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Government Information Collections in the Networked Environment
New Issues and Models

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ISBN 9780789006806
Published December 31, 1998 by Routledge
134 Pages

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Book Description

This insightful book explores the challenging issues related to effective access to government information.

Amidst all the chaos of today’s dynamic information transition period, the only constants related to government information are change and inconsistency, yet with Government Information Collections in the Networked Environment: New Issues and Models, you will defeat the challenging issues and take advantage of the opportunities that networked government information collections have to offer. This valuable book gives you a fresh opportunity to rethink collecting activities and to tailor collections more precisely to fulfill the information needs of your local community. It will help you provide your patrons access to the full array and value of networked government information. Government Information Collections in the Networked Environment explores the changes and inconsistency of the new networked government information environment’s transitional phase, with studies and solutions that will assist you in creating an information environment that may prove to be the greatest leveling force in library collecting. With this book, even the smallest community library can have the same government resources as those found in the largest of institutions. Throughout its pages, you’ll explore new challenges and learn how to conquer them as the book discusses:

  • equipment and software
  • building strong access through user instruction
  • resolving preservation and long-term archiving issues
  • resolving the current problem of local access to government information
  • creating Community Information Organization Projects
  • investigating problems with digital collections
  • discovering The Internet Scout Project
  • redistributing data via the World Wide Web

    Those who seek out information from the government know first-hand how impressive the array of networked government information has become. Government Information Collections in the Networked Environment will teach you how to manage and manipulate electronic information to provide the best possible collections to your users.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Assuring User Success in a Networked Environment for Government Information
  • The Community Information Organization: An Initiative for Communities and Academic Libraries
  • Government Information Today: The Dilemma of Digital Collections
  • New Tools for Collection Development: The Internet Scout Project
  • Building Digital Collections of Government Information: The Mann Library/USDA Partnership
  • Enhancing Access to Government Information: Redistribution of Data via the World Wide Web
  • Distributed Collection Development on the Colorado Statewide Network
  • Inter-Institutional Cooperation: The University of California/Stanford Electronic Government Information Initiative Group
  • Barriers to Broad Public Access of Court Opinions and Creative Consortial Projects of Law Librarians to Democratize Access Through the Internet
  • Index

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