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Government Information in Peril | American Libraries Magazine

By Bernadine Abbott Hoduski

Fri, 07/29/2011 – 13:16

Librarians need to work now to preserve the GPO Federal Digital System.

Wake up, librarians! No-fee public access to government information is in danger, because on July 22 the U. S. House of Representatives voted 252–159 to drastically cut the Government Printing Office (GPO) appropriations for 2012 and eliminate funding for the GPO Federal Digital System (FDsys). FDsys was created by GPO in 1994 to fulfill the requirement of the 1993 GPO Access Act to provide online electronic government information at no charge to the American people. The cuts are part of H.R. 2551, which provides legislative branch appropriations for 2012.

We are also in danger of losing GPO, the agency charged by Congress for the past 150 years to protect the public’s access to government information, just to save a few bucks. Dismembering or privatizing GPO, as the House proposes, will not save the government any money, but it will damage public access to government information. The bill directs the Government Accountability Office to “review the feasibility of Executive Branch printing being performed by the General Services Administration, the transfer of the Superintendent of Documents program to the Library of Congress, and the privatization of the GPO” (“Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, 2012,” House Report 112–148, July 15). Former Rep. Charlie Rose (D-N.C.), who convinced Congress in 1993 to vote for the GPO Access Act, had asked Congressional Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) staff, including myself, to draft a bill transferring Superintendent of Documents to LC but did not pursue the measure because he realized that the role of a library is very different from the role of a publisher, printer, and distributor.

The House-passed bill cuts funding for the Superintendent of Documents program from nearly $40 million to less than $34 million, making it very difficult for GPO to support the Federal Depository Library Program; the acquisition, cataloging, and dissemination of government documents; the LC International Exchange Program; and mandated distribution of publications to the three branches of government.

Congress is about to break its promise that if libraries and the public give up paper, they will still have permanent no-fee access to electronic government information. The House proposes that GPO fund FDsys by renting GPO’s unused space in its big red brick building to federal agencies. There is no guarantee that even if GPO is able to find renters by October 1 that it will collect enough money to keep FDsys in operation and allow the inclusion of new publications. Members of Congress may think they can turn to LC’s THOMAS database for legislative information, but they probably do not realize that much of THOMAS’s content is provided by GPO.   
    
GPO is the only federal agency required by law to provide publishing and dissemination services to all three branches of government, which makes it possible for GPO to fulfill Title 44 U.S. Code, “Distribution and Sale of Public Documents,” Sec. 1710–11, and “Depository Library Program,” Sec. 1903, which require GPO to identify, catalog, and disseminate government publications to the American people.  Without a centralized source for publishing services, we are in danger of losing access to more and more government documents.

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Electronic publishing changing the face of libraries | Addison County Independent

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ILSLEY LIBRARY ADULT Services Librarian Chris Kirby holds one of five e-readers now available to library patrons in Middlebury. Kirby, who also serves on the Regional Technology Team, focuses some of his time on how technology is changing the way people use libraries.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors of Addison County life.

The series looks beyond the push for universal broadband, asking how Internet access and the advances of technology is changing life in Addison County. It stems from the discussions of a regional technology plan being worked on by the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. The plan will be one of 11 regional technology plans offered to the state to help define next steps and needs in the various sectors. We welcome your responses and thoughts on the article or on technology in general, which will help the team incorporate as many viewpoints as possible into the plan.

ADDISON COUNTY — The Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury has stacks full of nearly 72,000 paper books, 5,000 recorded audiobooks, and 3,876 videos and DVDs.

But in a sign of changing times, the library offers downloadable audiobooks and e-books through its website, its 20 public access computers are nearly always in use, and signs at the checkout desk offer a handful of e-readers and MP3 players to try out.

As the largest library in Addison County — serving residents of the town of Middlebury, students enrolled in Addison Central Supervisory Union schools and Middlebury College students — Ilsley Library makes an effort to follow the latest technology. Its catalog is digital, accessible from anywhere in the world on the web, and it offers patrons access to a variety of online databases and learning resources.

