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Government Information Essentials
edited by Susanne Caro
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1597-4
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $75.00
 
 
 
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256 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 9780838915974
Year Published: 2018
AP Categories: A, C, I
Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work effectively with federal, state, and international resources. This contributed volume gathers the expertise of experienced government information librarians from across the country. Providing real-world insight into the work, collections, and interests of this discipline, this book
  • surveys the wide variety of government information and the people who use it;
  • discusses what it’s like to be a government documents librarian, from the first day on the job through taking on a management role;
  • addresses networking, training, and other essential tools for collaboration and learning;
  • covers space planning, streamlining, disaster preparedness and response, the increasing prevalence of digital information, and other key collection issues;
  • offers best practices for connecting library users with government information;
  • looks at research guides, workshops, and other teaching and training topics; and
  • explores advocating for transparency and access to information, promoting government documents to library users, and using exhibits as community outreach.
With more government publications becoming freely available, this volume fills an important need, presenting concrete guidance that will help librarians flourish in this crucial field.
Table of Contents

Introduction: Government Documents and the People Who Use Them
Susanne Caro


Part I    Advice for the New Document Professional

Chapter 1    Networking and Training: Essential Tools for Collaboration and Learning
Hayley Johnson

Chapter 2    Experience of a New Government Documents Librarian
Andrew Lopez and Lori Looney

Chapter 3    Middle Management: Strategies for Success
Jill Vassilakos-Long

Part II    Collection Management

Chapter 4    Visualizing Space: Your Depository Library as Place
Aimée C. Quinn

Chapter 5    Space Planning: Weeding, Moving, and Providing Access to Government Information
Julia Stewart

Chapter 6    Streamlining Collections: Disasters, Consolidation, and the Digital Landscape
Vickie Mix

Chapter 7    Growth and Maintenance of Digital Collections
Susanne Caro

Part III    Working with Collections

Chapter 8    The Hunt for the Elusive: Finding and Using the History in Government Documents
Paula L. Webb and Leasha E. Martin

Chapter 9    Federal Maps and the Depository Library
Valery King

Chapter 10    Help! I’m New Here and I Speak Spanish: Government Information for Spanish Speakers
Jane Canfield

Part IV    Teaching and Training

Chapter 11    Teaching with Library Guides: Using Collections with Government Information
Latanya N. Jenkins

Chapter 12    Creating More Powerful Library Guides
David Dillard

Chapter 13    Documents to the Students
Susanne Caro

Chapter 14    Navigating Government Information: Working with Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy
Antoinette W. Satterfield

Part V    Advocacy and Events

Chapter 15    Advocating for Transparency and Access to Information
Shari Laster

Chapter 16:     A Cupcake, an Eagle, and a War: Promoting Government Documents
Lisa Pritchard

Chapter 17    Exhibits and Community Outreach
Susanne Caro

Appendix A: General Resources
Appendix B: Sample Project Plan
Appendix C: Sources for Space Planning—Best Practices
Appendix D: Map Resources
Appendix E: Spanish-Language Resources
Appendix F: Library Guide Resources

Author Biographies
Index

About the Editor

Susanne Caro has ten years of experience working with all levels of government information. She is the Federal Depository Library Program regional coordinator for Montana and is the government information librarian at the University of Montana in Missoula. Previously she was the state document librarian and coordinator of the New Mexico State Depository Program. She is also the author of Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories.
 
 

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