Cassandra J. Hartnett began her career shelving fiction books at the Plattsburgh Public Library. She received her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Michigan. She has been employed at the University of Michigan Library (Research Library Residency Program), the University of Michigan School of Information, and Detroit Public Library. She currently serves as US Documents librarian, University of Washington Libraries. She also serves as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington Information School, teaching LIS 526 (Government Information). She is a cofounder of the Northwest Government Information Network (NGIN) and was 2008–2009 chair of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table.
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- About the Authors
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Government data and resources are uniquely useful to researchers and other library users. But without a roadmap, sifting through the sheer quantity of information to find the right answers is foolhardy. The first edition of this text is well established as an essential navigational tool for both LIS students and professionals; now this newly revised, peer-reviewed update is even more attuned to new sources and types of government information and how best to locate them. Unmatched in its scope, this book covers such key topics as
- the history of government information, from its colorful beginnings to the era of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and data breaches;
- how to think like a government documents librarian in order to find information efficiently, plus other research tips;
- all types of law resources and information, including public laws and the U.S. Code, Case Law and the judicial branch, and regulations;
- Congressional literature, from bills and committee hearings to the U.S. Congressional Serial Set;
- patents, trademarks, and intellectual property;
- census data, educational information, and other statistical resources;
- health information, with an in-depth look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the trend toward and impact of online medical records; and
- science, environmental, and energy resources from agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
Exercises throughout the text support instruction, while the approachable and well-organized style make it ideal for day-to-day reference use.
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List of Figures
Preface to the Second Edition, by Cassandra Hartnett and Andrea Sevetson
Chapter 1 Introduction: The People's Information, by Eric Forte
Chapter 2 How to Think Like a Government Documents Librarian, by Andrea Sevetson
Chapter 3 Congressional Publications, by Cassandra Hartnett
Chapter 4 Introduction to Law, by Eric Forte and Peggy Roebuck Jarrett
Chapter 5 Public Laws and the U.S. Code, by Peggy Roebuck Jarrett
Chapter 6 Regulations, by Cassandra Hartnett
Chapter 7 Case Law and the Judicial Branch, by Peggy Roebuck Jarrett
Chapter 8 The President, by Andrea Sevetson
Chapter 9 The Executive Branch, by Cassandra Hartnett
Chapter 10 Statistical Information, by Amy West and Eric Forte
Chapter 11 Health Information, by Ann Glusker
Chapter 12 Education Information, by Susan Edwards
Chapter 13 Scientific and Technical Information, by Kathryn W. Tallman
Chapter 14 Environment and Energy Information, by Jesse Silva and Lucia Orlando
Chapter 15 Business, Economic, and Consumer Information, by Jessica Jerrit and Eric Forte
Chapter 16 Census, by Eric Forte, Kelly Smith, and Annelise Sklar
Chapter 17 Patents, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property, by Martin K. Wallace
Chapter 18 Historical and Archival Information, by Cassandra Hartnett
About the Authors and Contributors
"In addition to being jargon free and thoroughly cross-referenced, this volume offers extensive references to primary and secondary sources ... Appropriate for LIS students or for librarians who wish to develop their information-seeking skills and a great addition to all libraries."
— Library Journal
"This is now the only up-to-date book on this topic ... The book is probably most useful as a textbook in government documents library school courses but it will also serve public and academic librarians working with government information and general researchers looking for quality vetted information."
"The pooling of multiple authors' talents makes this second edition more expansive and diverse than the previous one … this volume is a must read for any policy researcher and student of librarianship and one that professionals will want to use in teaching students and other library patrons about the fundamentals of government information."