History - The 2000's

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The New Century continued the technology changes of the 1990's for both the Federal Depository Library Program [FDLP] and the State Depository Library Program. These changes reflected the growing importance of electronic publishing and distribution of government information as CD-ROM distribution gave way DVD's and to the World Wide Web.

The accepted Depository principles of free public access, distribution [with certain exceptions] of all federal publications to the FDLP libraries, and the location of FDLP libraries in each state and Congressional district continues to be over shadowed by the realization that without guaranteed Permanent Public Access to electronic government information, the Depository Program will have little chance of survival in the New Century. Unfortunately, federal information policy is beginning developed in a fragmented manner and without an overall vision that includes all three branches of government.

The websites of Texas depository libraries and their digitization projects grew more sophisticated as everyone became more proficient with the latest software and hardware for electronic publishing and preservation.

The Texas State Library & Archive Commission's TRAIL service unveiled in April 2000 is a great success. The TRAIL web site provides searching and retrieval for more than 6,000 electronic publications from about 150 Texas state agencies. Users may search by author/agency, title, subject and keyword.

Progress is being made on the creation of the four parts of The Library of Texas project (formerly the Texas Electronic Library Project): Databases, Preservation of Government Information (e.g. Electronic Depository Library), Statewide Virtual Library, and Training. Several GODORT members continue to work with TSLAC and others to create the Texas Electronic Depository Program, the part of the Library of Texas project that will collect and preserve for future access Texas electronic government publications. (For anyone interested in the project, see information about the Government Information Team's work posted on the TSLAC Web site at: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/trail/depositorymain.html.)

The Texas Administrative Code Rules(Title 13 Part 1 Chapter 3 State Publications Depository Program) governing the state depository program were revised (effective June 27,2000) to include the electronic documents. New rules establish electronic depositories with revisions to the definitions and format types covered and the addition of §3.13, Designation of Depository Library Status for Electronic State Publications to, §3.14, Termination of Designated Depository Library Status for Electronic State Publications, and §3.15 Minimum Standards for Designated Electronic Depository Libraries. The definitions are explained in the TRAIL manual.

The TRAIL manual and the implementation of the Electronic Depository rules by state agencies may serve as an example for other states and the Government Printing Office.

A collection plan that outlines the criteria for selection and MIME types of Texas electronic government publications for the Electronic Depository Program was completed in 2000, and a memorandum of understanding that outlines partner responsibilities was completed in 2001. The University of North Texas subsequently signed a partnership agreement to become an Electronic State Depository Library.

TLA-GODORT organized programs to prepare librarians to take advantage of electronic government information and several GODORT members continue to publish books and articles to promote the use of government information. The Round Table continues to publish Lone Star Docs as its official newsletter and maintains an official GODORT Round Table Home Page on the Texas Library Association's TXLA.ORG web site.

The New Century continued the popular tradition of holding the Round Table business meetings at 8 a.m. on Thursday morning during the Annual Conference.

The following excerpts from the Journal, the TLA GODORT Meeting Minutes, the TLA Conference Program, Lone Star Docs, and articles from the literature are included to chronicle interest in government information and documents librarianship in Texas.

Items of Interest from the 2000's

Spring 2000 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, April 11-14, 2000, Houston, TLA Conference Program April 11-14, 2000

Officers elected taken from Lone Star Docs vol. 7, no. 1, 2000

  • Chair - Lorraine Bingham, Texas Tech University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect - Bradley Meyer, Blinn College
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Clarice Luce, University of North Texas
  • Councilor - Victoria Packard, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Alternate: ??
  • Awards Committee Chair: Laura Baker, Abilene Christian University
  • Booth Committee Chair: Brenda Barnes, Texas Christian University
  • Electronic Resources Committee Chair: Tom Rohrig, Texas Tech University
  • Nominating Committee (Election) Chair: Susan Hidalgo, Texas Tech University
  • Texas MARC Record Work Group Chair: Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas
  • Web Committee Chair: Bennett Claire Ponsford, West Texas A&M University
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the State Plan for Documents Co-Chairs: Tom Rohrig, Texas Tech University and Sue Troyan, ???
  • Lone Star Docs Newsletter Editor: Bennett Claire Ponsford, West Texas A&M University
  • Business Meeting, April 13, 2000, 8 a.m.
  • The first "Knowledge is Power Award" from GODORT and MARCIVE, Inc. was awarded to Melody Kelly, University of North Texas

Conference Programs:

"Z39.50: Making it Happen" - Need first-hand information about Z39.50? Understand how Z39.50 interacts with your integrated library system. Panelists will describe both the obstacles and possibilities of implementing the Z Texas Profile and Z39.50 in your automation system. Panelist: Robert Gaines, Central Texas Library System; Slavko Manojlovich, Memorial University of Newfoundland; William Moen University of North Texas; Scott Pipenburg, Dallas Public Schools; Bill Moen presiding. Co-sponsored by GODORT and Automation and Technology Round Tables (Program, page 24)

