ERIC Number: ED450728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
The Role of Parliamentary Libraries in Eastern Europe in Ensuring Public Access to Government Information: The Case of Russia.
Andreeva, Irina A.; Kirkwood, Francis T.
This paper discusses the role of the Parliamentary Library in Russia. The first section provides historical background. The second section addresses two prerequisites of the Parliamentary Library, i.e., the official documents collections and the rule of public law. The third section describes implementing public access to government information through the Russian Parliamentary Library, including the role of the library, legal deposit of official documents, the national official documents collection of the post-Soviet era, information sharing through reference services and interlibrary loan, publication of bibliographic indexes, and other Parliamentary Library publications. The fourth section considers the integration of library resources as the road to better service to the public. The fifth section discusses building a new millennium of democracy and peace, highlighting the following lessons that other libraries can draw from the experience of the Russian Parliamentary Library in providing government information to the public: (1) access depends on order (i.e., classification, unified collections, cataloging, indexing); (2) wide and effective public and legislative access demands automation and electronic networking of legal data; (3) public legal information should be shared between nations with similar legal heritages; and (4) librarians must share their training and expertise to build effective public services of legal and government information. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Depository Libraries, Foreign Countries, Government Libraries, Government Publications, Library Collections, Library Role, Library Services
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/071-112e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia