ERIC Number: ED329264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Access to Electronic Government Information through the GPO's Depository Library Program: An Update.
McClure, Charles R.
This brief overview of recent policy initiatives--in addition to existing statutes and regulations--that may affect the Government Printing Office (GPO) Depository Library Program's (DLP) role in the dissemination of electronic government information identifies selected trends that may affect the public's access to electronic information through the DLP, and it offers some recommendations that might be considered by the GPO as it moves into greater dissemination of electronic information. It is observed that the contradictory nature of existing initiatives encourages individual government agencies to disseminate information by circumventing the DLP and thereby contributing to the DLP's decentralization. Thus, the lack of a centralized agency for information dissemination will affect general public access and, consequently, specialized user groups may rely more on individual government agencies for their information. DLP pilot projects are currently testing the development of electronic information products which, when operational, may restructure the DLP into a more effective system. (16 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Government Printing Office
Note: Paper presented at the ONLINE/CD-ROM '90 Conference (Washington, DC, November 5-7, 1990).