"Federal Documents Information Resources and How to Use Them" - Valuable resources at the 2,000 plus federal libraries and information centers located around the globe are under utilized. Discover how to identify and access the information and services available through these collections. Speaker: Stephanie Hones, Allen Library, Fort Polk, La., Barbara Grisell, presiding - Sponsored by the Conference Program Committee. (Program, page 27)

"Census 2000: American Factfinder" - Census 2000 is acquiring data for the 22nd decennial census of the United States. Data collected by the Bureau of the Census is used to administer federal programs and distribute billions of federal dollars. Review data acquisitions and products available from Census 2000 and learn about the Bureau's new web services: American Factfinder and the American Community Survey give up-to-date information on your community, your economy, and your society. Speaker: Paula Wright, Bureau of the Census; Lorraine Bingham, presiding. (Program, page 36)

"Z39.50 in Texas: Z Texas Profile Update" - Initiated in 1998, the Z Texas Profile (Z39.50 specifications for library applications in Texas) is evolving toward full implementation by library systems vendors. A new release of the Profile incorporates support for emerging international Z39.50 specifications (the Bath Profile), thus leveraging local implementations for global information access. Get up-to-date information on the Texas initiative and learn what the Z Texas Profile can bring to your library and users. Speaker: William Moen, University of North Texas (Program, page 42)

"Blazing a New Trail to Texas Government Information" - The Texas Record and Information Locator (TRAIL) electronic system is now providing easy and ready access to Texas state government information contained on more than 300 Web servers. See how Z39.50, Dublin Core metadata, and name/subject headings can be effectively combined with HTML, search engines, spiders, and XML for a service that answers the information needs of your patrons easily, instantly, and effectively. Allen Mullen, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Tom Rohrig, president. Co-sponsored by GODORT and Automation and Technology Round Table, (Program, page 44)

Fall 2000 (Government Information Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 3, pages 299-307) "Storage of Electronic Files of Federal Agencies that Have Ceased Operation: A Partnership for Permanent Access"

By Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas

Abstract: "This article describes one of the library partnerships with the Government Printing Office to store and provide access to the electronic files of agencies that have ceased operation. Ad the only web contact for an agency, unique challenges arose when historical publications were frequently requested. Digitized historical publications, bibliographies, and an agency history enhance services for researchers."

Summer 2000 ( Mississippi Libraries, vol. 64, no. 2, Summer 2000, pages 33-36) "Z39.50: An Introduction in Non-Technical Language"

By Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas

Abstract: "This article attempt to answer basic questions about Z39.50 - What it is? - How will it benefit my library? - Does it involve hardware or software or both? - What level of technical expertise is required to implement a Z39.50 system?" Also included is a list of resources for additional study on this topic.

Spring 2001 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, March 28-31, 2001, San Antonio, Texas

Officers elected from the >TLA Directory 2001-2002

  • Chair - Bradley Meyer, Blinn College
  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect - Janetta K. Paschal, Angelo State University
  • Secretary-Treasurer - Laura Baker, Abilene Christian University
  • Councilor - Coby Condrey, Texas State Library; Alternate - Vickie Phillips, Houston Area Library System
  • Booth Committee Chair: Brenda Barnes, Texas Christian University
  • Electronic Resources Chair: Tom Rohrig, Texas Tech University
  • Membership Committee Chair - Laura Baker, Abilene Christian University
  • Nominating Committee - Vickie Phillips, Houston Area Library System

Ad Hoc Committee on By-Laws Revision: Melody Kelly and Clarice Luce, University of North Texas

Business Meeting March 29, 2001, 8:00 a.m.

The 2001 "Knowledge is Power Award" from GODORT and MARCIVE, Inc. was awarded to Tom Rohrig, Texas Tech University.

Conference Programs:

"Maps for Census 2000: Directions We Can Take" - Government maps can take you in all directions. Use the Census 2000 data to map out a plan to better serve your library users. Speaker: Barbara Levergood, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Tom Rohrig, presiding. (Program, page 24)

"Access Survival: MARC and the Web" - What will be the relationship between a catalog and the Web and between MARC and mark-up code in 21st Century libraries? This session centers on these questions and presents examples of innovative approaches to access, such as the Texas Records and Information Locator Service (TRAIL). Panelist: Allen Mullen, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Christine Peterson, Amigos Library Services; Karen Hopkins, presiding. Co-Sponsored by GODORT and the Texas Regional Group of Catalogers and Classifiers Round Table. (Program, page 29)

"Government Information, Now and Forever" - As part of the Library of Texas initiative, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is partnering with state depository libraries to provide continued access to electronic government information. This session outlines the processes, standards, future plans, and impact of this service on libraries and their users. Panelist: Coby Condrey, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas; Allen Mullen, presiding. Co-Sponsored by GODORT and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (Program, page 38)


Additions and Corrections to this History are welcomed. Texas Library Association, Government Documents Round Table; All contents copyright © 1996-2005. All rights reserved.

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