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ERIC Number: ED398926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 6
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Government Information on the Internet: Implications for Libraries and Communities in Eastern New Mexico.
Cowell, M. Elizabeth
Print sources of government information often are discontinued and replaced with either a CD ROM or Internet version, leaving the information seeker access to the documents only if they have technological ability. A more cohesive government information policy could remedy these and related problems. Libraries and the public may not be ready financially to make the shift to electronic information. Thirty-three academic, public, and special libraries in eastern New Mexico were surveyed to illustrate the technological isolation of eastern New Mexico. Of the 23 libraries that completed surveys: (1) two are selective federal depository libraries--both have text based Internet access and CD ROM capabilities, one provides Internet access to faculty and staff only; (2) four have Internet access and CD ROM capabilities; (3) two have CD ROM capabilities and plan to be on the Internet by year end; and (4) 15 have no Internet access, and seven libraries of this group have no CD ROM capabilities. When patrons request materials the libraries do not have, libraries either send the patron to a local selective depository, order the materials through interlibrary loan from the regional depository library, or purchase them if they are deemed to be high use potential. Based on the results of the survey, a majority of the participating libraries would not be able to adequately fill document requests if only electronic government information was available. The Depository Library Program is the taxpayer's interface with the information the government produces. If this access point disappears, eastern New Mexicans would be left to their own devices to obtain important government information. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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