UNITED STATES DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES
Public Service, Democracy, and the Internet
Grace Ann York
The University of Michigan Library
May 15, 2000
* Collect and preserve information,
* Provide bibliographic access to the materials,
* Provide physical access to the materials,
* Assist library users in finding the information they need, and
* Publicize their collections and services to their immediate communities.
These principles are true regardless of technology, but technology has altered how we approach them. I would like to outline the life of a United States depository library in a print environment and then its adaptations to technology in order to bette r serve the public.
TYPES OF DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES
PAPER AND MICROFORM ENVIRONMENT
Publicity and Outreach
University of Michigan Web Experiment
Electronic Collection Development
* The need for translation services
* A system for handling the reference questions that web pages generate
* Service to people without internet connections, and
* Training programs for librarians
New Collection Development Roles
Bibliographic Access to Electronic Publications
Reference and the Internet
Outreach and the Internet
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2Evans, T.C. (15 November 1999) GPO Access Update. Administrative Notes [Online]
3U.S. Government Printing Office. (1995 revised) Keeping America Informed: Federal Depository Library Program [Online].
4Samples of federal depository collection policies are available at the American Library Association Government Documents Round Table (2000). GODORT Handout Exchange [Online].
5U.S. Government Printing Office (1993 revised) Federal Depository Library Manual, Basic Collection [Online].
6U.S. Government Printing Office (1993). Federal Depository Library Manual, Appendix A: Suggested Core Collection [Online].
7U.S. Government Printing Office (2000, February 15). Depository Services Update, January 2000, Administrative Notes [Online]
8A description of MARCIVE bibliographic services for government documents is available at its web site: http://www.marcive.com/web12.htm.
9A history of the Documents Center web site and its affects on public service appear in York, Grace (1998). Out of the Basement: The Internet and Document Public Services, Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Federal Depository Library Con ference [Online].
10GPO. Federal Depository Library Manual: Basic Collection.
11GPO. Depository Services Update.
12U.S. Government Printing Office (1998). Managing the FDLP Electronic Collection: A Policy and Planning Document [Online].
13U.S. Government Printing Office (1999). FDLP Internet Use Policy Guidelines [Online].