Government information is available on almost every topic. The University of Mary Washington is a depository for both federal and Virginia government documents. Besides paper, documents are available in a variety of formats -- online, CD-ROMS, microfiche, videos, maps, and discs. Most documents owned by the UMW Libraries can be located using the UMW Libraries' Catalog. Information about UMW depository selection and maintenance is available in the Government Documents Collection Development Policy Federal Depository #0633.
As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the UMW Libraries are expected to provide free and current access to the FDLP electronic collection and the GPO Access databases. See our Public Access Policy for Government Information. Government resources links provide access to government information by branch of government, agency, and subject. Please ask at the Simpson Library Information Desk if you need assistance or use one of the Search Tools to locate materials.
To mark this special occasion we held a full day of events on March 10, 2016. Enjoy photographs of the celebration, come by and see the exhibits, watch the keynote speech by Dr. Heather Ryan “The Long View of Librarianship and Government Information” while you follow along with the slide presentation.
EXHIBITS will be on display through Constitution Day, September 17, 2016. Three exhibits found in Simpson Library's 1st floor lobby showcase the diversity, depth and breadth of our Government Document Collection. "The Many Faces of Government Information" offers a multitude of formats. "75 Years of Government Documents in UMW Libraries" highlights works from each of the eight decades that UMW has been participating in FDLP. "American Library Association Notable Government Documents 2010-2014" presents government publications that have been identified by the profession as documents of distinction and "works of superlative nature."
The exhibit located on the 2nd floor of Simpson Library outside of Special Collections and Archives covers the history of UMW Libraries relationship with FDLP through documents and photographs. Digital exhibits are available on the kiosks in the Convergence Gallery.
Dr. Heather Ryan delivered the keynote “The Long View of Librarianship and Government Information”. An assistant professor at University of Denver’s LIS program, Dr. Ryan teaches and conducts research on digital preservation, archives, and data management. A member of The Long Now Foundation longnow.org/ since 2007, she advises on the Manual for Civilization project. Enjoy the video and slide of her presentation: