November 02, 2007

Morris to mark 75th year in federal library program

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Morris Library will mark its 75th year participating in the Federal Depository Library Program with a Nov. 9 celebration at the McLafferty Annex, located at 1785 University Press Drive on the west side of the campus.

The event, set for 1:30 p.m., wraps up months of special activities and exhibits highlighting Morris Library's involvement in the federal program established by Congress to assure free access by the public to government information. The observance is free and the public is welcome.

About 1,250 libraries across the nation are depositories and the Morris Library collection features about 1.5 million documents. Sources for the documents include the U.S. Geological Survey, the FBI, the CIA, the State Department, Congress and a variety of other federal agencies, according to Jian Anna Xiong, government information librarian for Morris Library.

Charles A. Seavey will be the keynote speaker. With more than three decades of library-related experience, Seavey's career includes teaching at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Arizona and other institutions of higher learning as well as work as a professional librarian specializing in government publications and maps. Seavey has received a number of awards and grants for his work.

Those attending the celebration and plaque presentation will also enjoy tours, exhibits and light refreshments. For more information contact Xiong at or by calling 618/536-2163.