James T. Shaw

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Conference Proceeding

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Some of you may recall that at last year's Fall FDLP Conference, Professor Charles Seavey (University of Missouri, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies) participated in a panel presentation about the future of depository libraries, and he remarked that "any library can be a depository." In the August 2005 issue of American Libraries, Professor Seavey elaborated on his idea in an article entitled, "Documents to the People: Musings on the Past and Future of Government Information." At some risk of oversimplification, his primary point is that the era of electronic access presents a new opportunity for any library to connect users to government information. Status as an official depository, while not irrelevant, is not necessary.


Presented at the Fall Federal Depository Library Conference, October 16-19, 2005, Washington, DC.

2005-shaw-feddeplibrconf.pdf (58 kB)
Promoting Government Information - Presentation Handout