As it becomes easier for people to click a button from their home computers and find page upon page of search results on any given topic, Ilsley adult services librarian Chris Kirby said evolving and re-imagining the library’s role in the community is key.

“There is a real concern about how we maintain our relevance as more people rely on Google for information,” said Kirby.

Article continues here: addisonindependent.com

2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries Now Available – Government Info Pro

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The 2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries:  e-Initiatives and e-Efforts:  Expanding Our Horizons is now available:  2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries in PDFBest Practices for Government Libraries for 2011 and prior years are all available from the right sidebar here on the Government Info Pro.

Best Practices for Government Libraries 2011

Best Practices is a collaborative document that is put out annually on a specific topic of interest to government libraries and includes content submitted by government librarians and community leaders with an interest in government libraries. The 2011 edition includes over 70 articles and other submissions provided by more than 60 contributors including librarians in government agencies, courts, and the military, as well as from professional association leaders, LexisNexis Consultants, and more. As the editor of Best Practices for Government Libraries, I want to thank the contributors for sharing their knowledge, experience, and thoughtful perspectives in this year’s Best Practices. If you did not write for this year’s Best Practices, I invite you to submit a guest post for the Government Info Pro.

The 2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries:  e-Initiatives and e-Efforts:  Expanding Our Horizons is broken into six sections:

  • EMBRACING NEW AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION
  • ADAPTING TO NEW AND EVOLVNG TECHNOLOGIES
  • ALTERING OUR PLACES AND SPACES
  • TACKLING CHANGING EXPECTATIONS, RESOURCES, AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS
  • PRESERVING WHAT WE HAVE AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
  • EXPANDING HORIZONS

Here is a sampling of the articles in each section:

EMBRACING NEW AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION

  • Blogging at the Largest Law Library in the World
    Christine Sellers, Legal Reference Specialist, and Andrew Weber, Legislative Information Systems Manager, Law Library of Congress
  • “Friended” by the Government? A Look at How Social Networking Tools Are Giving Americans Greater Access to Their Government
    Kate Follen, MLS, President, Monroe Information Services
  • Podcasts Get Information Junkies their Fix
    Chris Vestal, Supervisory Patent Researcher with ASRC Management Services, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and DC/SLA‘s 2011 Communication Secretary
  • Getting the Most from Social Media from the Least Investment of Time and Energy
    Tammy Garrison, MLIS, Digitization Librarian at the Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • Thinking Outside the Email Box: A New E-Newsletter for the Justice Libraries
    Kate Lanahan, Law Librarian, and Jennifer L. McMahan, Supervisory Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bill’s Bulletin: Librarians and Court Staff Working Together to Develop an E-Resource
    Barbara Fritschel, U. S. Courts Library, Milwaukee, WI
  • Proletariat’s Speech: Foreign Language Learning with a Common Touch
    Janice P. Fridie, Law Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Social Media Comes Together with Storify
    Chris Zammarelli, Contract Cataloger on behalf of ATSG, LLC for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs, Office of Information Resources

ADAPTING TO NEW AND EVOLVNG TECHNOLOGIES

  • EBooks in Special Libraries: Final Report of the Federal Reserve System Libraries Work Group on EBooks
    Luke Mueller, Technical Librarian, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Kindle Lending Programs in Libraries
    Montrese Hamilton, Librarian, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Intranet Case Study: Government Agency
    Lorette S.J. Weldon, MLS, BSIFSM, BA
  • Putting the E in Library
    David E. McBee, Federal Government Librarian, ww.librarybuzz.blogspot.com
  • Web E-Accessibility to Reach Full E-Audience: “Expanding Our Horizon” to Better Honor Diversity
    Ken Wheaton, Web Services Librarian, Alaska State Court System Law Library

ALTERING OUR PLACES AND SPACES

  • Embedded Librarianship and E-Initiatives: The Dynamic Duo
    Rachel Kingcade, Chief Reference & CSC Direct Support Librarian, USMC Research
  • Utilizing Electronic Databases During a Library Relocation
    George Franchois, Director, U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
  • E-Reference at the Library of Congress
    Amber Paranick and Megan Halsband, Reference Librarians, Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room, Serial & Government Publications Division, Library of Congress
  • Best Practices: Telework
    Robert Farina, MSLIS, Entrepreneur, Minor Potentate of Logogrammatic Research & Analysis, Data Wrangler, etc.
  • Best Practices for Virtual Reference
    Susan Ujka Larson, MLIS
  • To Build a Virtual Embedded Information Role, Start at the Top
    Mary Talley, Owner, TalleyPartners, 2011 DC/SLA President

