Hannah Laymon’s project proposal

My group has chosen information architecture in libraries and museums.

I am interested in this topic because I wanted to examine a discipline that considers scholars in their capacity as users of informative materials rather than their more familiar one (at least to me, given my liberal arts background) as producers of informative materials.

Specific resources:

Drake, Miriam A. (2005). The Federal Depository Library Program: Safety Net for Access. Searcher13(1), 46-50. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proquestgep.idm.oclc.org/docview/221101872/abstract/26BCCED64BD94089PQ/10?accountid=130717

Tulis, Susan E. (2006). Visioning or Restructuring Efforts for the Federal Depository Library Program, the Early Years. Documents to the People34(1), 33-35. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proquestgep.idm.oclc.org/docview/216518974/26BCCED64BD94089PQ/3?accountid=130717

Ennis, Lisa A. (2007). Government documents librarianship: A guide for the neo-depository era. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

U.S. Government Printing Office. (2012, May 16). GPO Introduces New eLearning Tool for Federal Depository Libraries. Targeted News Service. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.proquestgep.idm.oclc.org/docview/1013716560/26BCCED64BD94089PQ/5?accountid=130717

United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Printing. (1985, June 26). An Open Forum on the Provision of Electronic Federal Information to Depository Libraries: Report of the staff of the Joint Committee on Printing to the chair of the Joint Committee on Printing: Open forum held June 26, 1985, Washington, DC. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Based on my preliminary research, I have chosen to focus on collections of government documents held in federal depository libraries. These collections are distinctive not only in their content but also in their origins and organization. While they reside at individual libraries, either public or based at an institution such as a university, they are provided by a legislative agency, the Government Printing Office, that is responsible for both producing the materials and ensuring free in-person and online access to them. I would like to examine how the libraries carry out the responsibility of maintaining the objects in the digital repository (Federal Digital System, or FDsys) provided by the GPO while also making them accessible through their own search and retrieval software.

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