.

Minutes of June 2, 2000 business meeting: the minutes of the Spring Documents Day business meeting were approved.

DSRT Bylaws changed: A change in the bylaws was approved to clarify the existing operating procedures for the membership in the planning committee. It was noted that the date of the Bylaws change should be corrected to Nov. 1, not Nov. 2.

Elections report: John Koch announced that Stephanie Ryan was elected vice chair/chair elect; and Beth Harper and Kathy Thostenson are the newly elected members of the Planning Committee.

Wisconsin Distinguished Document Award report: Awards were given out at the Spring Documents Day. The authors of all the recognized documents were quite appreciative of being honored. Both the Distinguished Document and all the notable documents will be forwarded to the national GODORT Distinguished Documents Committee for consideration for that award too.

Report on the Wisconsin State Document Depository Program: Loretta Harmatuck reflected on a busy year of learning and retooling in order to stay ahead of the growing number of state documents available on the Internet. She and several other state agency librarians attended the 2nd annual GILS conference in New Mexico last March to learn how other states are indexing their state documents. She also attended a conference for state government documents coordinators from states east of the Mississippi. She reported that it was very interesting how other states administer their documents depository program. She said that the experience made her very proud of how large and far ranging the Wisconsin Document Depository Program is in comparison to many other states.

From January through October of this year, 1304 titles have been distributed through the Depository program. Between 1998 and 1999 the number of titles distributed through the Depository dropped by roughly 600 titles. It is assumed that this is largely due to the increased number of publications available only through the Internet. Since 1997, URL addresses have been added to 417 title records, but this is mainly done for publications available in both print and electronic format.
It was noted that the DOA rule change mandating the preservation of documents in electronic format goes into effect in December. This should benefit the documents community by placing increased pressure on state agencies to archive their Internet documents.

Finally, Loretta summarized the training session conducted this past fall by Eileen Quam of the Minnesota DNR on the use of TagGen software and the metatagging of Internet resources.

Report on the Federal Depository Library Program: Beth Harper and Stephanie Ryan filled in for Nancy Mulhern. Many documents librarians are fearful about the future of the FDLP and the future of electronic access to federal documents. An informal meeting during the Library Council fall meeting produced recommendations for what documents should be in print or electronic document source files. Some agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics may continue to produce their publications in both print and electronic format, but the depository libraries will only be given access to the electronic copies.

There was a presentation of FirstGov at the fall meeting. It should be ready to go up in 90 days. It is not supposed to compete with GPO Access. The documents community seems generally wary of this new program.

It was reported that OCLC is partnering with GPO to electronically archive documents but there are few details available at this time.

GAO is currently investigating the FDLP.

The STAT-USA interface will be overhauled.

Census 2000 updates: Grace York reported that she (and others?) met with the U.S. Census Bureau to voice their opinions about the need for continued paper distribution of certain Census products, the limitations of the American FactFinder website, and the need for archiving of data from earlier censuses. She objected to the large and unwieldy PDF files, often used by the Census Bureau. She also discussed the problems involved in preserving data on CD-ROMs, including the issue of whose responsibility is it to archive proprietary software because currently NARA does not recognize this as part of its mandate.

Eagle Press: The next issue of Eagle Press will come out in the spring in time to nominate the Distinguished Document Award and to advertise Spring Documents Day. Submissions to Eagle Press are always welcome. Please send articles to either Karen Osborne Pope at UW-Eau Claire or Janet Pugh at the Dept. of Workforce Development.

DSRT programs for 2001: WAAL Spring Conference - There will be a panel discussion entitled Portals to the People: Government Gateways—Public, Private, Hybrid and Mutant. Panelists include John Koch, Stephanie Ryan, Karen Pope, and Nancy Mulhern.

WAPL Spring Conference - Larry Barish, editor of the Wisconsin Blue Book, will discuss the contents and creation of this almanac of state government in a program entitled A Window to State Government: Uses of the Wisconsin Blue Book.

Spring Documents Day will be held on June 1, 2001. Suggestions for program ideas are welcomed.

WLA 2001 Annual Conference - Suggestions for guest speakers and program ideas are needed.

The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Arden Rice Sujewicz, Secretary

August 2001

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Newsletter of the WLA Government Information Round Table

August 2001

From the Chair ...

I might be considered an interested party, but I thought Spring Documents Day went well this year. UW-Madison's Amorphophallus titanum was well along towards blooming (though not in full bloom), there was bluegrass music at the Memorial Union in the evening (though weather kept it indoors), and there were some decent food carts in Library Mall (though construction had displaced many of my personal favorites.) We had cogent and challenging speakers--David Wood from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy; Brian J. Elliott from Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek; Dennis Chaptman from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Michele McKnelly on the need for a statewide plan; Nancy Mulhern with federal depository news; Bob Naylor and Gloria Nikolas on Census 2000 data; Sally Drew on the state portal and metadata development; and Loretta Harmatuck on the state depository program. And the Document of the Year Award presentation was a happy event all around. The computer connections all worked and there was a fine supply of coffee, juice, pastry and bagels thanks to Lloyd Velicer and other documents staff at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

 

A large part of the credit has to go to Stephanie Ryan and Arden Rice Sujewicz, who helped to recruit speakers to tackle what must have seemed a nebulous and unpromising topic. The other members of the board, Maggie Ernst, Beth Harper, and Kathy Thostenson, also helped plan the festivities.

At the business meeting after the program, the Document Services Round Table board decided to pursue changing the name of the DSRT to something more meaningful to laypeople and more in line with the round table's evolving mission: the Wisconsin Library Association Flying Kung Fu Feet of Death. We have therefore sent the WLA Committee on Organization a proposed by-laws revision that would change our name to the Adelaide R. Hasse Memorial Marching Marimba Band. If they approve it, we would vote at the DSRT meeting at the October WLA Conference, and presumably leave the meeting as members of the Association of Documents Dudes and Government Information Goddesses (ADDAGIG).

If you believe that a rose by another name would be a begonia, this is all a big deal. But the planet holds billions of people who couldn't care less. We thought we need a name that was more inclusive of the formats of government information now used by most of our clients, and which wouldn't draw blank stares from people we meet at conference receptions. The best we could come up with is Government Information Round Table (GIRT). New York State has a Government Information Round Table, so why not Wisconsin? If we had the money to hire a consultant, maybe he or she could coin a brand identity for us that contained a "Q," or "X," or "Z," but decided to stick with the letters closer to the middle of the keyboard. It doesn't sound so bad if you say it often enough. GIRT. GIRT. GIRT. GIRT.

But if you like the old name--or want to change the name to WLA Quezix--be sure to show up at the DSRT business meeting at WLA 2001. Since the meeting will be in the late afternoon, I've expended a small amount of money from our program budget carryover to provide "Nuts and Bolts" from the hotel menu. This is either some kind of party mix or spare hardware from the hotel's last duct repair job, but there should be enough of it for about 20 people. If you bring picket signs, they should not be on anything stouter than a 2" wide lath. Tar and feathers will not be permitted in the hotel.

Speaking of tar and feathers …

No. Skip that.

Speaking of incomprehensible lumps of vowels and consonants, the phrase "information policy" might as well be in the Knossian variant of the Linear B alphabet for all the understanding it gets from our public officials. An increasing amount of our public record is now migrating a format that makes the evanescent gleam of the amorous firefly look like timeless marble monuments, and legislators and agency officials have been avoiding anyone bringing up the issues raised by converting the citizen's and taxpayer's knowledge into electronic zeros and ones as if they were travelling salesmen from the skunk factory.

