Government Information and Access Services

Government Information and Access Services

United States Government Information is a valuable resource for citizens and information professionals alike. Learn about the nature, use, acquisitions and organization of federal information in a variety of formats including print and electronic - historical and current. Prerequisite: SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Co-requisite(s): SLIS 5615. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: GOALS: To establish government bodies as major and unique publishers and to prepare students to select, use, organize, and administer government publications in depository and non-depository libraries. To establish government bodies as major and unique publishers and to prepare students to select, use, organize, and administer government publications in depository and non-depository libraries. OBJECTIVES: On completing SLIS 5660, students should know: 1. The history and current issues determining public access to federal information, e.g. federal information policy. 2. The background and present responsibility of the Government Printing Office and the Superintendent of Documents in government publishing, in sale and distribution of public information, and the compilation of print/electronic catalogs and indexes of public government information. 3. The functions and relationships between selective and regional depositories. 4. The historic and current role of federal depository libraries in federal information policy. 5. The mechanics of administering separate or integrated physical public document collections in depository libraries. 6. The mechanics of administering the transition to an Electronic Federal Depository Library Program. 7. The principal tools and procedures for use in selecting federal documents for the depository library. 8. The importance of federally sponsored technical support literature, the agencies responsible for public access to this literature, and their relationship to the depository library program. 9. The general and specialized government and commercial catalogs, indexes, and checklists to public documents, including print and electronic. 10. The retrospective and current publications which are produced by the Legislative Branch of the federal government, print and electronic. 11. The various publications generated by the Presidency, print and electronic. 12. Significant publications and types of publications (in all formats) which emerge from the departments and agencies in the Executive Branch with emphasis on reference and statistical information. 13. The publications of the judiciary and the most important reference and research aids which assist legal research.

Class Name Government Information and Access Services
Host School University of North Texas
Class Identifier SLIS 5660
Credit Value 3 Credit Hours
Faculty Melody Kelly
Course Tool (Online) WebCT Vista
Class Description United States Government Information is a valuable resource for citizens and information professionals alike. Learn about the nature, use, acquisitions and organization of federal information in a variety of formats including print and electronic - historical and current. Prerequisite: SLIS 5600 or consent of school. Co-requisite(s): SLIS 5615. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: GOALS: To establish government bodies as major and unique publishers and to prepare students to select, use, organize, and administer government publications in depository and non-depository libraries. To establish government bodies as major and unique publishers and to prepare students to select, use, organize, and administer government publications in depository and non-depository libraries. OBJECTIVES: On completing SLIS 5660, students should know: 1. The history and current issues determining public access to federal information, e.g. federal information policy. 2. The background and present responsibility of the Government Printing Office and the Superintendent of Documents in government publishing, in sale and distribution of public information, and the compilation of print/electronic catalogs and indexes of public government information. 3. The functions and relationships between selective and regional depositories. 4. The historic and current role of federal depository libraries in federal information policy. 5. The mechanics of administering separate or integrated physical public document collections in depository libraries. 6. The mechanics of administering the transition to an Electronic Federal Depository Library Program. 7. The principal tools and procedures for use in selecting federal documents for the depository library. 8. The importance of federally sponsored technical support literature, the agencies responsible for public access to this literature, and their relationship to the depository library program. 9. The general and specialized government and commercial catalogs, indexes, and checklists to public documents, including print and electronic. 10. The retrospective and current publications which are produced by the Legislative Branch of the federal government, print and electronic. 11. The various publications generated by the Presidency, print and electronic. 12. Significant publications and types of publications (in all formats) which emerge from the departments and agencies in the Executive Branch with emphasis on reference and statistical information. 13. The publications of the judiciary and the most important reference and research aids which assist legal research.
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Delivery Asynchronous
Start and End Date June 4th, 2012 - July 6th, 2012
Start and End Time
(if synchronous)
Days of Week
(of class meetings, if synchronous)
Last Add Day May 1st, 2012
Residency Start and End Date No Residency
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