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Resources for new government information librarians

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There are several different kinds of resources that might be useful to you - people, books, websites, etc.


People and Organizations


Handbooks and guides




Documents-Specific Listservs

  • GOVDOC-M - An open e-mail discussion list for the documents community at large. For further information and subscribing instructions, contact Catherine Morse cmorse [at] umich.edu. 
  • MINNDOCS - The official communications vehicle for Federal Depository Libraries in Minnesota, South Dakota, and Michigan. It is used for official messages from the Regional Library, for notices of meetings, and also for general information and questions for and from documents librarians in the region. Send a message to listserv [at] lists.umn.edu with the command subscribe minndocs YourFirstName YourLastName.  This must be the ONLY content of the message. Turn OFF your email signature or add the word end by itself on the second line of the message.  More detailed information can be found here.
  • MICHDOC - This is a closed list for Michigan Documents Depository coordinators and staff of the Library of Michigan to exchange information related to depository activities and state government resources. List members are encouraged to post queries, comments, ideas and offers of state government resources. Subscription information can be found here; listserv archives can be found here.
  • Govdoc-L: a national mailing list for depository librarians and others interested in government information.  This list is a must.
  • To receive notifications and announcements regarding the FDLP, sign up for their email service or follow their RSS feed.
  • Government Information Interest Group at ALA Connect:



Other Listservs

  • Michlib-l - Michlib-l was created for Michigan libraries to share information about best practices, management, reference, operations and other areas of interest to Michigan libraries. Anyone with an interest in Michigan libraries may join. Librarians and library support staff are especially encouraged to join. To access older archives, click here.


Old Links



Comments (3)

Nadia El Anani, MLIS said

at 4:34 pm on Apr 10, 2009

I wanted to let you all know that this page has helped me already in showing that I am on the right track!! Believe me though I know I still have a lot to learn!! Thank you for putting in all this time!!

Kim Fournier said

at 2:10 pm on Apr 13, 2009

This is a terrific resource page. And there's another listserv that I've found very helpful - DocTech-L. From the ALA website: This listserv is devoted to questions regarding the technical processing of government documents. It is not a discussion forum for reference questions, position announcements, or conference announcements. Subscribers are generally people who are directly affiliated with processing government documents, and can include technical processing topics about federal, state, or UN documents. To subscribe, go to: http://lists.usu.edu/mailman/listinfo/doctech-l

Kate Hawkins said

at 12:21 pm on Sep 22, 2010

This is SO useful! Thanks. There's stuff I didn't know (not surprising) and good reminders.

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