Local Historian Presents BU Program On Government Documents

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—Local historian George Turner will present “Using Government Documents in Researching Local History” Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Schweiker Room of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Andruss Library. The program is open to the public free of charge.

According to Katie Yelinek, BU’s government documents coordinator, the program will be offered as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the library’s designation as a federal depository library. Turner will discuss how government documents may be used when researching local history and genealogy. He will be introduced by Kathy Hale, library development adviser with Pennsylvania’s State Library, Harrisburg, who will talk about government documents and depositories.

BU’s Andruss Library houses about 40 percent of all government documents, either on the shelves or online, Yelinek said. These include documents produced by the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and the Central Intelligence Agency, as well as the president’s public papers, foreign relations documents and the U.S. government manual, a handbook of government agencies.

“Government documents may be used by anyone,” Yelinek said. “The State Library, as a regional depository, gets 99 percent of government documents and we can make them available through interlibrary loan.”

The Andruss Library also is noting the anniversary with an exhibit and a new Web site.

For information on government documents available through BU’s Andruss Library or the Oct. 27 program, contact Yelinek at (570) 389-4228.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.