TACKLING CHANGING EXPECTATIONS, RESOURCES, AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS

  • Accidental Advisors: There’s GOT to Be a Better Way!
    Compiled by Nancy Faget and Jennifer McMahan (Eugenia Beh, Blane Dessy, Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Marianne Giltrud, Jessica Hernandez, Rich Louis, Virginia Sanchez)
  • I Need a Library Job: Finding and Filling a Need on the Fly
    Naomi House, Reference Librarian, Census Library
  • Rebranding the Library
    Julie Jones, Hartford Branch Librarian, U.S. Courts, Second Circuit Library
  • NIH Handheld User Group: Library-IT Collaboration
    James King, Information Architect, NIH Library
  • Cats and Dogs – Living Together: Leveraging IT Resources for Library Use>
    Sarah Mauldin, Head Librarian, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Broadband Plan and the Provision of Public Libraries
    Christian Jiménez Tomás, Information Specialist, The World Bank Law Resource
  • E-Gov Sites to Go Dark?
    Kim Schultz, Outreach Specialist at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information, operated by Chugach Federal Solutions, Inc.
  • E-Gov on the Web: A Brief Summary of Electronic Access Through On-Line Resources
    Jennifer Klang, Head of Reference Services, Department of the Interior Library
  • Public Records Resources Online: How to Find Everything There Is to Know About “Mr./Ms. X”
    Jennifer L. McMahan, Supervisory Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Challenge of E-Legislative History for the “51st State”
    Lisa Kosow, Law Librarian, U.S. Attorney‘s Office for the District of Columbia
  • E-Gov Resources on Native Americans and Tribal Issues
    Kathy Kelly, MSLS, C.A.
  • LexisNexis 2010 International Workplace Productivity Survey: Executive Summary of Results for Legal Professionals

PRESERVING WHAT WE HAVE AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

  • Federal Libraries on the E-Horizon
    Blane K. Dessy, Executive Director, FLICC/FEDLINK, Library of Congress
  • Research Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Research
    James King, Information Architect, NIH Library
  • When I Walk Across My Library I Think…
    Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combined Arms Research Library
  • E-Initiative Liberia: Creating a Legislative Library in the Rubble of War
    Mary Nell Bryant, M.A., M.L.S., U.S. Foreign Service Information Officer, retired
  • JustSearch at the Department of Justice
    Lila Faulkner, Diane L. Smith, and Jane Sanchez, Library Staff, U.S. Department of Justice Library Staff
  • Real Libraries, Virtual Fundraising
    Biblio Latte, Volunteer Reference Librarian, Community Virtual Library
  • Accessible Libraries: Ensuring All May Read
    Jane Caulton, Head, Publications and Media Section, NLS, Library of Congress
  • A Model Lessons Learned System – The US Army
    Nancy M. Dixon, Principal Researcher, Common Knowledge Associates

EXPANDING HORIZONS

  • Ten Scary Issues: Future Directions for Military Libraries
    Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combined Arms Research Library
  • Future Ready 365
    Cindy Romaine, SLA President 2011
  • Expanding Horizons with E-Learning: VA Librarians Develop Online Tutorial for EBN Training
    Priscilla L. Stephenson, MSLS, MSEd, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Teresa R. Coady, MLS, VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Des Moines, IA
  • Library Connect Newsletter: Information Industry Explorations by and for Librarians
    Colleen DeLory, Editor, Library Connect Publications, Elsevier
  • Building a Framework to Embrace the New and Expand Your Horizons
    Bruce Rosenstein, Author, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker‘s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life
  • All About E
    Peggy Garvin, Founder & Principal, GarvinInformationConsulting.com

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2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries Now Available – Government Info Pro

« 2011 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibit |
Main
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2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries Now Available

The 2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries:  e-Initiatives and e-Efforts:  Expanding Our Horizons is now available:  2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries in PDFBest Practices for Government Libraries for 2011 and prior years are all available from the right sidebar here on the Government Info Pro.

