ERIC Number: ED186002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Public Access to Government Information: The Position in France in 1979.
Despite deficiencies in depository administration and circulation, recent legislation concerning government publications in France has increased the availability of information. In France, in contrast to Great Britain and the United States, the publication of government documents is not centralized but is the province of individual agencies. Circulation of documents is a mixture of sale, free distribution, and deposit in libraries, and is often more beneficial to urban than provincial users. Deposit in libraries, however, is not consistent throughout the government and government publications are not maintained as a unit in libraries but are dispersed throughout the general collection. Bibliographic control of official publications is the responsibility of the Bibliotheque Nationale and official supplements of the national bibliography are published bimonthly. Legislation enacted in 1978 is bringing about substantial changes in increased accessibility for the French citizen by guaranteeing rights to information, while protecting individual privacy, and making such information available on demand. It places statutory limitations on confidentiality and provides for mandatory publication or announcement of government papers. While much remains to be done, the right of every member of the public to see official documents is enshrined in law. (RAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Access to Information; France
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). Best copy available.