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|REFERENCE GUIDE BY SOUTHEASTERN LIBRARIAN EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
HAMMOND -- A reference guide
on state government information sources conceived and edited by a Southeastern
Louisiana University librarian has been named an Outstanding Academic Title
of 2004 by an American Library Association publication.
“Tapping State Government Information Sources,”
a reference book developed by Lori L. Smith, head of government documents
at Southeastern’s Sims Memorial Library, was one of 10 general reference
works recognized by “Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries” as
representing the most significant print and electronic works reviewed.
“Choice” is considered the premier reviewing medium for college, university
and research libraries, evaluating over 6,000 titles every year.
Smith’s book is a state-by-state review of
state government publications, web sites and commercial sources. The book
was published by Greenwood Publishing Group and written with four other
co-authors selected by Smith: Daniel Barkley of the University of New Mexico,
Daniel D. Cornwall of Alaska State Library; Southeastern library director
Eric W. Johnson, and J. Louise Malcomb of Indiana University.
Smith, who joined the Southeastern library
in 1991, is chair of the Louisiana Advisory Council for the State Documents
Depository Program, which advises the Recorder of Documents Office at the
state library. The office gathers publications produced by state agencies
and distributes them to libraries around the state. Smith initiated work
on the reference book in an attempt to aid the council in determining the
best methods of cataloging, distributing and preserving Louisiana publications.