Government Documents Department
The U. S. government is the largest publisher in the world. It's selections are very strong in in social sciences and sciences, especially economics, environment and statistics. The GPO (government printing office) prints information for all the various departments- agriculture, education, the census, etc., and prints congressional hearings and reports, presidential papers, the annual budget, the Federal Register and Congressional Record, and so on. There is a GPO building in Washington, DC that does much of the designing, printing, and distributing of materials. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) disseminates U.S. Government information to the American public through libraries across the nation. This information is available to anyone who wants to see it. Everything in our Gov Docs collection is owned by the government, not the college.
We select publications that are best suited to our needs by choosing item numbers. Once a year we review our selections and add or drop item numbers. Each format- paper, microfiche, or electronic- now has a different item number. We can choose which format we want and are increasingly choosing electronic items. Our current item selection can be found here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/tools/itemlist.html. Instructions for how to add or drop items is here: http://www.fdlp.gov/collections/selection/412-amending-your-librarys-item-selection-profile.
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