U.S. Government Information: Changes in 2009


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  • BRING TO CLASS Multiple formats of same title “ You may hear me using both government documents and government information. I’m really in transition, just like the collection. I think of them as government documents, but government information better captures the multiple formats.” Hearing – fiche – serial set volume – cd-rom – dvd – And I will be sure to include plenty of gratuitous cat pictures as I make a point…
  • Marc records – Serial Set complete? Hearings to be next LNC – Cong. Rec. Serial Set, 1970-2003 Hein: Taxation archive, updates to interface PURL workaround I’m going to include some big picture ‘tips’ along the way that I hope you find helpful…
  • Change is an integral part of our job. So, what kind of changes are we talking about?
  • Home › Services & Space › Government Documents at Lauinger Library › show how to get there > Go to actual page In 2009 we changed to a different way of presenting government information on our web site. The transition in 2007 from being a separate department and service point to an integrated service point wasn’t reflected on our web page, but it is now. The government information resources became integrated with the subject guides, but there is still a ‘gov docs’ page that describes our participation in the Federal Depository Library program. I like the fact that government information is now integrated into LibData and can be included in any number of subject guides, where relevant. This page is a living document and I’d like to include RSS feeds or other dynamic features. I invite comments or suggestions about including additional content.
  • Speaking of integrating content into subject guides, I want to point out some of the places where you are most likely to find government information resources. From the library’s home page, click on ‘Resources by Subject’, then Govt Law Politics and Intl Affairs. The link is really long so I’d rather just give you the path, if you don’t know it. There is no one single guide that is “all about government documents or government information”. When we migrated the guides from the previous HTML pages and the gov docs departmental web pages, I worked with staff here to include government information as a content type in LibData to more easily integrate government information into all relevant subject areas. Although the Government, Law, Politics & International Affairs section has a number of guides that will include U.S. government information, the ones I’ve listed here include resources for finding the types of government documents that come up in reference questions. The Legislation guide in particular is a new one that I would recommend when you get questions on finding bills, laws, reports, or any other general congressional publications.
  • GPO, the Government Printing Office, instituted some changes as far as the distribution of its documents. For congressional documents, they split up the items into different formats so that libraries that wanted to select Electronic only items could do so. Example: Enforcing Religious Freedom in Prison
  • If there was a location limit, the internet resources would not appear…
  • In some sense this has already been happening…if you limit to LAU Gov Docs Dept you would miss 2 of these 3 formats of this publication.
  • Discuss PURL workaround here! Look at MARC record for non-PURL link, if available or if GPO PURL is not working.
  • Back in the old days, things used to be so simple…we handed a CD-rom to a patron, they used it in a machine that would allow for installation of whatever programs was needed, they would use it, then hand it back to us…not ideal but those were simpler times… Once the reference desks merged, however, this created problems. We had no statistics on usage, no accountability for the items, no security tape, no circulation, and with the public terminals having administrative restrictions, we no longer had the ability to download special software that was often needed to use the disks. The transition was a big project. I worked with Susan Leister, Deb Cook and Steven Jackson to find a new physical location for the cabinets, a new loan rule, a new location code, and a new Item type in Millennium. The collection, numbering over 2000 cds, dvds, and yes even floppies, needed to be reviewed and either kept or weeded, with discards added to a Needs and Offers List, and all remaining CD’s needed to have security strips applied. Lourdes Valle, Vivian Christian and Tom Oertel were key players in this process. Once they were finished, I took these remaining items to the cabinets to shelve in SuDoc order. This change increases access to the collection, adds a measure of accountability to the individual items, and now gives us some measures for circulation that have never existed before for this collection. When I created a list on Tuesday I saw that out of a total of 2,224 items, 1,397 CD’s were processed and in the new location and 827 have been added to the Needs and Offers list. Now, all incoming depository CD’s and DVD’s will be processed and housed in this way. Please let me know if you encounter any issues or considerations! HAND OUT CD ROMS
  • End result: folks can now check out Chucho salva el dia! Ah, sweet success.
  • Last year at this time I was telling you about an upcoming load of MARC records in GEORGE. That load is almost complete. What is the significance of this? Well, that means that when it’s complete we will have added over 280,000 links to full text historical publications.
  • Sometime over the summer one or more of you may have noticed a tiny change in LexisNexis Congressional. It was in the date range of the availability of the electronic serial set. Where it used to say 1789-1969, it now says 1789-2003. It was such a small change that I didn’t see it at first. Nothing to tell me that the collection had been significantly expanded. So what’s now available in the Serial Set that we didn’t have before? SHOW EXAMPLES. What things are of interest here? Vietnam, Jonestown, Watergate, women’s rights ANOTHER TIP: think of this collection when researchers want primary documents on the 1970s, 1980s, and forward.
  • 795 pages, one of the most complete accounts of the events at Jonestown and includes government documents, newspaper articles, transcripts, and illustrations.
  • Congressional Record – last year at this time I was so excited about HeinOnline digitizing the Congressional Record, because we still had people requesting volumes from Riggs Library! Now, we have 2 choices for the Congressional Record: Hein and LexisNexis Congressional. The CR can be searched separately, in the ‘Congressional Record Only’ tab. But the key component here is the Record’s integration into other sources. So, if you find a Legislative History that has CR citations, those are now links to the text in the Record. LN Congressional Record now an additional tab. Also, I’ve pulled down this menu to point out the various options for searching. The default is ‘all fields except full text’. If you don’t get any results using this, choose ‘all fields including full text’.