Best Practices for Government Libraries 2011

Best Practices is a collaborative document that is put out annually on a specific topic of interest to government libraries and includes content submitted by government librarians and community leaders with an interest in government libraries. The 2011 edition includes over 70 articles and other submissions provided by more than 60 contributors including librarians in government agencies, courts, and the military, as well as from professional association leaders, LexisNexis Consultants, and more. As the editor of Best Practices for Government Libraries, I want to thank the contributors for sharing their knowledge, experience, and thoughtful perspectives in this year’s Best Practices. If you did not write for this year’s Best Practices, I invite you to submit a guest post for the Government Info Pro.

The 2011 Best Practices for Government Libraries:  e-Initiatives and e-Efforts:  Expanding Our Horizons is broken into six sections:

  • EMBRACING NEW AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION
  • ADAPTING TO NEW AND EVOLVNG TECHNOLOGIES
  • ALTERING OUR PLACES AND SPACES
  • TACKLING CHANGING EXPECTATIONS, RESOURCES, AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS
  • PRESERVING WHAT WE HAVE AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
  • EXPANDING HORIZONS

Here is a sampling of the articles in each section:

EMBRACING NEW AVENUES OF COMMUNICATION

  • Blogging at the Largest Law Library in the World
    Christine Sellers, Legal Reference Specialist, and Andrew Weber, Legislative Information Systems Manager, Law Library of Congress
  • “Friended” by the Government? A Look at How Social Networking Tools Are Giving Americans Greater Access to Their Government
    Kate Follen, MLS, President, Monroe Information Services
  • Podcasts Get Information Junkies their Fix
    Chris Vestal, Supervisory Patent Researcher with ASRC Management Services, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and DC/SLA‘s 2011 Communication Secretary
  • Getting the Most from Social Media from the Least Investment of Time and Energy
    Tammy Garrison, MLIS, Digitization Librarian at the Combined Arms Research Library at Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • Thinking Outside the Email Box: A New E-Newsletter for the Justice Libraries
    Kate Lanahan, Law Librarian, and Jennifer L. McMahan, Supervisory Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Bill’s Bulletin: Librarians and Court Staff Working Together to Develop an E-Resource
    Barbara Fritschel, U. S. Courts Library, Milwaukee, WI
  • Proletariat’s Speech: Foreign Language Learning with a Common Touch
    Janice P. Fridie, Law Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Social Media Comes Together with Storify
    Chris Zammarelli, Contract Cataloger on behalf of ATSG, LLC for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs, Office of Information Resources

ADAPTING TO NEW AND EVOLVNG TECHNOLOGIES

  • EBooks in Special Libraries: Final Report of the Federal Reserve System Libraries Work Group on EBooks
    Luke Mueller, Technical Librarian, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Kindle Lending Programs in Libraries
    Montrese Hamilton, Librarian, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Intranet Case Study: Government Agency
    Lorette S.J. Weldon, MLS, BSIFSM, BA
  • Putting the E in Library
    David E. McBee, Federal Government Librarian, ww.librarybuzz.blogspot.com
  • Web E-Accessibility to Reach Full E-Audience: “Expanding Our Horizon” to Better Honor Diversity
    Ken Wheaton, Web Services Librarian, Alaska State Court System Law Library

ALTERING OUR PLACES AND SPACES

  • Embedded Librarianship and E-Initiatives: The Dynamic Duo
    Rachel Kingcade, Chief Reference & CSC Direct Support Librarian, USMC Research
  • Utilizing Electronic Databases During a Library Relocation
    George Franchois, Director, U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
  • E-Reference at the Library of Congress
    Amber Paranick and Megan Halsband, Reference Librarians, Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room, Serial & Government Publications Division, Library of Congress
  • Best Practices: Telework
    Robert Farina, MSLIS, Entrepreneur, Minor Potentate of Logogrammatic Research & Analysis, Data Wrangler, etc.
  • Best Practices for Virtual Reference
    Susan Ujka Larson, MLIS
  • To Build a Virtual Embedded Information Role, Start at the Top
    Mary Talley, Owner, TalleyPartners, 2011 DC/SLA President