It won't be too long before this issue gets up and starts singing German opera. Beginning to develop a new state depository library plan will help us to decide what being a "depository" means when you begin with a stock of virtual objects to safeguard and make available. But libraries can't assume the whole burden for providing permanent equitable public access to these wraiths. We need a commitment from government. It is important that a comprehensive, realistic, and secure set of policies for safeguarding the public record be established by governments at all levels. We have a role in the shaping of such policies, because we have first-hand knowledge of the cockamamie and otherwise unaccountable things that the public thinks it needs to know, while the agencies have an idea of what the public should know. As information gets more and more electronic, ethereal, and difficult to access, we will need to call attention to the real needs of the public on a continuing basis.

Happy Summer,

John Koch, Chair


Wisconsin Document Depository News

In conjunction with 5% budget cuts mandated for the upcoming biennium, the Reference and Loan Library has begun retaining selected documents in the library's collection, rather than adding all items sent out in the document depository shipment. Because RLL gave up a full time interlibrary loan position that was vacant, other staff have been moved into the interlibrary loan unit. To handle this work, workloads in other areas must be reduced. Subscriptions to current general periodicals as well as documents serials will be drastically cut, since staff are relying more on electronic documents and personal contacts as reference resources.

 

Library Director Sally Drew believes that the library's staff may have more impact on statewide service by making electronic documents accessible to the public than by collecting a third copy of depository items. RLL staff have been working for three years with Department of Administration (DOA) staff to assign and to train state agency staff to add metatags to electronic documents. DOA has agreed to fund a half-time position to work on the metatagging project and a half time position to provide reference assistance to citizens searching for information using the state government portal.

Sally reiterated that RLL will continue to collect and distribute documents to depository libraries and administer the statewide documents depository program. Hopefully more staff time will be spent improving the accession and claiming documents for the WDDP and checking state agency web sites for items that have not been distributed. RLL will also continue to be an archival resource for Department of Public Instruction publications. The existing collection of state documents will be kept, although some weeding may be done over time.

More effort will be put into improving the web site for the WDDP, including: putting shipping lists up in a timely manner; improving the list of depository libraries by adding telephone numbers; revising the WDDP manuals for state agencies and depository libraries and putting them on the web site.

Loretta Harmatuck, Government Services Librarian
Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library


Wetland Restoration Handbook Honored as Government Document of the Year

The Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners, published in June 2000 by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Wetland Association, is the winner of the WLA Document Services Round Table 2000 Distinguished Government Document Award.

 

Inspired and authored by Alice L. Thompson and Charles S. Luthin, the objective of the handbook is to encourage the responsible and effective restoration of wetland habitats. The handbook contains general guidance for landowners interested in improving the health of their wetlands. It discusses conservation, management and restoration techniques that will improve drained, ditched or otherwise degraded wetlands, and provides a range of activities that can greatly improve the values and functions of our wetland resources. The publication has a practical arrangement and contains a detailed bibliography. In addition, a directory of organization phone numbers and addresses is provided for further information.

The publication received funding from numerous government agencies including: the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other contributors included Ducks Unlimited, the Wisconsin Great Lakes Protection Fund, the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Wisconsin Wetland Association.

The Wetland Restoration Handbook for Wisconsin Landowners is available at libraries participating in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, and can be purchased for $5 from the Wisconsin Wetland Association. The award was presented to members of the team that produced the publication during the Document Services Round Table's annual Spring Documents Day on June 1, 2001, in Madison.

Documents published during 2000 that received Honorable Mentions were:

  • Centenarian Spirit in Wisconsin. Bureau of Aging and Long Term Care Resources, Division of Supportive Living, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, 2000. 67 p.
  • Snakes of Wisconsin. Christoffel, Rebecca, Hay, Robert and Ramirez, Lisa. Bureau of Endangered Resources, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2000. 32 p.
  • These are Fish, they Bite-Sometimes! Mecozzi, Maureen, et. al. Sports Fish Restoration, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2000. 16 p.
  • Wisconsin Alcohol Traffic Facts. Highway Safety Policy Analysis Section, Division of Planning and Budget, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 1990-

The Distinguished Document and the Honorable Mention documents will be nominated for the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) annual list of distinguished documents published in the May 15 issue of Library Journal.

LRBCAT: The Newest Cat on the Block!

The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Library is pleased to announce LRBCAT, the Library's new web based catalog. LRBCAT can be reached through the Library Services section of the Bureau's home page or by going directly to
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/catalog

 

LRBCAT offers a simple, precise way to search the Library's collection. Catalog records include direct links to publications available in full-text elsewhere on the Internet, when these links are available. LRBCAT users can view a "New Books" list that is updated monthly, use the catalog to check the status of items they have borrowed, renew their loan periods, place holds on items they wish to borrow, and send requests or messages to library staff.

All of the Library's recently acquired titles are listed in the new catalog as well as on WISCAT, and we are continuing to retroconvert catalog records for the remaining older titles as quickly as possible.

Libraries interested in placing interlibrary loan requests may contact the Reference and Loan Library. Publications will be lent through ILL on a selective, case by case basis. If you have questions about the catalog, or the Library's collection, contact the Circulation Desk at 266-7040, or email us at lrb.library@legis.state.wi.us

September 2002

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September 2002

Distinguished Documents of 2001

Restoring the Vision: the First Century of Wisconsin's Capitol, published in 2001 by the Legislative Reference Bureau, is the winner of the WLA Government Information Round Table 2001 Distinguished Government Document Award.

Written by Michael J. Kean with photo design by Kathleen Sitter, the publication chronicles the history of the State Capitol from its initial construction to the present. Published as a feature article in the 2001-2002 Wisconsin Blue Book and as a separate reprint, the historical study details the vision of the Capitol's designers, stages of construction, the changing uses of the building, and the effort to restore much of the building to its original state.

This richly illustrated, well-written publication appeals to a broad audience. The extensive use of historical photographs as well as photographs of the restoration project lends a visual appeal to the text, which details not only the history of the Capitol, but provides biographical background to significant events that are part of Wisconsin's cultural heritage.

Restoring the Vision: the First Century of Wisconsin's Capitol is available at libraries participating in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, and can be purchased from the Department of Administration, Document Sales Unit for $9.30. The award was presented to the author and photo designer at the Government Information Round Table's annual Spring Documents Day on May 31, 2002, in Madison.

Documents published during 2001 that received Honorable Mention were:

  • Checklist of Vascular Plants of Wisconsin. Wetter, Mark Allen, Cochrane Theodore, Black, Merel R., Iltis, Hugh H. and Berry, Paul E. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 2001. 258 p.
  • Teaching Character Education Using Children's Literature: Wisconsin's Standards of the Heart. Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy and the Division for Learning Support: Instructional Services Wisconsin, Department of Public Instruction, 2002. 72 p.
  • Transportation Planning Resource Guide: A Guide to preparing the Transportation Element of a Local Comprehensive Plan. Division of Transportation Investment Management, Bureau of Planning, Department of Transportation, 2002. 88 p.
  • Wisconsin Art & Craft Fairs Directory. Wisconsin Arts Board, 2002. 84 p. The Distinguished Document and the four Honorable Mention documents will be nominated for the American Library Association Government Documents

From the Chair….

August, 2002

I began drafting this column shortly after Government Information Day in May because I wanted to draw upon some of my recollections from that day. I can't help but laugh as I think about Senator Jon Erpenbach telling the story of how he passes the phone to his seven-year-old daughter when telemarketers call attempting to sell products. His efforts to protect the privacy of Wisconsin residents are commendable and he describes those efforts in a very humorous way. Every aspect of the day went very well-each of the guest speakers conveyed interesting messages related to our theme "Archiving Digital Resources: Wisconsin Government Policies and Standards."

