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ERIC Number: ED315087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 6
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Depository Libraries in the 1990s.
Garner, Diane
The assumption is made that what the 1990s have in store for users of depository libraries will hinge on three crucial areas: (1) the reform and development of government information policies; (2) changing technology; and (3) the willingness and ability of the depository libraries to accommodate these changes. The uncertain role of the government as information disseminator is discussed, and the question is posed whether it is enough to make information available, or whether the government should be actively involved in promoting accessibility to its use. Effects of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 are assessed in this context. Also discussed is the Office of Management and Budget's proposed revision to Circular A-130, which states that government agencies should publish materials in electronic format in preference to traditional formats where appropriate, and that publishing agencies should rely on the private sector for dissemination. Potential roadblocks to making available government information in CD-ROM and online formats--in addition to their being an additional expense to depository libraries--are then discussed, including the lack of standardization. Examples of progress being made by depository libraries in combatting these difficulties are offered, e.g., through resource sharing and user education. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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