Riffing off of Barbara Fister’s “Some assumptions about libraries” in which she lists her insights and reflections on the purpose and nature of academic libraries, we thought we’d list our assumptions about government information collections and services, which can be seen as addenda or corollaries to Fister’s library assumptions:
1) Government documents are the cornerstone of democracy and are for public consumption. One of the most critical things that libraries can do for their communities is to ensure the long-term preservation of and access to government information by building their own digital and physical collections.
2) Government information and government information *librarians* enrich a library’s overall collections and services.
3) It takes a geographically distributed network of libraries to sustain this critical piece of the information sphere over the long-term. Online government information does not obviate the need for depository libraries. On the contrary, in this ever-expanding, inherently chaotic information universe, it *heightens* the need for many libraries collecting, organizing, preserving and giving access to government information.
What are your government information assumptions?
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