Rare and Endangered Government Publications: Capturing the Moment

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Spring 2016


What are rare and endangered government publications? In short, they are the materials representing that which is valued most in our collections. Each depository library collects documents that are important to its community: some arrive through a depository program, some come through direct solicitation from agencies, some come through traditional means of acquisition, and some come through emerging models of building digital collections. Managing these resources to ensure their availability for long-term access is a critical part of government documents librarianship. Put another way, rare and endangered government publications are the pieces of the public output of government that are most likely to go missing.


This article was originally published in DttP: Documents to the People. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.


DttP: Documents to the People


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