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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mary Nere

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As the Government Documents Technician , I am responsible for administering the materials for the government documents collection. Adding print, microfiche, and electronic documents from the various government agencies to the library catalog is my main responsibility. I maintain the physical collection, working with the Government Documents Librarian in discarding superseded and outdated materials. I see that the appropriate documents are sent to the University of Minnesota, the regional depository, when discarding. It is also my responsibility to train and supervise the government document student assistants. In addition, I construct monthly government document displays at Memorial Library, as well as collect display submissions from libraries around the country to add to our website "Government Documents Display Clearinghouse".



  • Traverse des Sioux Regional Library System, 1976-78 and 1984-86
    Handled interlibrary loan requests
  • Library Assistant, N. Mankato Public Library, 1986-1998
  • Government Documents Technician since 1998


  • Memorial Library Paraprofessional Organization member,
    President, 2010
  • Chair for National Library Week Committee, 1999
  • Networking/ Goodwill Committee, 1999-2002
  • Library Book Sale Committee, 2002
  • Library-wide Planning Committee, 2002-2003, 2007-2008
  • Library Logo Committee, 2003
  • Outreach Committee, 2009
  • Campus Environmental Committee, 2009-2010

Professional Activities/Training:

  • MN-S.D. Government Publications Information Forum, 1998,1999,2003,2005
  • Quality on the Front Line Conference, 1998
  • Customer Service Training, 1998
  • Soaring to Excellence Workshop, 1998, 2001, 2004
  • Pals User Group, 1999, 2000
  • MN Government Document Spring Forum, 1999, 2000
  • MOTSE Workshop, 2002
  • Branch-out, August, 2003
  • Minntrodocs, 2004
  • MnPals User Group, 2007, 2008
  • Get Motivated Seminar, 2007
  • Enhancing Quality Staff, 2008
  • Time Management Workshop, 2008
  • MnPals Cataloging Workday, 2009


  • "Creating Government Document Displays"
    Government Document Spring Forum, St. John's University-May 2000
  • MLA Conference, St. Paul-September 2000
  • Federal Depository Library Conference, Washington D.C.-Oct.2000
  • "GovDocs Rock!" Branch-out, Aug. 2003


I enjoy gardening, traveling, cooking, reading, theater, most kinds of music & acrylic painting.