Going Global: Business and Government Information Partnering


RUSA – Reference and User Services Association
Government Documents Round Table (GODORT)
Special Libraries Association – Washington D.C. Chapter

A Preconference brought to you by the BRASS Education Committee

Friday, June 26, 1998
Washington D.C.

The global partnership between businesses and international governments is pivotal to the research community. Librarians are challenged each day to provide users a wealth of governmental information and empirical data. The issues involved in this partnership were explored along with key print and electronic resources in the financial, economic, trade, and labor arenas. The dilemma of corporate repackaging versus original format was also thoroughly probed.

The Sessions:

International Documents: Issues and Challenges - text by Quinn; presentation by Miller

How Commercial Information Providers Integrate and Repackage Government Supplied Information - Pagell

International Governments as Economic Researchers - Aldrich

International Financial Information: From the Source to Your Desktop - Pagell

Global Trade & Labor: The Role of International Governments - Hayes

Supplementary Materials:

Business Terms Translations - Jennifer Boettcher
Matrix of Functions by Region - Bobray Bordelon and Lynn Brown
Selected United States Government Agencies - Pauly Iheanacho
Major International Economic Organizations - Mark Leggett


Ruth Pagell: Director,Emory University Libraries Center for Business Information since January 1994. Previously Associate Director of the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School and adjunct associate professor at Drexel College of Information Studies. Has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to electronic issues, Coauthored with Michael Halperin, International Business Information: How to Find It, How to Use It, Recipient of several awards including the (BRASS) Gale Research Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship.

Duncan Aldrich : Head of the Business and Government Information Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1996/97, he took a one year's leave of absence to serve as an Expert Consultant on the Government Printing Office's Electronic Transition Staff. Has been appointed to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer (1997-2000). He has been active in GODORT, serving as its Chair in 1993/94, and as chair of GODORT Legislation from 1990 through 1992. Served most recently as coordinator of GODORT's International Documents Task Force (1996/97). Has written extensively on the use of electronic information in depository libraries. His focus in public services has shifted significantly from government to business information following the 1994 merger at UNR of business reference into the Government Publications Department.

Stephen Hayes : Business Services Librarian at the University of Notre Dame since 1995, was the Reference & Public Documents Librarian for 17 years prior to his present position. Chair of GODORT in 1987-1988 and has served on many of its committees. Presently serves on the ALA Committee on Legislation, Subcommittee on Government Information. Presently finishing 3 years of service on the Depository Library Council to the U.S. Public Printer. Has contributed to many publications. Joined BRASS and its Education Committee in 1995.

Ann Miller: Head of Public Documents and Maps, Duke University. Is active in GODORT including service on several GODORT committee's, including Program, Publications and currently Rare and Endangered Government Publications. Is immediate past-chair of the North Carolina Library Association, Documents Section. Has presented at a number of state association sessions and at the national Federal Depository Library Conference.

Aimee Piscitelli Quinn: Head of Government Publications, University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Quinn has served on many GODORT committees and is currently chairing the GODORT Bylaws Committee and serving on the GODORT Steering Committee. Served as chair of the Joint Rare and Endangered Government Publications Committee. Has written extensively on early congressional printing including preservation of the US Congressional Serial Set. Owner of two listserves: GOVDOC-L, a listserve on documents librarianship and government information, and REGP-L, a closed listserve on rare and endangered government publications.

Funding was provided by:
Datastream International
RDS "Business and Industry"
Dow Jones & Company
Securities and Exchange Commission
Bernan Press
Moody's Investors Service

Equipment was supplied by Georgetown University.

Preconference Committee: Bobray Bordelon (Chair and Preconference Moderator), Jennifer Boettcher, Lynn Brown, Ellie Fogarty, Deborah Lynn Harrington, Stephen Hayes, Pauly Iheanacho, Mark Leggett, Gary White

This page was originally prepared by Bobray Bordelon.

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