Forwarding on behalf of Ashley Dahlen, UMCP. Responses should go to
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U.S. Senate Library
My apologies for cross postings.
I'm trying to gauge the amount of interest there is amongst libraries to
put electronic government documents into their catalogs.
In my library we are a Federal Depository Library and we receive
government documents on deposit from the Government Printing Office. We
also receive "electronic documents", or online documents that have been
assigned a PURL (persistent URL) from the Government Printing Office.
These e-documents are put into our catalog by a vendor called Marcive
(who also provide many other services). These e-documents cover anything
from Census information, congressional information, to statistical
resources, and more.
I've been finding that there are other depository libraries who are
interested in adding these e-documents into their catalog systems,
either in lieu of the print versions, or to supplement the print
versions. I'm wondering if other libraries, even non-depository, public
or special libraries, are interested in doing the same.
So, if you are from a library system, or a part of a consortia where
there is interest in adding electronic government information into you
OPAC, can you please email me offlist at [log in to unmask] ? I just need
to know who's interested or curious about it. Obviously the date is
I'm trying to work with a couple of vendors to come to Maryland (or
another appropriate location) and talk about the services they can
provide, but of course, they need to know how many would be there for
cost effectiveness reasons. Any program we put on could cover the
technical side of loading records or the reference side of directing
patrons to electronic resources, pending where the interest is.
Bibliographic Control Librarian
University of Maryland College Park
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