Government information at Lied Library

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Library Hi Tech





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Purpose – To provide a case study focusing on efforts Lied Library has undertaken in collection development and management, space utilization, electronic access, web site revisions, and staff training in government publications.

Design/methodology/approach – The construction of and move into Lied Library have coincided with major developments in the production and dissemination of federal, state and local government publications and other information products. Among them is a trend away from print publications and toward “born-digital”, electronic-only publications. At the same time, space utilization issues have become even more critical in the new building. This article will explore the ways in which these developments and the new technologies available both within Lied Library and elsewhere are shaping the management and use of the print collections, collection development practices and bibliographic control of government information and public access.

Findings – This article highlights activities that have been undertaken over the past two years in Lied Library to make the government information collection more user-friendly.

Research limitations/implications – The article only highlights activities that have been undertaken at UNLV Libraries regarding government information resources, not on developments and challenges in other parts of the UNLV Libraries.

Practical implications – This article provides a useful case study focusing on one academic library's attempt to make government information resources more accessible to both library staff and users.

Originality/value – This article highlights and identifies Lied Library's experiences in making government information more accessible to both staff and patrons and discusses issues such as storage, evaluating the collection, cataloging, training staff and users, and revising the government information web site. Libraries may be able to use similar techniques in making their government resources more accessible to clientele.


Depository libraries; Government publications; Space (Architecture); University of Nevada; Las Vegas. Lied Library


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science | Other Political Science | Scholarly Publishing




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Skarl, S., Yunkin, M., & Skeers, T. (2005). Government information at Lied Library. Library Hi Tech, 23, 323-334. doi:10.1108/07378830510621748

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