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Facing Change: A Perspective on Government Publications Services in Canadian Academic Libraries in the Internet Age

Facing Change: A Perspective on Government Publications Services in Canadian Academic Libraries in the Internet Age. Sherry Smugler, Government Publications and Reference Librarian, University of Toronto. November 2013. Government Documents Round Table - American Library Association - GODORT Occasional Papers. ISSN 1948-6499. Number 9, November 2013.

“This paper provides a librarian’s perspective on government publications services in Canadian academic libraries over the past two decades, a period of profound change in libraries. The impact of the internet and online access is examined. The importance of library services for government collections and the critical role of the government publications librarian are discussed. Government policies affecting library access to Canadian government publications and the challenges facing Canada’s Depository Services Program and National Library and Archives are also examined. An overview of the significant challenges facing the Canadian academic librarian providing government information support is presented. The paper concludes with a discussion of the role of the academic library in preserving and ensuring access to government information.”

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