  • Ted Ohlswager and Joyce Endres gave us an overview of the initiatives being undertaken by the Wisconsin Iinformation Resources Council and Department of Electronic Government. It is fairly evident that in order to get all state agencies on the same page on the issue of electronic documents, there is much work to be done.
  • Senator Jon Erpenbach gave a humorous insight into the activities taking place at the State Capitol.
  • Rob Nurre from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands gave a fascinating presentation about the land records available on his agency's CD-ROM. After many years of frequent handling, the agency digitized the records to preserve the original handwritten documents. Nurre mentioned his agency is working with UW-Madison to make records available on the Internet by the spring of 2003. For more information, visit the Board's website at http://bcpl.state.wi.us/static/
  • Sally Drew announced details about a Study Committee formed by the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (DLTCL) to review issues related to the of the Wisconsin Document Depository Program (WDDP). The committee will review program services, the quantity of documents distributed, cataloging and classification issues, the impact of technology-including the state portal-on state government document use, the need to preserve electronic government documents, and the need, if any, to change the statutes. [See page 8 for more on this committee.] Drew also discussed issues related to the state portal, reference questions directed to the portal that are being handled by R&L staff, and plans for a survey of WDDP depository libraries.
  • In the afternoon our two panels of local experts on Wisconsin Documents and Federal Documents provided a productive open forum for discussion attendees.

Following Government Information Day at the GIRT Business Meeting, we discussed several matters that might be of interest. GIRT will begin sponsoring an ongoing scholarship program for attendance at WLA's Library Legislative Day. Arden Rice, who devised the idea, writes more about the scholarship and application instructions in this issue on page 5.

In addition, GIRT has submitted four items for inclusion in the 2003 WLA Legislative Agenda. We hope GIRT's legislative initiatives will make the final document. [See page 9 for the proposed text of these items.] Lastly, as a show of support for the Wisconsin Document Depository Program (WDDP), the GIRT officers approved a proposal that a web page containing testimonials about the WDDP be added to the GIRT website. More information about the web page can be found on page 5.

If you are planning to attend the 2002 WLA Conference on October 31 or November 1, please plan on stopping at the GIRT table, which will be located in the same area as the vendor booths. At the table you'll be able to pick up applications for the GIRT Library Legislative Day Scholarship and take a look at the 2001 Wisconsin Distinguished Document and Honorable Mentions. Be on the lookout for a message through Govinfo-L soliciting volunteers to work one-hour shifts at the booth. The GIRT Business Meeting will be held from 12:15-1 p.m. on Thursday, October 31-order a box lunch when you register for the conference and join the meeting. I look forward to seeing you at the conference this fall!

Stephanie Ryan
Government Information Librarian
Golda Meir Library
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
smryan@uwm.edu
(414) 229-4659

March 2002

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March 2002

From the Chair….

It is hard to believe that the time has come for me to greet you as the new chair of GIRT.  I look forward to a productive year and I am eager to work with the membership to achieve the annual objectives of GIRT and WLA.

2001 was an interesting year in the history of the Document Services Round Table.  Since becoming a member of DSS five years ago, I recall several Business Meetings where it was suggested that the Section, and soon the Round Table, undergo a name change.  The time was not right until 2001, when there was unanimous consent to officially change the name to the Government Information Round Table (GIRT).  Now we are all getting used to this new name (and sometimes letting the old name slip in casual conversations).  Fortunately, this will not be too much of a hurdle for some of you who have already experienced department or unit name changes from “Government Documents” to “Government Information” or “Government Publications.”  BIG thanks goes to John Koch, Chair Emeritus 2001, for facilitating this name change and making 2001 a successful year for DSRT/GIRT.  John has kindly agreed to stay on in the role of GIRT web editor, a task that is most appreciated.

This year’s GIRT officers include Nancy Mulhern (Wisconsin Historical Society), vice-chair/chair-elect, and Arden Rice Sujewicz (Legislative Reference Bureau), secretary.  Linda Pierschalla (Waukesha PL) is the new member of the Planning Committee, while Beth Harper (UW-Madison) and Kathy Thostenson (Beloit College) return for a second year on the Committee.  Beth Harper and Janet Pugh (Dept. of Workforce Development) are the co-editors of the Eagle Press, another task that is very much appreciated.

To ease into our name, the title of “Documents Day” has been officially changed to “Government Information Day.”  Mark your calendars and plan to attend this big event, scheduled for May 31, 2002 at the Wisconsin Historical Society.  The GIRT Planning Committee will be meeting soon in order to put together a full day's program.  Government Information Day is a great opportunity to connect with peers from around the state of Wisconsin and discuss the many issues we are all facing.

The following programs will be sponsored by GIRT at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries (WAAL) and Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) conferences:

  • WAAL (Thursday, April 18th – Green Lake) – “Government Information After September 11” – presenter Beth Harper
  • WAPL (Thursday, May 2nd – Wausau) – “Singing Astrophysicists to Hunting Envirocrimes with Harrison Ford – Government-Produced Websites and CD Roms for K-12” – presenter Nancy Mulhern

Please plan to attend one of these sessions if you are going WAAL or WAPL, and please spread the word about these presentations to your colleagues and friends.  We are currently developing proposals to sponsor at the 2002 WLA Conference in late October.  If you have suggestions or presentation ideas, please contact me or one of the Planning Committee members (phone numbers and e-mail addresses are available on the GIRT web page at http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/tables/girt/officers.htm).

 

Lastly, as we begin revising the Wisconsin State Plan in the coming year, we have the opportunity to make strong statements of support for the preservation of permanent and equitable public access to government information.  There remain numerous incidents that have threatened public access to government information.  For example, when the Department of Interior web pages were removed from the Internet in December 2001, we lost significant content primarily because of an overreaction to a lawsuit.  Please show your support for permanent public access by providing input to the Regional Librarians, Nancy Mulhern and Margaret Olson (Milwaukee Public Library) as they lead the way in drafting this important document.

See you all at Government Information Day in May!
Stephanie Ryan
Government Information Librarian
UW-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library
ry2@gml.lib.uwm.edu
 

Wisconsin Document Depository News

There have been some major changes in the Wisconsin Document Depository Program at the Reference and Loan Library.  Gary Weishaar, Document Assistant, left for a new position in the Circulation Department at the UW-Madison Law Library.  His last day at the Reference and Loan Library was December 7, 2001.  Since Gary's departure, I have attempted to keep a timely flow between the documents coming in from agencies and those being sent out to the depository libraries.  I had a lot of help from Gil Franco and Jenny Marquess.  I appreciate now, more than ever, Gary's hard work in getting the depository shipments sent out on a regular basis!  I also appreciate Lloyd Velicer's excellent editing of the shipping list and assigning the WI Doc numbers.

The January 2002 document depository shipment has 135 document titles and all are full distribution (52 copies).  It included many Department of Workforce Development brochures and news-letters.  The February shipment had 136 titles; 30 were very limited (state level libraries only), 35 were limited (regional and state depositories) and 71 were full distribution.

The number of document titles distributed in the WDDP from January 2001 through December 2001 was 1,301. This is down by about 270 titles from the same period last year. From January through December 2000 we distributed 1,570 titles.  The percentage of full distribution of documents increased to 64%.  Twenty-four percent of the documents were limited distribution and 12% were very limited distribution.

The number of state documents available on the Internet continues to climb.  In 2001 we added 526 URL addresses to 40% of the documents listed on the shipping lists.  Since the shipping lists are on the Internet, this means that there are direct links from our shipping lists to these 500+ documents.  However, this also creates the problem of broken links due to the short-lived nature of URL addresses.  As you may have noticed we added the following disclaimer to the WDDP shipping lists web site:

"DISCLAIMER: Older shipping lists are posted to serve as a record of items distributed in depository shipments and their call numbers. Broken links to electronic publications no longer available on the web are not removed."

We have received permission to fill the vacancy in the documents program and to reclassify the position from a library assistant to a librarian.  Our goal was to hire a document librarian who would handle the shipments, acquire and claim documents, and identify, distribute and archive electronic documents, give metatag training for state agency employees, and work on the Wisconsin Thesaurus.  Ann Hamon, who has been the SALPC (State Agency Library Processing Center) librarian at RLL transferred to the Documents Librarian position on March 11.

