ERIC Number: EJ786548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-15
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Content and Access Remain Key
Johnson, Linda B.
Library Journal, v132 n9 p52-58 May 2007
It is impossible to review the year's outstanding government publication landscape without acknowledging that change remains paramount. Just as striking, however, is that these changes go hand in hand with some familiar constants. Within this shifting environment, there are the consistency and dependability of government information itself, regardless of format or method of delivery. The ongoing dialog surrounding free access to government information is balanced against the, at times, compelling need for security and privacy; the continuing privatization of government information publishing; and the growing prevalence of digital versions replacing tangible texts, frequently with little attention paid to archiving the electronic version not just for tomorrow but for 50 to 100 years from now. In this article, the author provides government documents that fall readily into the topics and issues governments have historically addressed, including the environment, disaster preparedness and response, terrorism, health concerns, and the condition and treatment of vulnerable populations. Self-help materials devoted to achieving financial security and recognizing and avoiding insect hazards made the grade this year as well. There are also those publications that document or celebrate a historic event or feature a particular artist. Many more of these documents are available electronically or can be obtained from the individual authoring agency rather than the centralized Government Printing Office (GPO). These documents illustrate government publishing at its very best.
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