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Best Practices for Government Libraries

Marie Kaddell, LexisNexis | June 01, 2011

Each spring, Best Practices for Government Libraries puts out its call for submissions, and government librarians — along with others who have something of interest to share with that community — get writing. As the Senior Information Professional for Government at LexisNexis, I am constantly learning about innovative and noteworthy efforts in government library environments. Best Practices showcases those efforts and facilitates the exchange of information about significant initiatives and innovations in federal, state, local, military and court libraries.

The 2011 theme is “e-Efforts and e-Initiatives: Expanding Our Horizons,” and the publication will be available for summer release. Previous themes include:

  • The New Face of Value
  • Change: Managing It, Surviving It, Thriving on It
  • Web 2.0 in the Workplace and Beyond

The 2010 Best Practices for Government Libraries, available online in PDF format, has more than 70 submissions by more than 60 contributors. A few examples:

Parsing Digital Value in an Academic Library - Edwin B. Burgess, Director, Combines Arms Research Library, Fort Leavenworth, and Deborah E. B. Keller, Reference Librarian, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Showcasing the Value of the Library Through Social Media - Christine Sellers, Legal Reference Librarian, and Andrew Weber, Senior Legal Information Analyst, Law Library of Congress

Strategic Planning and the Value of Libraries - Ellen Ensel, Director of Knowledge Management and Library Services, U.S. Institute of Peace

A second resource for those interested in government libraries and government information is the Government Info Pro blog. In 2006, Government Info Pro was developed to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on trends in government librarianship. Soon we'll celebrate its 1000th post! The blog is a collaborative effort. Although I write and maintain the blog, guest posts are encouraged, and you will find many posts by information professionals in government agencies, courts and the military, as well as professional association leaders and LexisNexis consultants. You can subscribe to the RSS feed using your favorite feed reader or receive e-mail updates. Interested in writing a guest post? E-mail Marie Kaddell.