March 22, 2005
Gov't Sponsored Project Offers Expert Virtual Reference Services
"U.S. Government agencies provide information on a wide variety of topics, from nutrition and health care to gardening and saving money on your electric bill. Other topics include laws and regulations, statistics, international affairs, public safety, and more. If a government agency does it, they probably publish information on it...Government Information Online (GIO) is a national pilot project sponsored by the Illinois State Library, OCLC, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. GPO is participating in the pilot along with more than 30 federal depository libraries from across the United States. Users of the service can interact online with government information librarians during a weekly chat schedule, or users can submit questions at any time using an email interface. To use the service, visit the project's website at http://govtinfo.org. The pilot is scheduled to run through November 14, 2005."