New GODORT Occassional Paper!

Sherry Smugler, Government Publications and Reference Librarian at the University of Toronto, Canada has just written a new report entitled – Facing Change: A Perspective on Government  Publications Services in Canadian Academic Libraries in the Internet Age as part of the American Library’s Association Government Documents Round Table Section. It offers an excellent overview of Canadian government publications services and the changes that have occurred over the past 20 years.

“This paper provides a librarian’s perspective on government publications  services in Canadian academic libraries over the past two decades, a period of profound change in libraries. The impact of the internet and online access is examined. The  importance of library services for government collections and the critical role of the  government publications librarian are discussed. Government policies affecting library  access to Canadian government publications and the challenges facing Canada’s  Depository Services Program and National Library and Archives are also examined. An overview of the significant challenges facing the Canadian academic librarian providing government information support is presented. The paper concludes with a discussion of  the role of the academic library in preserving and ensuring access to government information.” – Abstract.

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