 

I have enjoyed working with the Wisconsin Document Depository Program since I began at RLL in 1983.   I have especially enjoyed working with depository librarians and participating in the Document Services Round Table (now GIRT.)  I will continue to have some responsibilities with the depository program: helping develop policies and procedures, revising the depository manual for state agencies and the libraries, and making decision on the state documents collection at RLL.  Since my responsibilities in reference service, especially electronic reference, have increased considerably, I will spend more time in reference.

Loretta Harmatuck
Government Services Librarian
Wisconsin Reference and Loan Library
(608) 224-6165
Email:  loretta.harmatuck@dpi.state.wi.us
 

State Libraries Offer Public Access to Legislative Redistricting Program

The Wisconsin legislature is required to redraw legislative and Congressional districts following each decennial federal census.  The purpose of redistricting is to establish election districts that provide representational equality for all potential voters.

Twenty-six academic libraries in Wisconsin offered public access to WISE-LegRed during February and March.  The WISE-LegRed application allowed interested public users to create their own Senate, Assembly, or Congressional districts.  Public input was sought after the 1990 Census, but the software was difficult to use.  The easy-to-use WISE-LegRed application was developed by the Wisconsin Legislative Technology Services Bureau in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Applied Population Laboratory, and the Legislative Reference Bureau.

WISE-LegRed used the wards that were submitted by counties and municipalities in the fall of 2001, and public users could then create and submit legislative redistricting plans to their state senator, representative, or the committee holding hearings on Wisconsin redistricting.  More information about the redistricting program and the participating libraries is available at:
http://www.legis.state.wi.us/wiselegred/

Mary Hayden
McIntyre Library
Government Publications Dept
UW-Eau Claire
715-836-3421
haydenm@uwec.edu

August 2003

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August 2003

From the Chair

By Nancy Mulhern

August seems to be an appropriate time to reflect on what has been and what is coming up for GIRT members. First and foremost we should all celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wisconsin State Depository Program. A century of providing documents to the people of Wisconsin, is quite an accomplishment. To commemorate this occasion the Government Information Round Table designed a bookmark. All state depository libraries have received a supply of these to distribute. For libraries that would like to distribute the bookmarks and for those who may have run out, a pdf file is available at the GIRT website. http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/girt/index.html.

The 2003 Government Information Day was held May 30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society. 28 registrants were on hand to hear the guest speakers and browse the displays of materials from the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute and the Wisconsin DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program.

  • Andrew Savagian and Jessica Milz from the DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program provided an overview of the program created in 1995 that is charged with the cleanup and return of contaminated properties in Wisconsin to environmentally safe and productive use. The discussion included cleanup of various materials, petroleum, chemical contamination and Brownfield cleanup. The DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program maintains a listserv of its activities, publishes a quarterly journal RE News, is on the DNR website and maintains the BRRTS Bureau for Remediation and Redevelopment Tracking System, the Brownfield Locations Information System (BLIS) and the GIS Registry of Closed Remediation Sites. For additional information, visit the Redemption and Redevelopment Webster at: www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/rr/
  • Ed Lynch of the Fox River Cleanup Project continued our theme with an interesting discussion of the Fox River Project.
  • Tim Asplund of the DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater and Stephen M. Born of Waters of Wisconsin Project completed the morning with discussing Wisconsin groundwater. The Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater is responsible for monitoring and enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act, plan review of water systems and groundwater standards, monitoring and protection. 75 % of Wisconsin's residents rely on groundwater for drinking and domestic uses. Information resources produced include a website, reports, maps, newsletters and databases such as the Drinking Water System, Groundwater Retrieval Network, Source Water Assessment Program and the Surface Water Inventory System. For more information visit the Bureau's website at http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/ water/dweg
  • Nancy Mulhern presented a history of the Wisconsin Document Depository Program in honor of its centennial year.
  • Peter Cannon and Marian Rogers completed the formal program with an enlightening presentation entitled It's HOW Many Pages Long? Finding One Item In the State Budget Bill. Peter and Marian provided insights on locating information within the lengthy budget bill, which can easily exceed a thousand pages.

