The Juneau - John Rishel Mineral Information Center is Closed 


Bureau of Land Management
Alaska State Office

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Release No. 07-27
Contact: Ruth McCoard, 907-271-3322 or Sharon Wilson, 907-271-4418

Date: June 19, 2007

Juneau-John Rishel Mineral Information Center to Close

The doors to the Juneau-John Rishel Mineral Information Center (JRMIC) will officially close to the public July 20, 2007. Funding for the Alaska Minerals Program, which includes the JRMIC, was not included in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget for 2008. The U.S. Coast Guard will move into the building this summer.
The JRMIC is located on Mayflower Island in Douglas, Alaska. The center houses a specialized mining and geology library with a collection of more than 20,000 mineral-related items, including books, journals, maps, and state and federal government documents.
Closing the facility, recognized as a valuable repository of early Alaska mining history, will allow the employees time to pack and transfer records, displays, artifacts, and a variety of equipment before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. Most office furniture and outdoor equipment will be sent to the BLM’s Campbell Tract warehouse in Anchorage for processing.
Mining artifacts will be transferred to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and will be identified by a commemorative plaque recognizing the John Rishel collection. The world-class mineral collection will be transferred to the University of Alaska Anchorage, one of the only facilities in the state with room to display the complete collection.

Records and books will be transferred to the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) in Anchorage and the Alaska Department of Geological and Geophysical Surveys (DGGC) in Fairbanks. An effort is being made to keep information specific to southeast Alaska available in Juneau libraries. The information will remain accessible to the public. For information on using ARLIS, go to www.arlis.org or call 907-272-7547.

In 1996, the Bureau of Mines was deactivated and the Juneau facility, library, and mineral assessment functions were transferred to the BLM. In 2003, the facility was formally renamed the Juneau-John Rishel Mineral Information Center. John Rishel was a congressional aide and lobbyist, and an advocate for the mining industry in Alaska.