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June 01, 2005 - 5:21:47 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Criminal Justice

Attorney General Mike Cox announced today (June 1) the results of two studies conducted by his office that reveal almost 10% of the employees caring for Michigan’s vulnerable adults have criminal backgrounds that include homicide, criminal sexual conduct, weapon charges, and drug offenses. The findings come three years after Michigan's first law requiring criminal background checks of prospective residential care facility employees went into effect.

May 31, 2005 - 4:08:46 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Quotes

Government information is a valuable national resource. It provides the public with knowledge of the government, society, and economy -- past, present, and future. The free flow of information between the government and the public is essential to a democratic society.

Source: Office of Management and Budget Circular A-130., Revised.

Source : Red Tape, Front Page News : May 2005.

May 31, 2005 - 4:02:08 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Documents Libraries / Librarians

The Government Documents Library at Michigan State University is now posting the contents of local Government Documents Displays on the web.

April 01, 2005 - 8:44:47 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Godort of Michigan

The Government Documents Round Table of Michigan is a group dedicated to promoting the effective use of publications and other information products issued by all levels of government.

Dont just sit there--get involved today. Whatever youre interested in -- federal, state, local, foreign, or international -- theres a place for you. Volunteer and influence what programs are held. Network. Help spread information about government documents/information products far and wide. Join and help support our programming and information sharing.

March 31, 2005 - 12:37:13 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Documents Libraries / Librarians, Quotes

Have you hugged a librarian today?

For context, here's an excerpt from a column by the President of Johns Hopkins University.

March 31, 2005 - 12:03:11 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Documents Libraries / Librarians

Ann Swaney from the Osterlin Library, Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City forwarded the following photos of a shadowbox received from the Superintendent of Documents and a bookmark celebrating their 40th Anniversary as a Federal Depository (1964-2004). Ann also reports she has been a librarian at Northwestern Michigan College for 20 years and the government documents librarian for 15.

Commemorative Shadowbox and

January 31, 2005 - 7:45:49 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Godort of Michigan, History

I recently received a message from the a student in South Africa asking "where did the term red tape come from?".

According to Herbert Kaufman's Red Tape, Its Origins, Use, and Abuses (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution, 1977), the term red tape derives from the ribbon once used to tie up legal documents in England. [See Red Tape, Issue 1, Jan.-Feb. 1979]

January 31, 2005 - 7:09:17 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Documents Libraries / Librarians

Janet Schneider has retired from the Schoolcraft College Library. I've been working with documents in various ways since 1969 and I admit that one of the reasons I applied for the job at Schoolcraft 15 years ago was because of the depository position. You are a great group of people. I have learned so much from so many of you and I have really enjoyed being part of the Michigan federal documents community. For those who wish to contact her in the future, she has provided the following e-mail address: jmmjs67@yahoo.com.

January 05, 2005 - 4:55:30 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Social Services, Children & Youth

Teens who get too old for the foster care system need better support to survive on their own.


Volunteer mentoring and tutoring programs to help kids aging out of the foster care system are sponsored by private agencies including Catholic Social Services of Lansing/St. Vincent Home, Lutheran Social Services, and Child and Family Services-Capital Area. Michigan State University has started a scholarship fund for students who leave foster care.



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