Official publications cover a wide spectrum of subject material and are a valuable source of information. This book looks at the different bodies which publish official material, describing the types of material published, how it is made available, how it is recorded etc. It focuses on the digital availability of official information and considers how much is now freely available on the web and how to locate it as well as addressing the issues of web only publishing. It covers public bodies in the UK, and includes publications issued by central and local government as well as the devolved assemblies and the many other organisations which issue official publications. It is a practical handbook designed for the non-specialist librarian who needs to use official information but may well have received very little training in this area.
Jane and Howard have so much experience with official publishing that it was high time they wrote it down for the rest of us. This book will be an invaluable addition to the shelves of anyone who needs help tracking down and using official publications., Andrew Coburn, Chairman SCOOP
I would definitely recommend this book as a useful tool for the generic Reference Librarian and specialist alike., Refer
This book could hardly be more thorough and detailed., CILIP Update
The digital environment; Definitions and why official information is published; Parliament at Westminster; Devolved Parliament and assemblies and regional government; Central Government departments at Westminster; Other public bodies including the National Health Service and Police; Local Government including the Fire Service; Statistics; The future of access to official information.