Government goldmine: American Indian materials in government documents

Jennie M Burroughs, Colleen Major

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this article is to investigate government document collections to identify subject-related materials and offer suggestions for making those materials more evident to researchers. Design/methodology/approach - Using American Indian-related materials as a case study, the authors conducted a keyword and subject heading analysis of federal government publications from 1976 through 2006, quantifying the publication patterns of various agencies. The researchers used the data to gain a better understanding of the distribution of subject matter throughout the collection and to identify key series. Findings - The paper reveals that, in a traditional, Superintendent of Documents-classified, federal publications collection, materials with a common subject matter are produced by a wide variety of agencies. This dispersed production leads to disconnected pockets of relevant information, which creates more work for information seekers. Research limitations/implications - The case study analysis does not address materials produced prior to 1976 due to limited local cataloging. Future analyses could draw on catalogs with more extensive historical holdings. Practical implications - Libraries can consider several means of drawing users' attention to subject-related materials, including reclassifying collections, creating subject guides, and developing subject portals. Originality/value - The paper is useful for those working with separate government information collections who are looking for a methodical approach to identifying unexpected sources of relevant information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-55
Number of pages4
JournalCollection Building
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2008

Fingerprint

American Indian
information collection
source of information
Federal Government
methodology
Values

Keywords

  • Data collection
  • Government
  • Information media
  • Native Americans

Cite this

Government goldmine : American Indian materials in government documents. / Burroughs, Jennie M; Major, Colleen.

In: Collection Building, Vol. 27, No. 2, 02.05.2008, p. 52-55.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{3e08a3eb1e2648d191271365d70da2bd,
title = "Government goldmine: American Indian materials in government documents",
abstract = "Purpose - The purpose of this article is to investigate government document collections to identify subject-related materials and offer suggestions for making those materials more evident to researchers. Design/methodology/approach - Using American Indian-related materials as a case study, the authors conducted a keyword and subject heading analysis of federal government publications from 1976 through 2006, quantifying the publication patterns of various agencies. The researchers used the data to gain a better understanding of the distribution of subject matter throughout the collection and to identify key series. Findings - The paper reveals that, in a traditional, Superintendent of Documents-classified, federal publications collection, materials with a common subject matter are produced by a wide variety of agencies. This dispersed production leads to disconnected pockets of relevant information, which creates more work for information seekers. Research limitations/implications - The case study analysis does not address materials produced prior to 1976 due to limited local cataloging. Future analyses could draw on catalogs with more extensive historical holdings. Practical implications - Libraries can consider several means of drawing users' attention to subject-related materials, including reclassifying collections, creating subject guides, and developing subject portals. Originality/value - The paper is useful for those working with separate government information collections who are looking for a methodical approach to identifying unexpected sources of relevant information.",
keywords = "Data collection, Government, Information media, Native Americans",
author = "Burroughs, {Jennie M} and Colleen Major",
year = "2008",
month = "5",
day = "2",
doi = "10.1108/01604950810870191",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "27",
pages = "52--55",
journal = "Collection and Curation",
issn = "2514-9326",
publisher = "Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Government goldmine

T2 - American Indian materials in government documents

AU - Burroughs, Jennie M

AU - Major, Colleen

PY - 2008/5/2

Y1 - 2008/5/2

N2 - Purpose - The purpose of this article is to investigate government document collections to identify subject-related materials and offer suggestions for making those materials more evident to researchers. Design/methodology/approach - Using American Indian-related materials as a case study, the authors conducted a keyword and subject heading analysis of federal government publications from 1976 through 2006, quantifying the publication patterns of various agencies. The researchers used the data to gain a better understanding of the distribution of subject matter throughout the collection and to identify key series. Findings - The paper reveals that, in a traditional, Superintendent of Documents-classified, federal publications collection, materials with a common subject matter are produced by a wide variety of agencies. This dispersed production leads to disconnected pockets of relevant information, which creates more work for information seekers. Research limitations/implications - The case study analysis does not address materials produced prior to 1976 due to limited local cataloging. Future analyses could draw on catalogs with more extensive historical holdings. Practical implications - Libraries can consider several means of drawing users' attention to subject-related materials, including reclassifying collections, creating subject guides, and developing subject portals. Originality/value - The paper is useful for those working with separate government information collections who are looking for a methodical approach to identifying unexpected sources of relevant information.

AB - Purpose - The purpose of this article is to investigate government document collections to identify subject-related materials and offer suggestions for making those materials more evident to researchers. Design/methodology/approach - Using American Indian-related materials as a case study, the authors conducted a keyword and subject heading analysis of federal government publications from 1976 through 2006, quantifying the publication patterns of various agencies. The researchers used the data to gain a better understanding of the distribution of subject matter throughout the collection and to identify key series. Findings - The paper reveals that, in a traditional, Superintendent of Documents-classified, federal publications collection, materials with a common subject matter are produced by a wide variety of agencies. This dispersed production leads to disconnected pockets of relevant information, which creates more work for information seekers. Research limitations/implications - The case study analysis does not address materials produced prior to 1976 due to limited local cataloging. Future analyses could draw on catalogs with more extensive historical holdings. Practical implications - Libraries can consider several means of drawing users' attention to subject-related materials, including reclassifying collections, creating subject guides, and developing subject portals. Originality/value - The paper is useful for those working with separate government information collections who are looking for a methodical approach to identifying unexpected sources of relevant information.

KW - Data collection

KW - Government

KW - Information media

KW - Native Americans

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=42649140867&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=42649140867&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1108/01604950810870191

DO - 10.1108/01604950810870191

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:42649140867

VL - 27

SP - 52

EP - 55

JO - Collection and Curation

JF - Collection and Curation

SN - 2514-9326

IS - 2

ER -