International Information / Edition 2

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Publications of international governmental organizations (IGOs) are among the most difficult documents for librarians to acquire, organize, and use. This revised work examines the documentation, publications, and computerized information services of major IGOs, such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the League of Nations, the International Development Research Center, and the G-7. Special attention is given to the consequences of recent institutional restructuring and retrenchment. The book covers institutions, resources, and processes. Chapters discuss the organizational and functional characteristics of IGOs; examine their available resources, including documents now available through electronic sources; and explore the role of the private sector and institutions outside the IGOs in providing access to IGO information. Hajnal also discusses collection development and reference and information work. This authoritative, up-to-dat

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Offers librarians advice on how to acquire, organize, and use the growing information from such organizations as the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the G7. Discusses organizational and functional characteristics of the organizations, public and private sources of electronic and paper documents, collection development, and reference and information work. Updated from the 1988 edition to account for such nuance shifts as the end of the Cold War and the consolidation of the European Union. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563081477
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 566
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER I. HAJNAL is Research Associate, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Adjunct Professor, School of Information Studies at the university. He is recipient of ALA's James Bennett Childs Award for his significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship, and he was the first recipient of the Academic Librarianship Award of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
1 The Institutional Setting 3
2 The United Nations 16
3 The European Union 51
4 Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 117
5 The League of Nations 139
6 The International Development Research Centre 163
7 The G7 202
8 Electronic Information Sources of the United Nations Family of Organizations 243
9 The Document Resources of the United Nations Library 273
10 The United Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale University 291
11 Role of the Private Sector and Other Non-IGO Organizations 318
The Developing Role Played by Chadwyck-Healey in Disseminating Information About the United Nations, the European Union, and Other Major International Organizations 321
Index to International Statistics Published by Congressional Information Service, Inc. 325
International Documents Review 333
Martinus Nijhoff Publishers as Disseminator of UN Information 335
Oxford University Press 339
Public Affairs Information Service, Inc. (PAIS) 342
Readex United Nations Documents and Publications, a History of International Documentation Partnership 347
12 The User's Perspective 356
13 Collection Development 401
14 Reference and Information Work 423
Bibliography 463
Index 513
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