Useful Websites for Documents Librarians
Updated May 6, 2014.
Prepared by Peggy Jarrett for LIS 593: Selection and Processing of Law Library Materials. Further readings on the FDLP.
The following websites may be useful for government documents librarians or students interested in documents librarianship. It is not meant to be exhaustive. For information on the Gallagher Law Library's documents collection and polices, see United States Government Publications. For information on online documents research, see Finding Federal Government Publications on the Internet.
Federal Depository Library Program Administration
The FDLP site includes the requirements and guidance governing the Depository program; practical tools for collection management such as shipping lists, Item Lister, and WebTech Notes; and information on training.
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Internet version of the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, from 1976 to date. Bibliographic records describing material distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. Includes online titles. UW users can also access Marcive Web DOCS, the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications from 1976 to date, and the Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, 1895-1976, through the UW Libraries Research Databases.
Predefined searches of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications for new electronic and tangible titles cataloged during a specific period of time. The list of new electronic titles is archived monthly.
Documents Data Miner
Collection management tool provided by a partnership between Wichita State University and the Federal Depository Library Program. Offers a searchable List of Classes and shipping lists, plus tools to merge Library profile data with List of Classes fields.
Twenty-One Things to Do When Assuming Responsibility for a Federal Depository Library
Handy suggestions for a new documents librarian. See also GPO tutorials for New Depository Coordinators.
GPO’s Federal Digital System. Searchable digital repository for government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Collections currently include the Federal Register; Code of Federal Regulations; Congressional Record; Compilation of Presidential Documents; and congressional bills, reports, and some hearings. Information generally from the mid-1990s forward.
Electronic archive of websites and publications of U.S. government agencies and commissions that have ceased operation. A partnership of the University of North Texas and GPO.
U.S. Government Bookstore
Publications available for sale from the Government Printing Office. Full-text searchable. Supports online ordering. Updated daily. E-mail notification is available for new titles on certain topics.
Vendor for some GPO, United Nations, European Union, and other Intergovernmental Organization monographs and serials. Also publisher of reference books containing government information. Monthly e-newsletter featuring new titles.
William S. Hein and Co., Inc.
Reprints some paper and online GPO titles on acid-free paper. Vendor for some current GPO and United Nations continuations. Also offers secondhand government documents. Publishes selected compiled federal legislative histories. HeinOnline provides text of legislative and administrative publications.
Identifying Electronic Titles
Good general sources to monitor include BeSpacific and DocuTicker. Also considering scanning news sources, either in paper or online, for "hot documents" to add to the collection.
American Association of Law Libraries Government Documents Special Interest Section (GD-SIS)
Sponsors member listserv and publishes JURISDOCS, a quarterly newsletter quarterly (Z673.A56J87 at Classified Stacks). Also publishes a series of state legal documents bibliographies (KF1.Z95A42 at Reference Office) in partnership with William S. Hein & Co. and available on HeinOnline.
American Association of Law Libraries
Government Relations Office
Monitors legislative, judicial, and regulatory activities. Works with the AALL Government Relations Committee. Represents AALL's views to the larger community, including the federal government. Website provides access to AALL reports, testimony, and position papers.
American Library Association
Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT)
Publishes DttP: Documents to the People (Z688.G6 D6 at Classified Stacks).
Northwest Government Information Network (NGIN)>
Independent organization formed by Northwest documents librarians, but open to all with an interest in the promotion and effective use of government information. Meets twice a year. Sponsors DEPOSLIB, a listserv for depository librarians in Washington State.
Moderated listserv concerning government information and the Federal Depository Library Program.
Free Government Information (FGI)
An unaffiliated and influential site/blog started by a group of librarians "because government information needs to be free."