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Locating Government Sources.

Locating Government Sources.



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  • Government Information LIBR 275 – Library Services to Diverse Communities Arglenda Friday
  • Government Information-Overview
    • Types of documents
    • Selection Tools by Type
    • Other Issues
      • Difficult to use for many patrons
      • Challenging for many librarians
      • Limited utility for ESL/ELL patrons
      • Options for printing brochures for Information Resource Kiosks to appeal to marginalized populations
  • Government Documents by Type
    • Federal
    • State
    • Regional
    • Local
    • International
    • Other agencies
  • U.S. Federal Documents
    • Originate from the executive, judicial, and legislative braches
    • Also produced by cabinets and agencies
    • Provide important sources of current and historical information
    • Usually free or reasonably priced
    • May be available in languages other than English
  • U.S. Documents: Selection Tools
    • Government Printing Office (GPO) access
    • Statistical Abstract of the U.S.
    • Congressional Record
    • Fedworld
    • NTIS
    • May be available only in English
    • E-formats may be convertible to other languages
  • State & Local Government Publications
    • These documents are usually more print-oriented
    • Usually textual
    • Can be copyrighted
    • Electronic access to information varies from state to state and by locality
    • May require more staff time to help those with limited computer literacy
    • May be available only in English
  • State & Local Government: Appeal to Marginalized Groups
    • Monthly checklist of state publications
    • Council of State Governments
    • Individual state governments
    • Databases
    • Pathfinders and tools created by librarians
    • Information can be used to create resource lists or brochures for Information Resource Kiosks
  • Local Government Publications
    • These are the local ordinances and laws passed by the cities and municipalities
    • Not many selection tools
    • Often useful for education and health information
    • Very useful for Information Resource Kiosks
    • Access to electronic version varies
    • Usually have to be researched individually by ordinance, law, publication, etc.
  • International Documents
    • These documents can come from countries, organizations, and associations throughout the world
    • Many nations have a government printing office or agency with similar responsibilities
    • Bernan/UNIPUB is major player
    • Can be used to promote services to immigrant populations
    • Often available in other languages
  • International Docs: Selection Tools
    • Individual countries
    • Individual agencies
      • United Nations Publications
      • World Health Organization
      • UNESCO
      • World Bank
      • Some U.S. agencies with international scope
        • Centers for Disease Control
  • Federal Depository Library Program
    • Established circa 1800s
    • Two types: full or selective
      • Full accepts all publications offered by FDLP
      • Selective encouraged to accept >15%
    • FDL Composition
      • Academic libraries - 50%
      • Public libraries - 20%
      • Academic law libraries - 11%
      • Community college libraries – 5%
      • State and special libraries – 5%
      • Federal and state court libraries – 5%
      • Federal agency libraries – 4%
  • Government Information @ ML King Library
    • Federal depository library
      • Partial depository
      • Selects items once/year; weed at any time
      • Many pubs migrating to electronic format
      • MARCIVE used for automatic bibliographic record into the catalog
    • State depository library
      • Full depository for California publications
      • Many pubs migrating to electronic format
  • Electronic Government Information: Issues
    • Authentic?
    • Is it secure from hackers?
    • What is the final “official” copy?
    • Will it stay on the Internet?
    • How will changes to the document occur?
    • How to access?
    • Easily translatable to other languages
    • Increasing awareness to marginalized groups?