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Lobbying for Libraries and the Public's Access to Government Information: An Insider's View
     

Lobbying for Libraries and the Public's Access to Government Information: An Insider's View

by Bernadine E. Abbott-Hoduski, Senator Paul Simon (Foreword by)
 

Bernadine E. Abbott Hoduski, founder of the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), could very well be considered the "mother" of all government documents librarians. Still an active member in the government and library community, her name resonates throughout information circles. Structured like a memoir, with tips about lobbying

Overview

Bernadine E. Abbott Hoduski, founder of the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), could very well be considered the "mother" of all government documents librarians. Still an active member in the government and library community, her name resonates throughout information circles. Structured like a memoir, with tips about lobbying interwoven throughout, Lobbying for Libraries is a lively account of one woman's 21-year mission to get funding for libraries to establish systems that improve the way information is distributed nationwide. She offers valuable guidelines on how to lobby as an individual or group, design a bill, communicate with policymakers through traditional and new technologies, and how to influence the legislative process. Hoduski has quilted the fabric of her experiences in policy making into an insightful book that is as entertaining as it is useful. Truly a worthwhile read for government document librarians, lobbyists, and policy makers.

Editorial Reviews

Queen City News
Abbott-Hoduski knows what she is talking about. This book is one of a handful I expect to keep permanently for future reference. Citizen activists who feel a bunch of ignorant and arrogant talking heads control our government, investigative reporters, coalition builders, lawmakers, and public administrators (to include librarians) who take heart in the trust we have given them, should read this book.
Government Information Quarterly
...this is a valuable and unusual book worthy of a place on librarians' and lobbyists' personal shelves. It is also recommended for purchase by major public libraries and academic libraries...
Public Libraries
...librarians have much to learn from Abbott-Hoduski's shared experience and lobbying effectiveness...useful for library school curriculums...
Library Journal
A well-focused memory often serves a useful purpose for those who come after. In such a spirit, this book is worthwhile reading for government documents librarians and others who are concerned with public access to government information. Structuring her narrative as a memoir, Abbott-Hoduski, now a government information advisor, recounts her decades-long experience working with Congress (mostly as a staff member for the Joint Committee on Printing) and other entities in the federal government to secure funding for libraries to promote access to government information. Perhaps the clearest message to readers is that much remains to be done, ranging from the perennial struggle to fund the Federal Depository Library Program to ensuring that the public is not further disenfranchised by government information's migration from printed and other tangible publications to the web. The author's perspective is unique and instructive. Recommended for library schools, professional collections, and other libraries with similar interests.-Patrick Ragains, Univ. of Nevada, Reno Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810845855
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/05/2003
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Bernadine E. Abbott Hoduski is a Government Information Advisor. She was a professional staff member for Library and Distribution Services, U.S. Congress, Joint Committee on Printing for 21 years. The American Library Association Government Documents Round Table established the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award in 1993. In 1995 she was awarded the Public Printer's Distinguished Service Award.

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