The impact of electronic access to government information: What users and documents specialists think

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This article discusses the results of a survey designed to assess the current state of electronic access to government information from both the specialist and the user viewpoint. The first survey, designed to determine the government documents staffs' level of commitment to and opinions of electronic access to government information, was distributed in electronic format to subscribers of GOVDOC-L, a listserv for specialists dealing with government documents. The second survey, designed to provide insight into the user's point of view, was conducted at the University of Illinois Documents Library. This article synthesizes earlier studies and articles on the topic to show that while the consensus is that electronic access represents a positive, beneficial move toward providing access to government information to a wider audience, there is also an acknowledgment that there are many inherent problems that have not been addressed adequately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-185
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Government Information
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Electronic government information
  • Government information access
  • Internet
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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