Storage of Electronic Files of Federal Agencies That Have Ceased Operation: A Partnership for Permanent Access Metadata

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  • Main Title Storage of Electronic Files of Federal Agencies That Have Ceased Operation: A Partnership for Permanent Access


  • Author: Hartman, Cathy Nelson
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: University of North Texas


  • Name: Elsevier Science Ltd.
    Place of Publication: [Amsterdam, Netherlands]


  • Creation: 2000


  • English


  • Content Description: Article on the storage of electronic files of Federal Agencies that have ceased operation and a partnership for permanent access.
  • Physical Description: 23 p.


  • Keyword: federal depository libraries
  • Keyword: government printing offices
  • Keyword: preservation


  • Journal: Government Information Quarterly, 2000, Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Ltd., pp. 299-307


  • Publication Title: Government Information Quarterly
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 3
  • Page Start: 299
  • Page End: 377
  • Peer Reviewed: True


  • Name: UNT Scholarly Works
    Code: UNTSW


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc181693


  • Academic Department: Libraries


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  • Display Note: Abstract: This article discusses preservation of federal agency's files. For more than a century, federal depository libraries and the Government Printing Office (GPO) have acted as partners to provide permanent access to government information in tangible media. These partnerships have evolved in the last few years. Built on a century of tradition, new partnerships offer permanent access to electronic files of federal agencies published in nontangible media. This article describes one partnership to store and provide access to the electronic files of agencies that have ceased operation. As 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.