ERIC Number: ED264861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Provision of Federal Government Publications in Electronic Format to Depository Libraries. Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Depository Library Access to Federal Automated Data Bases to the Joint Committee on Printing, United States Congress.
Joint Committee on Printing, Washington, DC.
Representing both the public and private sectors, members of an ad hoc committee were charged by the Joint Committee on Printing of the U.S. Congress with evaluating the feasibility and desirability of providing access to federal government information in electronic formats to depository libraries. Appointed in May 1983, the committee was asked to determine: (1) what and how much federal government information is in electronic format; (2) whether depository libraries have the ability to access the new formats; and (3) what the costs and benefits of providing information in electronic format would be. Deliberations were organized around a series of briefings on governmental and private information programs, electronic distribution systems, automated databases, and state-of-the-art technology. A survey was conducted of all depository libraries (1,382) to determine the current use of electronic hardware and computerized databases as well as their participation in local/regional/national networks providing access to this type of information. Responses were received from 1,291 (93.4%). Chapter I presents the committee's findings under the headings: Availability of Federal Data in Electronic Format; The Depository Library Community; The State of Technology; and Major Issues or Themes in Transfer of Electronic Data to Depository Libraries. Recommendations presented in Chapter II include: the Resolution; proposed pilot projects; criteria for selecting publications; criteria for selecting libraries; monitoring the pilot program; impact on users; and pilot project costs. Appendices include: a schedule and individual summaries of 23 speakers' presentations; a summary of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) workshop held February 1, 1984; a copy of the questionnaire; a summary of the findings; statistical tables; and glossaries of acronyms and terms. Selected references and an index are also provided. (THC)
Descriptors: Databases, Depository Libraries, Government Publications, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Information Systems, Library Networks, Library Statistics, Library Surveys
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office. Washington, DC 20402 (S/N:052-070-05970-2).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joint Committee on Printing, Washington, DC.