During the remainder of the afternoon program we heard news updates from Beth Harper on the federal Regional Depository, Loretta Harmatuck on the Wisconsin Depository Library Program, and Michelle McKnelly on the most recent Federal Depository Library Council meeting. GIRT officially recognized the contributions of retiring members John Koch and Sandy Sechrest.

Following Government Information Day GIRT held its Business Meeting. The Legislative Library Day Scholarship will be continued this year, even though there were no applicants for the scholarship its first year. A description of GIRT to be used in WLA membership brochures was approved, and programming for 2004 WAAL, WAPL and WLA conferences was discussed.

I hope all GIRT members are planning to attend the 2003 WLA Conference in Milwaukee on October 28-31. While at WLA, please stop by the GIRT table in the exhibit area to look at the 2003 Wisconsin Distinguished Documents and Honorable Mentions, pick up a Legislative Day Scholarship, and talk with fellow Round Table members. The GIRT Business meeting will be held Wednesday, October 29, at noon. So grab and lunch and join the meeting-we need your input!

We are sponsoring two interesting programs on Wednesday, October 29, as well. Be sure to see Navigating the BLS WEB Site-Tips and Tricks for Finding What You Need, presented by Stephen La Port, an economist from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Chicago office. Also, do not miss our own GIRT member Michael Watkins, from UW-Oshkosh, who will give a presentation entitled The Millennial Census-Census 2000. I look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Nancy Mulhern
Government Information Librarian
Wisconsin Historical Society Library
nlmulhern@whs.wisc.edu
(608) 261-2460

Distinguished Document of 2002

The Government Information Round Table announced its Distinguished Government Document Award of 2002 at Government Information Day on Friday May 30 at the Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium. The winner of the award is Understanding Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin: the First Step to Disease Control. The Department of Natural Resources published the document. It was written by Jennifer Pelej and designed by Jeanne Gomoll.

Understanding Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin: the First Step to Disease Control provides background information including the history and progression of Chronic Wasting Disease since it was first identified. The discovery of the disease in Wisconsin and health concerns related to humans and livestock are also chronicled. The effects of the disease related to deer herd management and deer hunting are documented, including precautionary measures that should taken by deer hunters. The well-crafted publication, which is replete with charts, maps, and lively illustrations, provides a quick yet detailed overview of the important aspects of the disease and its effects in Wisconsin. The document can be obtained at any library participating in the Wisconsin Documents Depository Program. It is available online at: http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/ wildlife/whealth/issues/CWD/ cwdbook.pdf.

Documents published in Wisconsin in 2002 receiving Honorable Mention were:

  • The Financial Resource Guide for Cleanup & Redevelopment. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Commerce, 2002. 50 p.
  • Growing Wisconsin's Economy. Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Office of Public Affairs, 2002. 18 p. WI TRN. 2:E 25/2002
  • Wisconsin Great Lakes Chronicle. Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, 2002. 21 p.
  • Wisconsin Legislator Briefing Book 2003-2004. Wisconsin Legislative Council, 2002. 355 p.

Nancy Mulhern announced at Government Information Day that two of the documents identified in the 2001 Distinguished Government Documents Award rankings were chosen as Notable Documents for 2002 by ALA/GODORT. The announcement was made in the May 15 issue of Library Journal. The two documents selected for this honor were:

  • Teaching Character Education Using Children's Literature: Wisconsin's Standards of the Heart. Division for Learning Support, Equity and Advocacy and Division for Learning Support, Instructional Services, Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, 2001. 72 p.
  • Transportation Planning Resource Guide: a Guide to preparing the Transportation Element of a Local Comprehensive Plan. Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, Division of Transportation Investment Management, Bureau of Planning, 2001. 88 p.

The Distinguished Document Award winner for 2002, along with the Honorable Mention documents, will be submitted to the American Library Association as nominations for the 2003 Notable Documents Award.

Michael P. Watkins
Head of Government Documents Division
Forrest R. Polk Library
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
watkins@uwosh.edu
(920) 424-7305