1932: SINU’s Wheeler Library was congressionally designated as a selective Federal Depository Library (FDL). At that time, Carbondale was in the 25th Congressional District and Kent Ellsworth Keller (D - Ava) was the Congressman. Wheeler Library had about 32,000 items in the total collection.
1932 - 1953: All government documents arrived through the Library’s Serials Department. Various subject librarians made decisions on what government documents to receive.
1953 - Early 1960s: During this time, library materials were moved to the new Morris Library. With more room and additional funding to develop the collection, older volumes, such as War Department annual reports, were bought from places like the New York Mercantile Library.
1948 - 1974: Ruby Kerley was the Social Studies Librarian overseeing the Government Documents Collections. Ruby received her B. Ed., Southern Illinois University in 1929, her B.S. from the University of Illinois in 1933, and her library degree A.M.L.S. from the University of Michigan in 1941.
1974 – July 2001: Walt Stubbs was the Social Studies Librarian/Government Documents Librarian. Walt received his B.A. in History from SIU in 1965, his M.A.L.S from Northern Illinois University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Education from SIU in 1983. He is living now in Cobden, Illinois.
January 2001 - August 2003: Susan Tulis was the Government Information Librarian and, beginning November 2001, also served as Interim Associate Dean for Public and Collection Development Services. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Connecticut in 1975, and her MLS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977.
September 2003 – : Jian Anna Xiong is the Government Information Librarian. She received her BA in German Language and Literature from Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China in 1992, her MA in German Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, PR China in 1998, her MLS from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2003.
At this time, there are about 1.5 million tangible government documents – in print, on microfiche, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, disks, and maps.