|Ramsey Library Government Information
Public Service Policy for
Federal government information in electronic formats includes both tangible electronic products, such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, videocassette, and floppy diskette, and intangible products available on the Internet in various file formats, such as Web-accessible HTML, PDF (Adobe Acrobat), XML, ASCII text, database files, and spreadsheets. Web browsers may also be used to access government information available via telnet, ftp, WAIS, and gopher.
Ramsey Library selects electronic Depository Items that meet the informational needs of the UNCA Community and residents of the 11th Congressional district, according to the Ramsey Library Federal Documents Collection Development Policy, in compliance with the Federal Depository Library Program Instructions to Depository Libraries and Title 44, Chapter 19 of the United States Code.
The library facilitates access to electronic government information by providing
Web-enabled computer workstations for public use, computers equipped with CD-ROM and or
DVD-ROM drives, a library CD-ROM/DVD-ROM LAN, video viewing stations, reference service,
and technical support. The library may select items in formats that it cannot currently
support with a view to future technological developments, off-site housing agreements, or
an open circulation policy. Content, not format, is the primary criterion for selection.
Access to government information in electronic formats, including Federal Depository Library Program information on the Internet, is free and unrestricted to all library users. Anyone may use Web-enabled computers in public areas of the library to search for government information or view Federal or State government Web sites.
Public PCs in the library allow access to http, PDF, telnet, ftp, and gopher links in government Web pages. Users may print or download Web pages or documents. Limits to printing or downloading are consistent with public service policies for other resources.
Most tangible electronic government publications, such as CD-ROMs and floppy diskettes, circulate outside the library. Exceptions include: Census Bureau publications, reference titles, and high-use items, particularly those installed on the Library LAN or single-user workstations.
Government information may be printed, downloaded or viewed in the library. Low-use
titles will be installed on demand as needed, for in-house use on designated library
computers. Access is provided within 24 hours, assuming appropriate application
software is available. If the title cannot be supported in the library, the item will be
allowed to circulate or other arrangements will be made.
Government information on the Internet is available at any networked public PC in the library. In addition, at least one computer workstation is dedicated to documents reference use to ensure availability of federal government information even in times of peak library usage.
When purchasing new computers, the library will specify equipment that meets the
Specifications for Public Access Work Stations in Federal Depository Libraries.
The Government Publications unit of Ramsey Library maintains a home page for government information and provides links to popular, useful, or prominent government sites in accordance with Guidelines for the Federal Depository Library Program. Item selections for government Internet sites, CD-ROM, floppy disc, and media titles are also listed in the library catalog.
Personal, telephone, and e-mail reference service, informational Web pages about government resources, and printed handouts are made available to the general public by the Documents unit.
Training for UNCA or community users is available by appointment for specific, tangible
electronic products or Internet resources. Examples of such training would include a
classroom session on using American FactFinder to access Census 2000 data, tracing legislation, education
resources, social work, or statistical resources for
Ramsey Library Patron Usage Policy for Computing and Networking
UNCA Student Usage Policy for Computing and Networking
Guidelines for the Federal Depository Library Program (Federal Depository Library
Manual, Supplement 2. February 1996)
Instructions To Depository Libraries (Revised September 2000)
Depository Library Public Service Guidelines For Government Information in
FDLP Internet Use Policy Guidelines [from Administrative Notes, January 15, 1999
(v.20, no. 2)]
Public Access to Electronic Government Information Provided Through Federal Depository
Recommended Specifications for Public Access Work Stations in Federal Depository
Updated 31 January 2002. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org