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Gov Docs Overview

  1. 1. Government Documents Librarianship Starr Hoffman ~ Head, Government Documents Department
  2. 2. A little about what we do… <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographic instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Web archiving </li></ul><ul><li>Professional presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Design web-pages </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting with local documents librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Collection development </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals for this Lecture <ul><li>What are government documents? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of things can you find in documents? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you access the collection? </li></ul><ul><li>What is it like to be a documents librarian? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a government publication? <ul><li>Government Information Products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created or compiled by government employees, at government expense, or as required by law </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Published or unpublished </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Restricted or publicly available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Print or electronic </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Acronyms Galore <ul><li>GPO — Government Printing Office </li></ul><ul><li>FDLP — Federal Depository Library Program </li></ul><ul><li>SuDoc — Superintendent of Documents </li></ul><ul><li>List of Government Acronyms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Colorado at Boulder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/govpubs/a-z/alpha.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abbreviations and Acronyms of the U.S. Government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/subjectareas/gov/docs_abbrev.html </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SuDoc Classification—Class Stem <ul><li>Alphabetical identifier of agency </li></ul><ul><li>Number to distinguish subordinate offices and bureaus </li></ul><ul><li>Period </li></ul><ul><li>Number to distinguish type of publication </li></ul>GP 3.2:
  7. 7. GP 3 . 2 : C56/8 /990 <ul><li>GP = Government Printing Office </li></ul><ul><li>3 = Superintendent of Documents </li></ul><ul><li>2 = General Publication </li></ul><ul><li>C56/8 = Cutter based on principle subject word of the title </li></ul><ul><li>990 = Year of publication (1990) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Tips for Using Documents <ul><li>DON’T PANIC </li></ul><ul><li>Determine if it’s: Federal, State, or Local Government </li></ul><ul><li>Determine agency or agencies that might be involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What group would gather or need this information?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indexes (places to search for docs) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://catalog.gpo.gov/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalog for a depository library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look for URLS in the record </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OCLC’s WorldCat via FirstSearch </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Wealth of Information
  10. 10. Subject Access <ul><li>U.S. Government Bookstore Browse by Subject </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bookstore.gpo.gov/subjects/index.jsp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browse Topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.browsetopics.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>U.S. Government Portals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business.gov; Cancer.gov; Nutrition.gov; Export.gov; Regulations.gov; Grants.gov; etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can find some of these on USA.gov “By Audience” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Depository Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Favorite Series <ul><li>Public Papers of the President </li></ul><ul><li>Digest of Educational Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Country Studies </li></ul><ul><li>National Park Handbooks ( similar data online ) </li></ul><ul><li>CIA Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Statistical Abstract of the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Office of Technology Assessment Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Holocaust Commission Publications ( some publications online ) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Quirky Titles <ul><li>Roswell Report </li></ul><ul><li>Roswell Report: Case Closed ( executive summary online ) </li></ul><ul><li>The Pentagon: The First Fifty Years </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Death Investigation </li></ul><ul><li>Drugs of Abuse ( similar data online ) </li></ul><ul><li>The FBI Laboratory </li></ul><ul><li>At Cold War’s End </li></ul><ul><li>Cloning Human Beings </li></ul>
  13. 13. What are some reference questions you can answer with government documents? <ul><li>I need to find the number of students graduating from public universities in Texas. </li></ul><ul><li>I am looking for a report from the Securities and Exchange commission on the October 1987 market crash. </li></ul><ul><li>My doctor wants me to eat more protein. What foods are high in protein? </li></ul><ul><li>What industry employs the most people in my county? </li></ul><ul><li>I want to see section 23-37 of the traffic law. (Ask to determine: local, state, federal?) </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find a form to get my name changed? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Help for New Docs Librarians <ul><li>Top 10 List for New Documents Librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/mgt/top10.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>21 Things to Do as a New Depository Coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/21things </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join the GovDoc-L listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the FDLP.gov website </li></ul>
  15. 15. Got questions? Ask us! <ul><li>Starr Hoffman </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>940-565-4150 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dept. email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul>

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