TACKLING CHANGING EXPECTATIONS, RESOURCES, AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS

  • Accidental Advisors: There’s GOT to Be a Better Way!
    Compiled by Nancy Faget and Jennifer McMahan (Eugenia Beh, Blane Dessy, Aimee Babcock-Ellis, Marianne Giltrud, Jessica Hernandez, Rich Louis, Virginia Sanchez)
  • I Need a Library Job: Finding and Filling a Need on the Fly
    Naomi House, Reference Librarian, Census Library
  • Rebranding the Library
    Julie Jones, Hartford Branch Librarian, U.S. Courts, Second Circuit Library
  • NIH Handheld User Group: Library-IT Collaboration
    James King, Information Architect, NIH Library
  • Cats and Dogs – Living Together: Leveraging IT Resources for Library Use>
    Sarah Mauldin, Head Librarian, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, Atlanta, GA
  • Broadband Plan and the Provision of Public Libraries
    Christian Jiménez Tomás, Information Specialist, The World Bank Law Resource
  • E-Gov Sites to Go Dark?
    Kim Schultz, Outreach Specialist at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information, operated by Chugach Federal Solutions, Inc.
  • E-Gov on the Web: A Brief Summary of Electronic Access Through On-Line Resources
    Jennifer Klang, Head of Reference Services, Department of the Interior Library
  • Public Records Resources Online: How to Find Everything There Is to Know About “Mr./Ms. X”
    Jennifer L. McMahan, Supervisory Librarian, U.S. Department of Justice
  • The Challenge of E-Legislative History for the “51st State”
    Lisa Kosow, Law Librarian, U.S. Attorney‘s Office for the District of Columbia
  • E-Gov Resources on Native Americans and Tribal Issues
    Kathy Kelly, MSLS, C.A.
  • LexisNexis 2010 International Workplace Productivity Survey: Executive Summary of Results for Legal Professionals

PRESERVING WHAT WE HAVE AND PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE

  • Federal Libraries on the E-Horizon
    Blane K. Dessy, Executive Director, FLICC/FEDLINK, Library of Congress
  • Research Metrics: Measuring the Impact of Research
    James King, Information Architect, NIH Library
  • When I Walk Across My Library I Think…
    Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combined Arms Research Library
  • E-Initiative Liberia: Creating a Legislative Library in the Rubble of War
    Mary Nell Bryant, M.A., M.L.S., U.S. Foreign Service Information Officer, retired
  • JustSearch at the Department of Justice
    Lila Faulkner, Diane L. Smith, and Jane Sanchez, Library Staff, U.S. Department of Justice Library Staff
  • Real Libraries, Virtual Fundraising
    Biblio Latte, Volunteer Reference Librarian, Community Virtual Library
  • Accessible Libraries: Ensuring All May Read
    Jane Caulton, Head, Publications and Media Section, NLS, Library of Congress
  • A Model Lessons Learned System – The US Army
    Nancy M. Dixon, Principal Researcher, Common Knowledge Associates

EXPANDING HORIZONS

  • Ten Scary Issues: Future Directions for Military Libraries
    Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combined Arms Research Library
  • Future Ready 365
    Cindy Romaine, SLA President 2011
  • Expanding Horizons with E-Learning: VA Librarians Develop Online Tutorial for EBN Training
    Priscilla L. Stephenson, MSLS, MSEd, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Teresa R. Coady, MLS, VA Central Iowa Healthcare System, Des Moines, IA
  • Library Connect Newsletter: Information Industry Explorations by and for Librarians
    Colleen DeLory, Editor, Library Connect Publications, Elsevier
  • Building a Framework to Embrace the New and Expand Your Horizons
    Bruce Rosenstein, Author, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker‘s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life
  • All About E
    Peggy Garvin, Founder & Principal, GarvinInformationConsulting.com

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