Graphic: Liberty, by Constantino Brumidi, 1869

Rich Resources

for the Not-so-Rich

School Library Media Center


Government Information Resources

These resources provide a rich and varied collection of material to supplement and enhance a school library media center's core collection of resources.

What are government Publications? 44 U.S.C. 1901:  "Government publication" as used in this chapter, means informational matter which is published as an individual document at Government expense, or as required by law."

They provide quality additions to your information services:

bullet Authentic Resources--they give students and teachers the opportunity to solve real-world problems with real-world resources, resources used by business, other governments, consumers, and educators
bullet Primary Resources--the government creates these resources using information they collected first, often information gathered only by government
bullet Public Domain--most Federal resources are in the public domain. They are not copyrighted 17 U.S.C. 105: "Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government, but the United States Government is not precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred to it by assignment, bequest, or otherwise. . . . The effect of section 105 is intended to place all works of the United States Government, published or unpublished, in the public domain."
bullet Freely available--many government publications are readily available via the Internet; others may be requested from government agencies free of charge; yet others are available from such services as the GSA Federal Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colorado. You may also order publications from the Government Printing Office online or through regional bookstores, including the bookstore at Bannister Mall in Kansas City.
bullet Depository Libraries and Librarians--nearly 1400 libraries across the country and around the state of Missouri provide access to depository collections and the specialized expertise of documents librarians.

Here you will find a selection of resources chosen to illustrate the ways government resources can complement efforts to teach in an information-rich environment. These resources are organized according to the knowledge-type standards of the Show-Me Standards. Additional links for locating, selecting, and acquiring government publications are also included.

The Show-Me Standards

bullet Communication Arts
bullet Fine Arts
bullet Health and Physical Education
bullet Mathematics
bullet Science
bullet Social Studies

Other Resources

bullet Lesson Plans
bullet Search Tools
bullet Acquisitions
bullet PowerPoint Presentation, MASL Conference, April 1, 2003, Tan-Tar-A Resort, Osage Beach, Missouri

Dr. Patricia Antrim, Ph.D., MLS
Library Science and Information Services Program

Educational Leadership and Human Development
Lovinger 3030
Central Missouri State University
Warrensburg, MO  64093
Telephone: 660/543-8633
Fax: 660/543-4164

April 4, 2003