  • So, once the MARC records are available for the Digital Hearings collection, we will be able to load those into the catalog as well. http://catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b3789620 http://catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b3790619 http://catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b3790763 http://catalog.library.georgetown.edu/record=b3791763 Click on full record, show full cataloging, subject headings, Surplus Lands, Blackfeet Indian Reservation – shows microform and e-books formats
  • Once this is complete, it will be much easier to find historical hearings in GEORGE. Right now we still have the Greenwood fiche of historical hearings…
  • Review what it already has…Describe each one a little bit? CFR FR ASP FRUS U.S. Presidential Library U.S. Statutes at Large – Public Laws
  • Demonstrate bookmarks and MyHein – allows for RefWorks citations
  • This will be of most interest to researchers who are studying legislation on taxation, economic reform, but it’s kind of mind-boggling. There is a 31 volume legislative history of President Clinton’s Healthcare reform of 1993-1994. I encourage you to browse the various titles and get an idea of the types of coverage.
  • FBIS info here
  • One thing that
  • 1993 forward, full text of a number of congressional documents and the collection keeps growing.
  • U.S. Government Information: Changes in 2009

    1. 1. Kristina Bobe [email_address] November 5, 2009 Keeping Up…
    2. 2. <ul><li>New Government Documents web page </li></ul><ul><li>New or updated research guides </li></ul><ul><li>GEORGE catalog changes </li></ul><ul><li>CD-Roms: weeding, location, circulation </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis Congressional: new resources </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline: new resources </li></ul><ul><li>FBIS database </li></ul><ul><li>GPO’s Fdsys: expanded collections </li></ul>
    3. 3. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr
    4. 4. http://www.library.georgetown.edu/govdocs
    5. 5. <ul><li>Home > Resources by Subject > Government, Law, Politics, & International Affairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criminal Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Declassified Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Regulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government & Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislation (updated in 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presidency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tip : check Legislation guide for our access to Bills , Hearings , Laws and Statutes </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Change for congressional publications: location not limited to LAU Gov Docs Stx </li></ul><ul><li>One document, multiple locations </li></ul><ul><li>Drawback: if you limit your search to ‘LAU Gov Docs Dept’ in GEORGE you could miss many newer government documents </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : don’t limit your location! Search on keywords or subject headings so that you don’t miss relevant results OR for expert searchers, browse or search by SuDoc # </li></ul>
    7. 7. Same publications, different locations
    8. 8. Same publication, but 3 entries and available in 3 formats
    9. 9. In Gov Docs Stacks: CR 1.2: R 27/4 In Reserves: CR 1.2: R 27/4/CD Online: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS107906 http://www.usccr.gov/pubs/STAT2008ERFIP.pdf
    10. 10. <ul><li>Pre-2009: CD-Roms housed in locked cabinets in Government Documents area </li></ul><ul><li>Now: CD-Roms housed in cabinets in Access Services </li></ul><ul><li>Location: LAU GovDocs CD to LAU Reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Call Number: SuDoc </li></ul><ul><li>Loan Period: 3 days </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : think of this collection when students or faculty ask about data sets </li></ul>
    11. 11. Chucho salva el dia An environmentally friendly dog that speaks Spanish (Not available online)
    12. 12. <ul><li>283,529 MARC records loaded into GEORGE from the LexisNexis Congressional Serial Set </li></ul><ul><li>Documents from 1789-1969 </li></ul><ul><li>Included with our LN subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Annual reports, House and Senate documents and reports, more here… </li></ul><ul><li>Load is almost complete </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : search on a keyword combined with ‘serial set’, limit to E-BOOKS material type </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Full text documents from the Serial Set for those decades now available </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : go to the ‘ Search By Number ’ tab for Senate Documents, Treaty Documents, Reports, Executive Reports, and House Documents and Reports, i.e. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H.doc.96-369, S.Rpt. 96-926, H.Rpt. 96-857 </li></ul></ul>
    14. 18. Congressional Record – full text LexisNexis Congressional database
    15. 20. And find is so much better than search…
    16. 21. <ul><li>MARC records are being loaded for the Digital Hearings Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Like the Congressional Serial Set, MARC records are included with our LN subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Link to full text of hearing </li></ul><ul><li>As with other subscription-based sources, will require authentication from off-campus from to view </li></ul>
    17. 24. <ul><li>Code of Federal Regulations 1938-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Register 1936-2009 (includes U.S. Government Manual, 1935-2009) </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1976 </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of State Bulletin (1939-1989, Dispatch (1990-1999) </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Federal Agency Library </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Presidential Library </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Statutes at Large 1789-2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : now search by Public Law number! </li></ul>
    18. 25. <ul><li>Taxation & Economic Reform in America: A Historical Archive, 1781-2009 </li></ul><ul><li>“ search across tax regulations, laws, and hundreds of legislative histories dating back to the late 1700s! With this new collection, you will have access to more than 900 volumes and 900,000 pages of legislative history material” </li></ul><ul><li>Collection is not static: will be updated with new publications </li></ul>
    19. 26. <ul><li>RefWorks compatible, but ONLY for law review journal citations </li></ul><ul><li>MyHein allows saved data like searches and bookmarks </li></ul>
    20. 27. Legislative history of the ‘Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008’ (6 volumes)
    21. 28. <ul><li>Government publication: translations (into English) of foreign news coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Search by document type (excerpts, speeches, interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>Search by geographic region or browse events </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : look in this database for international views of political events , i.e., the international news coverage of the Lockerbie Bombing, Pan Am flight 103 </li></ul><ul><li>Tip : try variant spellings of names </li></ul>
    22. 30. And finally… A free, centralized source you can trust for government information…
    23. 31. http://gpo.gov/fdsys
    24. 33. <ul><li>Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>