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  • Archival arrangement to numberingStems changed over time some added some changed some discontinued example: War Dept W, Navy N now D DefenseFW Federal Works 1930's 1940's HS Homeland Security added since 2001Some libraries do convert their items to LC or Dewey and interfile on the shelf, most retain the SuDoc scheme some move perm to collection but leave bulk in SuDoc
  • Government Information for All

    1. 1. Government Information for All Tri-State Region Maine New Hampshire Vermont
    2. 2. Objectives of presentation o Types of government information that is available for all citizens o How to access government produced information both electronic and in tangible formats o Where to turn for further assistance
    3. 3. James MadisonA popular Government without popular information, or themeans of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or aTragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever governignorance, and a people who mean to be their ownGovernors, must arm themselves with the power whichknowledge gives.August 4, 1822
    4. 4. Tenants of Government InformationAccess• The public has the right of access to government information;• Government has the obligation to disseminate and provide broad public access to its information;• Government has an obligation to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of its information;• Government has an obligation to preserve its information; and• Government information created and compiled by government employees or at government expense should remain in the public domain.
    5. 5. Government Printing Office History• GPO officially established in 1813 with contract printers• Began in house printing during the 1860’s• Public Printer Bill Boarman on GPO• Government one of largest publishers• 1,250 depository libraries• Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established, 1895, by Congress to ensure that the American public had access to its Governments information• Free access to any citizen at any depository library
    6. 6. FDLP LogoDisplayed at all library entrances participating in program
    7. 7. Resources Every library has: • Crime in the United States • Budget of the United States • Economic Report of the • Catalog of Federal Domestic President Assistance • Federal Register• • Census Bureau Catalog • Franchise Opportunities • Census of Housing Handbook • Census of Population • Historical Statistics of the U.S. • Code of Federal Regulations • Monthly Catalog of Gov (CFR) Publications • Congressional Directory • Occupational Outlook • County-City Data Book Handbook
    8. 8. Resources continued • Publications Reference File • Slip Laws • Statistical Abstract • Statutes at Large • Subject Bibliographies • Supreme Court Reports • United States Code • United States Government Manual • United States Industrial Outlook • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
    9. 9. History of Univ of Maine and Tri-State• Regional/Selective libraries• Twenty-six libraries in ME, NH, VT that participate in FDLP• UMaine is not oldest in the state: Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, Portland Public Library, Bangor Public Library 1884• UMaine beginnings 1890• 1907 Land Grant• 1962 regional• 1966 Tri-State regional
    10. 10. Presque Isle Bangor Uniiv Maine Maine MaritimeUniv Vermont Colby Johnson Bates State Law Middlebury VT State Lib Norwich VT Law School Bowdoin Dartmouth U Maine Law, Portland Public Castleton UNH, SNHU, St. Anselm, Manchester City, Nashua Public, NH State Library, NH State Law, UNH Law School
    11. 11. In Maine Libraries• URSUS records for all new items• URSUS/MaineCat links to online resources through 856 field• 2.2 million items in UMaine collection• UMaine retain everything call for pre-1976 items spotty in URSUS• Others 5 years and limited selection• Listings for UMaine,UMLaw, Bangor Public Library, Maine Law Legislative Reference Library, UMaine Presque Isle in URSUS• MaineInfoNet: Portland Public Library, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Maine Maritime Academy• Limit in URSUS to gov docs, gov docs serial, gov docs maps, gov doc computer• Can request items through URSUS/Minerva/MaineInfoNet• Can request items through traditional ILL, OCLC, Docline
    12. 12. SuDoc Numbers OverviewDoesn’t work the same as LC or DeweyNA 1250.A85989.134 .R23GP 1.2: IN 3/2 Keeping America InformedArranged by Dept/sub dept/bureau and type information
    13. 13. SuDoc Class Stems aka DeptsSuDoc Class DeptarmentA Agriculture  GP 1.2: IN 3/2 KeepingAE National America Informed Archives  Currently 59 Class &Records Stems Admin  Numbers after the initialB Broadcasting Department designation Board of Governors refer to the sub departments, cabinets,C Commerce offices, etc. These areCC Federal arranged 1-x Communicatio alphabetically by the ns Commission name of the office atD Defense the time of creationE EnergyED Education
    14. 14. SuDoc Subordinate Structure .5 LawsNumbers after decimal .6 Regulations, rules, andindicate the following: instructions .7 Press releases .8 Handbooks, manuals,.1 Annual Reports and guides.2 General Publications .9 Bibliographies and lists.3 Bulletins of publications.4 Circulars .10 Directories .11 Maps and charts .12 Posters .13 Forms .14 Addresses
    15. 15. Government Web SitesUSA.Gov - American Fact Finder Topics: Your Pathway to Government Projects Registry Guide
    16. 16. Our web pagesWeb page documents links Nations Experiment Station deptsPatents (Science & Engineering)Maine docs (Special Collections)
    17. 17. Service Hours at Orono Hours during academic semester Mon - Thur 8am - 9pm Fri 8am - 5pm Sat 10am - 5pm Sun 12:30pm - 9pm
    18. 18. Future• Continue with born-digital of government information FDSys• Increase amount of historical material digitized through partnerships such as the Registry• Discussion of reorganizing the regional/selective program in the age of digital• Funding for the GPO• Nationally some libraries are leaving--two regionals, but in region all current libraries plan to stay in program. Many are moving to electronic selection.• Maine State Plan for Government Information Does anyone want to join?
    19. 19. More Info• Fogler Government Info pages• Tri-State Web Site state-libraries/home• FDLP Desktop• Slideshare of this presentation
    20. 20. Questions? Office: (207) 581-1681 Dept: (207) 581-1680 Twitter: @gmalbc Tumblr: