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Two State Libraries Using News to Promote Documents

One clear benefit of having government information in electronic format is the ability to quickly and easily tie government documents to other material. With the large number of news stories involving government activities or government resources, tying government documents to news media seems like a natural.

Two state libraries that I know of are taking this natural step:

New Mexico appears to highlight documents while Washington highlights the news stories. Both look like good approaches to me and I hope both institutions get a lot of thanks and praise for their creativity!

While I know of a few universities who provide this kind of service, these are the first I’ve seen from State libraries. Anyone else have an example?

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  1. Hi K. Thanks for your comments, kind words and feedback.

    What’s the URL and/or feed of your hot docs page? My library is a selective Canadian depository, so I’d be interested in a feed for hot Canadian documents. And I know we have a few other Canadian FGI readers too.

    “And besides all that, what we need is a decentralized, distributed system of depositing electronic files to local libraries willing to host them.” — Daniel Cornwall, tipping his hat to Cato the Elder for the original quote.

  2. While not a state library, at McMaster University in Canada, we have a Hot Docs page that I keep updated. If I find mention of a gov pub on a news site or broadcast, I add the document to the page with appropriate links and/or call numbers, which is also available through an RSS feed.

    Thanks for all the great stories about gov pubs and web 2.0 applications. It’s an area of great interest for me.

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