Government Information: Inputs for Learning

Information from government departments aimed exclusively at adults? A suggestive direction is offered in the latest issue of IFLA Journal (March 2012, p. 68-77). There we can find the article The Gov Doc Kids Group and free government information, written by Tom Adamich, Martha Childers, Katy Davis, John H. Faria and Antoinnette W.  Satterfield (published also as a paper at the IFLA WLIC 77 in Puerto Rico).

Eui Min Kim – Grade 9–12 / Age 16 / Kadena High School, Kaneda, Okinawa, Japan.

The Gov Doc Kids Group, located in the United States, was formed to promote the use of government information to children, as a way of supporting their learning process in subjects such as history or science . Members of the Group describe the formation of the initiative, international and country websites useful for children, and present means of opening the doors of government information to this target group. The paper also provides an indepth description of how a Government Documents Children’s Collection could be formed. Although the examples discussed here are United States-centric projects, the authors say that these ideas could flourish in almost any country.

 

Drawing of the post by: Eui Min Kim – Grade 9–12 / Age 16 / Kadena High School, Kaneda, Okinawa, Japan.

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