ERIC Number: ED247957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study on Public Documents in the English-Speaking Caribbean.
This study was undertaken to examine problems related to the production, the control, the circulation, and the use of documents issued for public use by governments, government related agencies, and regional or international organizations in the English-speaking Caribbean countries, and to make proposals to solve those problems. Questionnaire/interview instruments were used to gather background data from relevant personnel in six selected countries which were paired on the basis of large, medium, and small populations. A review of the literature revealed comparable problems as well as practices aimed at solutions in other countries and also provided additional information concerning the countries under study. Analyses of the information gathered indicate that there is a significant amount of government publishing covering a wide area of interest which would be useful to nationals in each country and to nationals of other countries in the region; no official policies exist regarding overall government publishing and bibliographical control of items produced; there does not appear to be any effective legal deposit of government publications; control over production, quality, quantities, cost, sale prices, and distribution is not exercised to any great extent; and there is need, in each country, for national development of a library service system so that the relevant role of a national library may be performed adequately and a network of service points may be available for the distribution of public documents. Tables, references, a bibliography, a list of cooperating persons, and the survey questionnaires complete the report. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.