As a land-grant library and a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program and other
depository plans from organizations such as the UN, the University Library has a commitment to
collect and preserve information from governments, intergovernmental organizations and public
non-governmental organizations, and to design service programs that allow our users to access and
make effective use of this information. A recent article in Library Journal notes that "Government
information has been profoundly affected by technological change" <
>, but technology is only one of the change drivers in the critical information sector.
Government information is relevant to teaching, learning, and research across the curriculum, and
has the potential to develop into a critical component of public engagement activities at the
University Library. In order to ensure continued excellence in the care of government information
collections and the design and delivery of government information services, the Library will pursue
a staged approach to integrating government information services into broader service programs and
Recognizing the deep domain knowledge that is the hallmark of government information specialists, the high quality of the information services currently provided by the Government Documents Library, and the desire to extend the reach of these services through more robust outreach programs to users across campus and beyond, this group is being asked to consider how to best support these specialized services in the context of broader service programs such as Central Reference, Information Literacy, Content Access Management (CAM) and other campus depositories, including the Funk ACES and Law Libraries.
The Government Information Service Team will review current government information programs, encompassing public and technical services, and develop a plan to improve the effectiveness of service to users by integrating all or parts of the current Government Documents operations into other parts of the Library organization. Specifically, the Team is being asked to:
Approved by the Executive Committee: August 11, 2008