Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hannon Library at SOU: Federal Depository Library

Logo: Federal Depository Library program
Logo: Federal
Depository Library
I had an informative conversation yesterday with Dorothy “Dotty” Ormes, government information librarian at Southern Oregon University (SOU)’s Hannon Library.

Hannon Library is enrolled in the Federal Depository Library Program of the Government Printing Office (GPO). Hannon’s federal publications collection is available to all constituents in Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

From the GPO website: “The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information.” Hannon Library has been a selective depository for federal publications since 1953. Ormes said it accepts about 30 percent of reports offered by the GPO.

Characteristics unique to Hannon Library’s government publications collection include its Southern Oregon Digital Archives, federal, state, and county publications pertaining to the Southern Oregon Bioregion and the First Nations/ Tribal Collection.

Hannon Library is also enrolled in the Oregon State Documents Depository Program. As of 2006, its Oregon state documents collection contained more than 11,400 cataloged titles.

Ormes has curated a guide to finding federal government information in Hannon Library’s Federal Depository collection. Similar guides are available for Oregon government resources and international government publications.

Current efforts include training students to access free federal government mobile sites and apps. Hannon Library offers students, faculty and staff an iPad check-out program and since fall of 2012, instruction sessions teach students to use the iPads for immediate research among paper and electronic resources.

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