Managing Electronic Government Information In Libraries

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Managing and providing access to the ever-expanding array of electronic government information presents a significant challenge for librarians, even those who are government documents specialists.

In two parts, this expert guide from ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) describes indispensable resources librarians can use to connect patrons to specific information via government sites and electronic documents. In part 1, the contributing authors discuss historical contexts and contemporary issues of electronic government collections. In part 2, they give practical guidance for implementing and improving services.

With in-depth description and examples of cataloging electronic government documents plus suggested outreach methods for sharing resources internally and externally, libraries of all types will find this comprehensive book a bridge to serving more patrons through electronic government collections. Offering sound advice for anyone who is or should be working with government documents, this book is especially useful for reference, map, digital, and technical services librarians.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In the past decade, government documents have undergone an electronic metamorphosis, and documents librarians have been challenged to adhere to their historical mission of providing government information and access to the people while re-interpreting that mission in terms of technological innovation. This volume's 16 chapters deal with various aspects of this challenge, including access to diverse populations, special concerns regarding geographic information, collection development, digital preservation, Government Printing Office (GPO) cataloging practices, local bibliographic control and processing, government information as part of reference and information literacy programs, and, finally, the difficulties of managing local, state, and international government information. Barbara Miller and Barbara J. Mann's "Government Information Instruction in the Information Literacy Environment" provides an understanding and examples of integrating bibliographic instruction with government information and literacy competency standards. Hui Hua Chua's chapter on collection development has insights for the selection and collection of electronic resources that extend beyond its concentration on government information. Editor Morrison has served as past chair of the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), authored numerous scholarly works on government information, and is an associate librarian at Indiana University, Bloomington. Essential for academic and depository libraries, highly recommended for all libraries.-Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909546
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Issues

Ch. 1 Federal Government Information Policy and the Electronic Federal Depository Library William Sudduth Sudduth, William 3

Ch. 2 The Impact of Technology on Managing Access to Electronic Government Information in Libraries Amy West West, Amy 14

Ch. 3 Digital Preservation of Electronic Government Information Grace-Ellen McCrann McCrann, Grace-Ellen 21

Ch. 4 Electronic Government Spatial Information: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities Linda Zellmer Zellmer, Linda 34

Ch. 5 Providing Access to Electronic Government Information to Diverse Populations Marianne Mason Mason, Marianne 44

Ch. 6 Reaching Out to Youth with Electronic Government Information Karen Russ Russ, Karen Sarah Ziegenbein Ziegenbein, Sarah 60

Pt. II Practices

Ch. 7 Collection Development: Handling Electronic Government Information through the Federal Depository Library Program and Beyond Hui Hua Chua Hui, Hua Chua 71

Ch. 8 U.S. Government Printing Office Practices for Cataloging Electronic Resources John A. Stevenson Stevenson, John A. 86

Ch. 9 Bibliographic Control and Processing of Electronic Government Information in Libraries Elaine Winske Winske, Elaine 113

Ch. 10 Integrating Online Government Documents into Library Reference Services Grace-Ellen McCrann McCrann, Grace-Ellen 136

Ch. 11 Government Information Instruction in the Information Literacy Environment Barbara Miller Miller, Barbara Barbara J. Mann Mann, Barbara J. 152

Ch. 12 Digital Preservation of Electronic Government Information: Projects and Practical Advice M. Elizabeth Cowell Cowell, M. Elizabeth 164

Ch. 13 Managing local Electronic Government Information in libraries Mary Martin Martin, Mary174

Ch. 14 State Government Information Lori L. Smith Smith, Lori L. 184

Ch. 15 Managing Electronic International Government Information: Issues and Practices Catherine Morse Morse, Catherine 195

Ch. 16 Foreign Countries' Electronic Government Information Jian Anna Xiong Jian, Anna Xiong Jing Liu Jing, Liu 209

Index 227

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