Guam – The Government Documents Collection at the University of Guam’s RFK Memorial Library is a one of 1300 depository libraries nationally that collects government publications from the Government Printing Office (GPO) in Washington, D.C.
[Caption: A UOG students uses Documents without Shelves to search for information for a class project.]
The UOG Library receives 51% of what is generated from the GPO. To augment the GPO initiative to migrate to digital format, the UOG Library has recently subscribed to a new service titled Documents without Shelves, which uploads library records with live links to the actual documents right into the UOG catalog system OCEAN.
This program, Documents without Shelves, provides a tremendous amount of information from the U.S. Government Printing Office to online users,” said Suzanne T. Bell, associate professor at the RFK Memorial Library.
The University of Guam collects materials to support its programs and usually receives about 2,000 to 3,000 documents per year. Thanks to Documents without Shelves, that number has expanded dramatically to include approximately 1,500 new digital materials per month.
“The trend shows a migration toward electronic documents,” said Bell. “We have set up additional computers so that students can access the materials in the library as well as off campus from the UOG Library Webpage www.uog.edu/library via our Online catalog OCEAN . “Basically, students can find relevant information to support their research on just about any subject they can think of.”
Examples of full text materials retrieved from Documents without Shelves include:
1.(Search) CELL PHONES – (Results) Tumors and Cell Phones Use: What the Science Says. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform House of Representatives, 110th Congress.
2.(Search) POVERTY (Results) – Poverty Determination in U.S. Insular Areas
3 (Search) HUMAN TRAFFICKING (Results) Human Trafficking: Recent Trends, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, 111th Congress.