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Happy 75th to UCLA!

In a govdoc-l posting on December 21, 2007, Jan Goldsmith informed the depository community that the Federal Depository LIbrary at UCLA celebrated it’s 75th anniversary. Her post states how they celebrated:

The UCLA Library celebrates its 75th anniversary as a member of the Federal Depository Library Program this year.  We were designated a depository in 1932 by Senator Samuel Shortridge. Over the course of these past years, we have provided free access to federal government information for the University community and beyond.  In honor of our anniversary, Kris Kasianovitz and Jan Goldsmith, with the professional assistance of Ellen Watanabe and Dawn Setzer, mounted an exhibit in the Young Research Library lobby.  Gary Strong signed letters notifying all legislators whose district we serve, including our Senators and Congress representatives.  For more information regarding 75 years of collection and services of the Federal Government Documents at the UCLA Library visit our Anniversary web page, at: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/yrl/depository_exhibit.html

Let’s hear it for UCLA for providing three quarters of a century of public service to the people of Los Angeles!

Happy 50th to Paul Meek Library at Univ of TN!

According to govdoc-l poster Ania Lasota, the Paul Meek Library had a terrific 50th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library:

This week we have celebrated 50th Anniversary of our depository status.  We did great: we had coverage by a local radio station, and also  Jackson, local and college paper. We ran information about the docs anniversary on the web, and the campus main electronic marquee. The staff put together a nice display of government documents and posters,  and we had a great reception – which went really well!  Our guests included Congressman and Mrs. John Tanner, Mayor, Chancellor, and others.  As an extra enticement for students to attend our event, we had a bunch of door prizes which local businesses graciously donated to us.

Our hats are off to Ania and others at the Paul Meek Library who did such a terrific job ensuring visibilty for their event!

It looks like it impressed Rep. Tanner as well who is reportedly planning to return to the library to give a lecture.

Congrats to Jian Anna Xiong, Morris Library

The Morris library in the McLafferty Annex library at Southern Illinois University Carbondale celebrated 75 years as a Federal Depository Library this past week. The Southern Illinoisan newspaper celebrated this occaision with an article titled Morris Library Recognized for Participation in Federal Program. The article featured a photo of documents librarian Jian Anna Xiong.

What I liked was that Ms. Xiong was able to get the paper to mention a number of highlights of the collection:

There are correspondences from Abraham Lincoln, volumes from the U.S. Bureau of Entomology and CIA reports on the Cuban Missile Crisis. According to library officials, much of the history of the federal government from 1789 to present day is available for viewing.

Government Information Librarian Jian Anna Xiong said the depository offers information on almost every imaginable aspect of the federal government.

"There are 400,000 documents on paper and about 900,000 on microfiche," she said. "It’s almost every area of American history: political science, race issues, slavery, taxes, health."

Happy Anniversary! And good work in getting your local media to notice the anniversary and to talk about your collection!