This book, first published in 1988, looks at the relationship between public policy and information and reports ways in which libraries respond to the need for public policy information. Chapters provide perspectives from a variety of library settings with different user groups who, in turn, have different information needs. This volume will stimulate you to examine the adequacy of your own reference services and to a greater appreciation of the dynamic relationship between public policy and information services.
1. Introduction Richard D. Irving 2. Consequences of Federal Government Information Policies, 1981-1986 Joe Morehead 3. OMB A-130: A Policy Which Could Affect Your Reference Service Sara D. Knapp 4. Research Guides in a Public Policy Environment Nancy A. Davenport and Kristin M. Vajs 5. The Quotation File in the Congressional Research Service Suzy Platt 6. Linking Research, Policy, and Activism: Library Services in Women's Studies Sarah M. Pritchard 7. Common Public Policy Issues Faced by the Nation's Communities: Forging a Viable Public Library Response Joan C. Durrance and Doris Preston 8. Two Levels of Reference Service in a Municipal Reference Library Linda J. Benigno 9. Reference Service to State Government: The New York State Library Program Mary Redmond and Lee Stanton 10. Public Policy Issues in the Medical Literature Beverly L. Renford 11. Black Politics and Public Policy: A Guide to Selected Reference Sources Auriel Pilgrim 12. A Comparison of Public Policy Reference Inquiries in Two Academic Libraries Maolne B. Stinson and Alva W. Stewart 13. Interactions: A Library Faculty Matrix Organization and a Public Policy and Administration Program Helen H. Britton 14. The User and the Library: A Discussion of Communication John Budd