William G. Kenz
Government Documents/Reference Librarian

                                                                           Library - Documents Dept.
                                                                                                    1104 7th Ave. S.
                                                                                                    Minnesota State University Moorhead
                                                                                                    Moorhead, MN  56563


Summary of Professional Career and Current Responsibilities and Activities:

I am responsible for collection management of the federal and state documents and  maps collections and am the consultant to library staff for documents and maps issues.  I coordinate collection development of the legal reference collection.  I created and maintain the library's web pages for Government Documents/Maps and Legal Resources.  I serve at the general reference desk and conduct library instruction for a variety of classes.

I began my stint here at MSUM in 1984.  Prior to this, I was Government Documents and Periodicals Librarian for a year at Albion College in Michigan, and before that I worked for the Western Michigan University Library Government Documents/Maps Dept. and the Kalamazoo Public Library Oshetmo Branch.


           Bachelor of Science  (Western Michigan University, 1979)
              Master of Science in Librarianship  (WMU, 1982)
              Master of Liberal Arts  (MSUM, 1991)

Published Book Reviews:

My reviews for Library Journal include music, Native American studies, and reference titles. Over 50 reviews have been published to date.  All reviews can be found online via several databases.  I am happy to email examples of my work upon request.

Prior to this, a review of "World Resources: A Guide to the Global Environment, 1992-1993" appeared in Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy (Summer, 1993; v. 8 n. 2; p 124).

I have also started reviewing for Government Information Quarterly and have had one review published in 2005.

Other Activities:

I participated in the development of the Minnesota Government Documents State Plan several years ago.  The Plan is designed to provide direction for the future of government documents in the state.

I was formerly a board member of the Clay County Law Library, with which the MSUM library offers a unique arrangement by providing legal resources to the community at large.  The Clay County Law Library provides funding for major legal resources housed in this library, making them much more accessible to the community.  The collection also serves, in particular, our Paralegal Department.

Professional Associations:

I have been or am currently a member of:

   American Library Association (including GODORT)
   Special Library Association
   Minnesota Library Association
   Minntrodocs (the Minnesota government documents librarians group)

Sorry, no fancy images or photos on this page!  If someone wants personal information about me, they can ask me directly.   Otherwise, I'm not going to mention my kids, pets (just Maggie, our 3 year old puppy), hobbies, etc, other than to suggest investigating my MUSIC web pages.  In addition to my responsibilities in the library, I am heavily involved in various music-related activities, including hosting a weekly North Dakota Public Radio radio program,
Dimensions in Jazz, on which  I feature a variety of jazz and free improvisation.

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Last updated 01/25/06  [William G. Kenz]