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Government documents can contain the oddest things! The CIA declassified its U2 flight handbook in 2012. Graphic designer Jack Curry noticed something “delightful” about the manual: “little cartoons of an anthropomorphized U2 at the beginning of each section” and posted copies of them on his personal blog.

Notable government documents 2013 – first call for nominations!

GODORT wants YOU! to nominate particularly interesting, news-worthy, outstanding government documents for their annual Notable Documents column in Library Journal. It’s quick and easy, helps libraries with collection development, and makes readers aware of important documents at various levels of governments (state, local, international and federal). Do it today!!

Please help ALA’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) promote the uniqueness and importance of government information resources by nominating outstanding government publications to be featured in Library Journal‘s annual Notable Documents column. This is a great way to highlight the value of government information and to acknowledge the efforts of those who produce it. The list reaches a wide audience and is useful as a selection tool for libraries, as well as for general interest. You can take a look at last year’s Notable Documents list.

Each year GODORT’s Notable Documents Panel selects an array of titles from among those suggested by the community. Items can be from any level of government–Federal, international, foreign, state, local–or material published for a government agency by a commercial publisher. All formats are fair game, including print, digital, books, maps, and CDs. If you know of a government information resource issued in 2013 that’s worthy of national attention, please help spread the word about it. Here’s the brief nomination form.

Deadline for nominations is January 3, 2014. If you have any questions about the process, please let me know.

Thanks for your help!

Marianne Ryan

Chair, Notable Documents Panel

Great list of notable 2012 govt documents. Thanks @GODORT #FDLP

Library Journal has just published “Notable Government Documents of 2012: Looking Back, Moving Ahead.” Every year a panel of judges from the ALA’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) receive submissions and compile a list of notable state and local-, Federal-, and international documents — including links to and distributors for all of the documents. Check out the amazingly diverse topics covered by govt documents including bees, FOIA, the space shuttle, zombies (yes zombies!!), CA high speed rail, birds and dragonflies and damselflies (oh my!), Documents.OK.gov, cannabis, water and many more. Great job by the community and the committee. Every library should have all of these items in their collections at the very least.

FYI, The 2013 process will soon begin. You too can submit your favorite new documents to committee.

What’s hot in government documents? Library Journal publishes 2011 Notable government documents

Library Journal: Notable Government Documents 2011 Library Journal has just published their annual list of Notable Government documents, “Notable Government Documents 2011: Past as Prologue”. This list of notable Federal, State, Local and International documents — put together each year by ALA’s Government Documents Round Table — is a collaborative effort by the documents community to promote awareness and acquisition of government publications by libraries and use by library patrons. The list highlights the depth and breadth of the work of our governments. Check them out — and make sure your library has them in their collections!

Nominate your 2010 notable government documents now!

Please help out the government documents community. Each year the Notable Documents Panel of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) selects titles issued by intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and governments at all levels and highlights them in a May Library Journal article — here’s last year’s notable documents article.

If you see a government document, web site, database, or other information resource issued since January 2010 that merits attention, please take a few minutes to nominate it. Works in all formats are fair game, as are items published for governments and IGOs by private publishers.

Nominate early, nominate often!

Deadline is January 15, 2011.

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