Volume 16, #2 Fall/Winter 2010/2011
From the Chair:
CIC Google Digitization
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries News: Andrea Singer is back from her sabbatical leave where she studied Tibetan. The addition of IUB's Auxiliarly Libreary Facility has been completed with additional space becoming available for research collections within the next couple of months. We're emphasizing "marketing" and trying to send a once weekly marketing message to the IUB Libraries website, staff news, or sponsor a training event. Topics covered include 1880 Census inclusion of illustrations; the wonder of CRS reports via Lexis-Nexis Congressional.; the World Health Organization (WHO) data source online; Interstate 69 documents and numerous webinars provided by vendors. Our purpose is getting an expanded patron base but also staff throughout our libraries knowing the variety of resources we have.
We switched to Ancestry Library Edition from Heritage Quest so we would have all available years of the manuscript census available for history students. It includes many military records/sources, Stars and Stripes, and many other "federal" records. We now have access to the Congressional Record via LexisNexis (provided by IUB) Libraries as well as Hein Online (provided by IUB Law.) Most early 15 minutes Indiana topographic maps are digitized and linked through our maps website. We are working on the 7.5 minute links. We have a volunteer who is working on providing geo-referencing for these maps http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=3386
Many Indiana Geological Survey reports are now digitized and available through IU Scholarworks. We still have to add other years and the accompanying maps, but if you need early year IGS map reports email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it to you.
Just a reminder of our excellent staff (I'm prejudiced of course): Andrea Singer-Foreign documents and Indian and Tibetan Studies; Linda Kelsey-Reference and Collections emphasizing International documents and microforms; Pam Glim-Reference and Collections emphasizing Indiana and overall government information; Kimberly Horne-public services with oversight of hourly staff and technology; Sarah Lucas-Public Service emphasizing maps and day to day operationsp Heiko Muhr-Map collections emphasizing map cataloging; Kathy Marlett-special projects; and Lou Malcomb...U.S. and State/Local Documents and Geosciences including maps. WE LOVE REFERENCE so don't hesitate to contact us email@example.com (Lou Malcomb)
Purdue Libraries News-We have made significant progress in our pre-1976 retrospective cataloging of materials for the Government Documents Light Archive and are currently working on congressional agricultural committee hearings. These materials are being taken from the HSSE Library "Attic" and will be held in the Undergraduate Library's HIKS Repository. Many of these documents will also be available in a storage facility at Lynn Hall where Purdue's Veterinary Medical programs are located. We are also in the preliminary beginnings of the process to plan for cataloging and preparing materials we seek to include in the Google Digitization project. I participated in an August meeting at the University of Michigan with most other CIC Government Documents Librarians on the Google Digitization project. Purdue Libraries have moved to Libguides as a means of providing our users with research assistance and I have spent a major chunk of time this year working on that. You can view these here. Eventually, I intend for the INDIGO website to be moved to this format. A nice feature of Libguides is that you can track statistics for how many times individual pages and information resources on pages have been accessed. On the research and publishing front, I have submitted my the initial draft of my next book Geopolitics: A Guide to the Sources to Praeger Security International and anticipate publication in the first part of 2011. I have also contributed an chapter on government information resources for a book being compiled and edited by Purdue's Homeland Security Institute personnel and an interdisciplinary variety of Purdue faculty entitled Advances in Homeland Security: Pandemic Preparedness which will be published by Taylor & Francis. I also participated in an assessment of libraries resources for Purdue's Political Science Department has it is undergoing an external review and my assessment strongly emphasized the critical value of government information resources. A busy class instruction schedule has also been on my docket this fall semester. Becky and I got to go to the Sydney, Australia area on our summer vacation. One of the highlights was touring the State Library of New South Wales and this facility's Mitchell Library (which hosts their most historic materials) and an exhibit highlighting their centennial which included early British colonial gazettes and reports of exploring expeditions in the Blue Mountains about an hour northwest of Sydney. We also got to see the New South Wales State Parliament. (Bert Chapman).
Government Invasive Species Research: The website invasivespecies.gov/ coordinates the research and information dissemination activities of agencies such as the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, EPA, Interior Dept., NASA, and others who are concerned with developing high-level policy coordination on dealing with invasive species. These species are defined as "an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does, or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." Topics addressed by the federal and non-federal stakeholders on the Invasive Species Advisory Committee include prevention; early detection and rapid response; control, management, and restoration; research; education and public awareness; international cooperation; organizational collaboration and budgetary matters; and how individuals can combat invasive species. Resources on this website include the current newsletter describing how non-native Asian Carp are threatening to invade and infest the Great Lakes, a calender of national and international invasive species organizational meetings, and descriptions of ongoing invasive species research projects from these agencies. (Bert Chapman).