Library Trends 15 (1) Summer 1966: Federal, State and Local Government Publications


Library Trends 15 (1) Summer 1966: Federal, State and Local Government Publications. Edited by Thomas Shuler Shaw.

The only extant copy of the first known printed government document, written by Chen K’uel (1128-1203), was printed in 1210 and set forth the regulations and policies for government officials during the Sung Dynasty. This early date bears out the first part of the statement of Boyd and Rips that "Government publications... are among the oldest written records, and if measured by their influence on civilization, are probably the most important of all living records." To go to the other extreme, Alton P. Tisdel, a former U.S. Superintendent of Documents, declared that Government publications "have long been the terror of librarians and the despair of almost everyone who has attempted to make use of them." It is the hope of this Editor that when the reader has finished this issue of Library Trends he will have some mental reservations about the Tisdel quotation that materially alter its import, and will agree that documents do not need to be viewed with terror and despair.

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