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in RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee (Reference and User Services Association)
in GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)
How would you like to help find fugitive government documents? Fugitives are Federal documents that fall within scope of the FDLP but for whatever reason have not made it to GPO for cataloging into the CGP and distributed to FDLP libraries. In the born-digital era, where federal agencies and Congressional Committees can publish on their own Websites, the problem of fugitives is growing exponentially. If you'd like to help with the small project using Zotero bibliographic citation software to collect fugitives (described below), please contact me at jrjacobs AT stanford DOT edu.
1) Install the bibliographic management software called Zotero (either the firefox plugin or stand-alone client). Join the zotero group “everyday electronic materials.” This is a collaborative group citation library. Anyone can join the group, they just need to have installed zotero and have a zotero.org acct (which is free). btw, if you’ve never used zotero, I’ve got a handy outline for a class I teach on it at http://bit.ly/zotero-workshop. The outline will walk you through the install steps and give some pointers for using zotero.
2) Track on the new publications of your favorite government entity. For each new publication, check the Catalog of Government Publications (CGP) to see if the publication has been cataloged by GPO.
3) For any document that HASN'T been cataloged, save the fugitive to the zotero group “everyday electronic materials.” This is a collaborative group citation library. Anyone can join the group, they just need to have installed zotero (either the firefox plugin or stand-alone client) and have a zotero.org acct (which is free).
4) we’ve got a script running which checks the zotero group feed once per day. When the script finds new items, it automatically posts each item to the lostdocs blog under the category “fugitives.” GPO LSCM staff are tracking on the zotero group and will put any new fugitives through their cataloging workflow.
The lostdocs form on fdlp.gov is still the official way to submit to GPO, but I’ve contacted them and they're interested in tracking this workflow rather than (or in addition to) their current cumbersome lostdocs form.
I think this new workflow will be much easier for folks as zotero does much of the metadata work and it’s in the user’s browser meaning they don’t need to remember to go to fdlp.gov to get to the lostdocs form. My goal with using zotero is to greatly expand the number of librarians doing fugitive hunting, perhaps even getting people to track on specific agencies (or local/regional offices of specific agencies). In other words, I want fugitive hunting to be part of every docs librarian’s regular workflow, not simply random and serendipitous.
in GODORT Legislation Committee (Government Documents Round Table)
Here's the updated draft GODORT resolution in support of NTIS. This version passed GODORT Legislation Committee and COL GIS. It'll go to ALA Committee on Legislation for a vote before (hopefully) going to ALA Council. For historical purposes, see the original draft resolution to compare to the current version.
RESOLUTION ON PRESERVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REPORTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE
Whereas some three million scientific and technical reports are held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), thereby promoting research, innovation, and business;
Whereas since 1940, NTIS has been co-operating with federal agencies to collect, preserve, catalog, and provide their reports in paper, microform, and digital formats;
Whereas many federal agencies do not have statutory responsibility or the resources to provide permanent access to these reports and depend upon NTIS to provide them to other government agencies and the public;
Whereas the process of federal agencies entrusting their reports to NTIS ensures permanent access to the public, eliminates duplication of effort, and saves tax dollars;
Whereas some of the federal agencies that published the historical reports no longer exist, so their reports are only available through NTIS;
Whereas over two million of these reports are held only in paper or microform by NTIS and are not available in digital form from any source;
Whereas NTIS has the statutory authority to provide information management services to other federal agencies, including such programs as the Social Security Administration Death Master File used by insurance and annuity companies and the Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registrants Data Base, which enables members of the medical community to prescribe and handle controlled substances, and the Federal Science Repository Service which supports the preservation and long-term access of participating agencies content;
Whereas the H.R. 443, To Streamline the Collection and Distribution of Government Information, has been introduced in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS;
Whereas these bills make no provision for the preservation of the reports and their cataloging data or provide libraries such as the Library of Congress, the national libraries, and libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program an opportunity to help “determine if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States"; and
Whereas the American Library Association has long supported the provision of all federal government reports and publications, at no charge, to the public through libraries and other services and NTIS now provides free access to digital copies of its holdings; now, therefore be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA):
1. urges the United States Congress to fund the provision of these digital reports to the federal agencies and the public at no charge through NTIS, as well as the preservation of the print and microform collections so they will remain available for sale to the public on a cost recovery basis; and
2. urges the United States Congress to ensure a selected, national repository is selected and funded to preserve and provide public access to this important scientific and technical reports if NTIS enabling legislation is eliminated.
in AASL Committee Review Task Force
AASL Committee Review Task Force,
First let me apologize for the lack of communication - it has been a very busy fall with a wedding, and holiday season. But now we need to think about our committee.
I will not be at Mid Winter but there will be a committee meeting at the AASL All Committee on Saturday at 3pm. It will be chair by Annemarie Roscello, a committee member. We hope at this meeting to start on our work so we can move forward this spring.
Please let me know if you will be attending the meeting at FranRoscello@gmail.com
Below is our charge and function, plus a link to the AASL strategic plan. You will see that we need a report for Annual.
We then need to formulate how we are going to meet our charge.
The strategic plan is at http://www.ala.org/aasl/about/governing-docs/strategic-plan.
AASL Committee Review Taskforce
To assist AASL in reviewing committees and structure to ensure the work of the association is in line with strategic initiatives.
- Develop a scoring rubric to evaluate AASL standing committees. Items to take under consideration could include connection to AASL’s strategic plan, redundancy of work with other committees or within ALA (or other organizations- is someone doing the same work and possibly better), direct impact on members/profession.
Gather necessary information to score each committee:
Headquarters to provide 5 year overview of committee MIO and work product(s)
Collect ALA information, both committee work and staff/offices/other divisions
Score each committee and then consider any possible gaps that exist.
Submit final report to AASL Board of Directors with recommendations by ALA Annual 2015.