Spring 2022 and Fall 2021 Minutes Available

May 23, 2022

The minutes from the Spring 2022 and Fall 2021 meetings are now available.

If you have additions or corrections, please email SaraJean Petite (sjw3@case.edu)

Spring 2021 Meeting Minutes Now Available

November 13, 2021

The minutes from the spring 2021 meeting are now available at: https://ohiogodort.org/organization-resources/general-information/meetings-and-programs/meeting-minutes-spring-2021/

Docs Prescriptions Spring 2018 Issue Available Online

May 2, 2018

The new issue of Docs Prescriptions is now available for your viewing pleasure. Issue 88 (Spring 2018) is available at: https://ohiogodort.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/issue88.pdf


Carol Singer, Editor

Fall 2017 Meeting Minutes Available

November 9, 2017

The minutes for the fall 2017 meeting are available at: https://ohiogodort.org/fall-2017-meeting-minutes-draft

Fall 2017 Issue of Docs Prescriptions is Available

October 31, 2017

The Fall 2017 issue of Docs Prescriptions is now available. You’ll find it at: https://ohiogodort.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/issue87.pdf





Bev Gage

August 7, 2017

I am saddened to inform you that Beverly Gage passed away on Saturday, August 5th. For those new to Ohio GODORT, Bev worked in government documents/information at Denison University from 1986 till her retirement in 2014, and was very active in this organization. Last year Bev was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.


Government Information featured in Ohio Libraries Quarterly

May 19, 2017

The most recent issue of the State Library of Ohio’s Ohio Libraries Quarterly includes interesting articles about the State Library’s Depository collection, the Cleveland Public Library’s Depository Collection, and the Federal Depository Library Program.

Spring 2017 Meeting Minutes (DRAFT)

May 15, 2017

Spring Business Meeting Minutes

State Library of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio

May 12, 2017

(To be presented for approval at the Fall 2017 meeting)

In attendance:

Elizabeth Cline, Sarah Dobransky, Kathy Hughs, Josh Jones, Roger Kosson Kirstin Krumsee, Elissa A. Lawrence, Stephanie Michaels, Lorna Newman, Carol Ottolenghi, Akram Pari, SaraJean Petite, Allen Reichert, Mary Ries, Carol Ann Singer, Ella Shurr, Peter Thayer, Linda Warren


Part 1: Brainstorming for the Future

Carol Ottolenghi led the group in a brainstorming session about the organization’s future direction and goals.  Here are some highlights:

  • We want to provide education about how FDLP publications offer official and reliable information.
  • We want to market government publications to people inside our institutions. This may involve activities such as: displays, blogs, getting into classrooms, and poster sessions at institutions’ in-person research showcases.
  • We want to reach out to groups that are not part of the traditional government documents community. This may involve activities such as: providing free educational materials for K-12 teachers, designing programs based on insights gleaned from outreach to interested groups (e.g. journalists, K-12 educators, genealogists, law librarians), and applying to do programs at other conferences.
  • We want to help each other. This may involve: reaching out to other state GODORTs, reaching out to retirees, and forming a clearinghouse for marketing resources.
  • We are updating the “Who we are” page on our website to reflect the updated GODORT of Ohio Constitution, which recognizes that government information is more than just “documents.”
  • In a password-protected blog post, we identified librarians interested in working on specific projects that will advance the above-mentioned goals. The URL of the blog post is: https://ohiogodort.org/2017/05/12/brainstorming-for-the-future/

Part 2: Chat with the State Library

Kirsten Krumsee had an informal discussion with the membership.  Here are some of the topics she discussed:

  • GPO Exchange: FDLP has moved to a new system for Needs and offers, which allows libraries to upload needs and offers lists as spreadsheets, and which facilitates matching.  She asked if Ohio would be interested in such as system.  Many people responded favorably to this idea.
  • Regional Discards: FDLP is allowing regionals to discard a title if it is digitized and four libraries have been designated as “preservation stewards” and agreed to keep the publication in physical format.
  • FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program: This synchronous online program teaches depository coordinators about many aspects of the program, including (but not limited to), PURLs and what is involved in opening a Depository box.
  • Weeding: Librarians doing weeding should contact Ms. Krumsee. One of the librarians present recommended that libraries discarding technical reports contact TRAIL (Technical Reports Archive & Image Library, http://www.technicalreports.org/trail/search/).  Krumsee reminded everyone that, because TRAIL did destructive scanning, documents should go through the usual disposal procedure before going to TRAIL.

Business Meeting:

I. Welcome

President Akram Pari welcomed everyone to the Spring GODORT meeting. She encouraged all to partake of the fruit and truly excellent cookies she’d brought before the program began.

II. Honoring Retirees

Ms. Pari recognized Cheryl Lubow and Lorna Newman on the occasion of their retirements.  She presented Ms. Newman with a retirement gift.  Ms. Lubow was not in attendance.

III. Secretary/Treasurer’s Report

Carol Ottolenghi presented the secretary/treasurer report.  SaraJean Petite moved that it be approved.  Kirsten Krumsee seconded the motion. The report was approved.

IV. Report from the State Library

Kirsten Krumsee reported that the State Library is having its bicentennial celebration on August 4, 2017.  She encouraged members to view the exhibit and request the book that the State Library would be offering to GODORT members.

She also asked the Ohio Depository members present if they would be interested in an electronic-only Ohio Depository program if it were to become available. Several members expressed an interest.

V. Committee Report: Membership

Lorna Newman sad that she, Carol Singer, and Peter Thayer were maintaining a list of “Interested People” to whom they sent meeting announcements.  Ms. Newman suggested GODORT might want to send meeting announcements to other listservs.

Carol Ottolenghi said that the ORALL (Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries) list should receive the meeting announcement.

Carol Singer said she was updating Bowling Green’s list of Ohio Depository libraries.  Kirsten Krumsee said that she had a current list.

VI. Committee Report: Website

SaraJean Petite reported that she would be updating the website in the upcoming weeks.

VII. Committee Report: Newsletter

Carol Singer reported that she sent the GODORT list a link to the current newsletter.


Kirsten Krumsee volunteered to be ALA/GODORT Liaison because she is attending the ALA meeting.

IX. Elections

Sarah Dobransky was elected as Program Chair/President Elect.

X. New Business: Meeting Schedule

Carol Ottolenghi presented a proposal for meeting in person only once a year because the fall meeting was poorly attended.  Several people said that the fall meeting locations required too much travel, and that they would be more likely to attend in person if the fall meeting were at the State Library.

The fall meeting was scheduled for Friday, November 3, 2017 at the State Library of Ohio.

XI. New Business: Modifications to Bylaws

To bring the bylaws into accord with the organization’s new outreach focus, the following bylaws changes were proposed.  SaraJean is drafting the precise language

  1. Turn the Ad-Hoc Strategic Planning Committee (Carol, Kirsten, SaraJean, Ella, and Sarah) into a standing committee.
  2. Add AALL/GODORT Liaison.
  3. Potentially Revise Constitution Article II to be consistent with objectives from strategic plan.

Protected: Brainstorming for the Future

May 12, 2017

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Spring 2017 Issue of Docs Prescriptions Available

May 8, 2017

Issue 86 (Spring 2017) of Docs Prescriptions is now available. You’ll find it at: https://ohiogodort.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/issue86.pdf


Carol A. Singer, Editor