Peter I. Hajnal, editor
Increased access to information generated by international government organizations nongovernmental organizations and the growth in information technology have led to major changes in the way this information is disseminated, processed organized and used. This volume examines the information policies of these organizations. It bridges the divide between traditional and new media information emanating from international organizations. It should be useful for researchers, scholars, students, government officials, media personnel and information professionals.
Publications of international governmental organizations (IGOs) are among the most difficult documents for librarians to acquire, organize and use. This revised work examines the documentation, publications, and computerized information services of major IGOs, such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the League of Nations, the International development Research Center and the G-7. Special attention is given to the consequences of recent institutional restructuring. Organized into three sections, the book covers institutions, resources and processes. Chapters discuss the organizational and functional characteristics of IGOs, and examine IGO documentation in microform, electronic information, maps and other cartographic material, and archives. They also explore the role of the private sector and institutions outside IGOs in providing access to IGO information. Finally, the book focuses on the IGOs' role as publishers, issues of bibliographic control and collection development, cataloguing and classification, reference and information work, and citation styles.