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I am assisting a selective depository of United States Government publications assess its collection by creating electronic shelf lists of all publications since 1946. Each publication is found in the online ” Catalog of Government Publications “, httpL//catalog.gpo.gov/F .
I think that other depository libraries might be able to use these lists and the ones that are being created. Here is the text of a letter sent to the Regional Depository Libraries. I hope that my letter is clear to people who work with these publications. It will probably not be understood by most other people. Text of letter follows. Some information is edited
I am a retired government information librarian who retired [edited]. I am assisting a selective depository library assess its holdings of federal documents. The “universe “of publications are those found in the Catalog of Government Publications, http://catalog.gpo.gov/F , from a government agency publisher active anytime from 1946 to 2009. The range of stems is D to Y 3.Z: Y 3.2 commissions may be added later on.
Records retrieved from the Catalog of Government Publications are saved in .txt format .
The regional depository library wants offers lists sent in .txt format.
Title, Year, Superintendent of Documents Classification number .
Two sample records from the Federal Election Commission list [ Y 3.El 2/5: ] are:
55 A voter’s guide to federal elections [electronic resource] / 2010
Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010 http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS125990
56 A voter’s guide to federal elections / 2010
Y 3.EL 2/5:8 V 94/2010
The numbers 55 and 56 come back with the records retrieved.
Item numbers are not included, but are available from GPO files, the commercially published Guide to U.S. Government Publications, and other sources.
I have created more than 200 lists, with more than 2.25 MB of data. My “guesstimate” is that 15,000 titles are listed. I estimate that 300 to 800 entries are added each day.
Deleting, cutting, pasting, and some typing could change a record into an offers list entry. I am willing to share my lists with other depositories.
I don’t have the Microsoft Office suite in my computer. I might be able to save the information as a spreadsheet and move whole columns if I did.
I am willing to share my lists with other depositories for their use. I can be contacted by email at
[email address deleted]
Cordially yours, s/tkl Thomas Lindsey