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Ode to Govdoc-L

I was cleaning my condo today and ran across a “government documents jounral” that I turned in as an assignment in grad school back in 1995. Part of what I did for this assignment was to subscribe to Govdoc-l, the documents librarians’ electronic mailing list. I had to report my impressions. The three things I cited 13 years ago were:

  1. Govdoc-L is practical.
  2. Govdoc’rs are helpful
  3. Govdoc-l is informative

I expanded on these ideas in my paper and then concluded with:

“In light of the three characteristics outlined above, I feel that it is extremely important for any documents librarian who has access to the internet to subscribe to this list!”

Aside from not being able to conceive a documents librarian without internet access in 2008, I think this advice is just as true today as it was 13 years ago!

These days govdoc-l has an RSS feed, so now there is even less excuse NOT to follow this important government information resource.

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