For immediate release | July 5, 2016

The ultimate guide to mining, finding, evaluating, and using government resources

CHICAGO — 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. Already well established as an essential navigational tool for both LIS students and professionals, the new second edition of “Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is even more attuned to new sources and types of government information and how best to locate them. Written by Cassandra J. Hartnett, Andrea L. Sevetson, and Eric J. Forte, this newly revised, peer-reviewed update is unmatched in its scope, covering 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.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Hartnett currently serves as US Documents librarian, University of Washington Libraries. She also serves as affiliate faculty at the University of Washington Information School, 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. Sevetson is currently employed as a trainer with ProQuest. She has served as the chair of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table. She is the recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA “Documents to the People” Award and the James Bennett Childs Award for distinguished contributions to documents librarianship. She is the author of many articles and editor of “The Serial Set: Its Make-up and Content.” Forte has taught government documents at the University of Illinois, and presented and written about government information in various venues. He currently works with OCLC.

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