Government Information: Now and in the Future

Many information resources from the federal government are now available online. Given that fact, do libraries still need to collect government documents in physical formats? Why? If you aren't a Federal Depository Library (FDL), how do you find out what resources are available? How do you direct your patrons to them? Who's going to preserve all this electronic information so people can access it in the future?

Please join us for an exciting and informative e-forum November 13–14 to discuss how libraries, both FDLs and nondepositories, are currently providing access to government information and how they can face the challenges of providing government information in the future. This e-forum will provide participants an opportunity to talk about what their libraries are doing to discover, provide, and preserve government information. Librarians and technical services staff from all types of libraries are invited to participate.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in this topic can benefit from this e-forum and is welcome to participate.


Lori Smith is the Government Documents Department Head at Southeastern Louisiana University's Sims Memorial Library, and the 2012-2013 Coordinator of the Federal Documents Task Force of ALA's Government Documents Round Table. Smith has worked with federal and state publications since 1987. She conceived, edited, and coauthored the 2003 book Tapping State Government Information Sources, and contributed a chapter to the 2008 book Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries: Issues and Practices.


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