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WMU alumna gets prestigious Michigan library award

Aug. 11, 2003

LANSING, Mich. -- During its 2003 meeting, the Government Documents Roundtable of Michigan named Western Michigan University alumna Ann Marie Sanders of the Library of Michigan as a co-recipient of the organization's prestigious Jennie Award.

Named for the award's first recipient, Jennie Cross, the Jennie is awarded only as warranted for outstanding service to the Michigan documents community. This is the first time that the award has been given to more than one person in the same year and the first time it has been awarded since 1995.

Sharing the honor with Sanders is Paula Kaczmarek of the Detroit Public Library.

Between them, Sanders and Kaczmarek provide consulting services and continuing-education services for the entire Michigan librarian community. Their work includes interpretation of federal documents guidelines; mentoring; and serving as liaisons between the U.S. Government Printing Office and libraries in the field.

"Ann's passion for preserving and interpreting documents provide a real service to this state," said Christie Pearson Brandau, state librarian. "She and Paula are an excellent team that serve the people of Michigan exceptionally well. The Jennie is a very high honor, and we are proud to have Ann on our team at the Library of Michigan."

Sanders earned two both a master's degree in library science in 1982 and a master's degree in geography in 1991 from WMU. She serves as the Library of Michigan's depository librarian. She has been employed with the state library for eight years. The Library of Michigan and the Detroit Public Library are the only two regional depository libraries in Michigan. As such, all materials distributed by the United States Government Printing Office are received and permanently retained at these libraries. The Library of Michigan's collection includes maps and publications in print, microfiche and CD format. The library also provides public access to electronic government information available via the Internet.

The Library of Michigan is an agency of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries, whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for Michigan residents by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan's heritage and fostering cultural creativity. The department also includes the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Michigan Film Office and the Michigan Historical Center.

WMU media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu
Library of Michigan contact: Sarah Lapshan, 517 241-1736, slapshan@michigan.gov

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