A Guide to Publications of the Executive Branch

A Guide to Publications of the Executive Branch

A Guide to Publications of the Executive Branch

A Guide to Publications of the Executive Branch

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". . . Most libraries lack the broad array of government materials needed to provide necessary informational services. It is also a fact that most librarians lack the training and skills necessary in using these materials." So said Eugene J. Bockman, Director of the Municipal Reference and Research Center of the City of New York, in a speech delivered at the American Library Association Meeting in Detroit on June 29, 1970. The above statement was made by Mr. Bockman in connection with his proposal that the branch public libraries of New York City should, but do not now, serve as information centers. ". . . to connect every citizen easily with the array of public and private resources, facilities, rights and programs about which all but the best educated are now uninformed . . . The skilled public librarian has at his fingertips all available material that may help answer inquiries or help lead the citizens to the proper department or agency, i.e. city directories, public laws, rules and regulations, state and federal manuals, governmental publications and a host of other guides and informational materials."Mr. Bockman is talking primarily about the "development of collections of local governmental materials necessary to cope with the growing complexities of urban life." With this book, I want to recommend that his idea be extended to encourage the development of bigger and better collections of Federal government materials, not only in public libraries, but also in school and college libraries. And this is suggested for the same reason -- to provide the opportunity for an informed and intelligent citizenry. As Bockman says of such an information center, ". . . it would provide our library public with a service supportive of the highest principles of civic information, citizen vigilance and public information . . . It could be another avenue by which the citizen [and I would add, the school and college student] can find out how government and its administration is run -- and whom to turn to when a problem arises requiring governmental involvement, intervention or action." Broadly stated, then, this book is intended to provide an understanding of the function and operation of the several agencies of the government by means of descriptions of these agencies and also by means of descriptions of some of their publications of use to public, school, and college libraries. Since it will be impossible to list all their publications, the agency descriptions are intended to clue you in to such activities that might result in publication.I intend this book to be a selection tool for even the smallest school, college, or public library with the lowest budget. Therefore, I am making every effort to point out free (but useful) publications, wherever they can be found. It is also a selection tool in the sense that I have tried to indicate (by means of a code) for every document listed where I think each listed document fits into your collection, i.e., as a reference book, a circulating item, something for the vertical file, or a useful periodical title.I'm also trying to point up, where possible, those publications that are recurring ones so that you can depend on getting a copy, even if the edition I wrote up is out of print and out of date (as many titles in bib. guides like this frequently are). You'll know then that a revised edition or another printing will be available when you're reading this book, or at least on its way to being "in print" again.I am of the opinion that every library, school, college, and public regardless of budget limitations, should try to collect at least three types of pubs listed here. You'll find that many are free; these are: . . .

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