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Official logo of "DttP: Documents to the People," the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Official logo of "DttP: Documents to the People," the official publication of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association (ALA).

Documents to the People

The digital archive of the journal DttP: Documents to the People has been created in partnership between the Stanford University Libraries and the American Library Association, Government Documents Round Table (ALA/GODORT). The collection includes 138 issues of the journal published between 1972 and 2002. The collection is based on the print holdings of the Stanford University Libraries (supplemented, in the case of missing issues, by contributions from the private collections).

Early issues of DttP had the look and feel of a newsletter. The journal documents the organizational history of the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association. However, in a broader sense the collection documents the emergence of the government documents specialization within the field of librarianship as a profession. Individual issues include a range of topics, including articles covering the scope of official publishing by state and local governments, as well as by international government agencies.

The most significant and substantial aspect of the overall collection is its coverage of the information dissemination policies and practices of US government agencies. This journal documents in vivid terms the transition from a print environment to a digital-publishing environment. The contributions focus on barriers to citizens' access to public information in the US. Examples include publishing the series "Less Access to Information By and About the U.S. Government," an American Library Association Washington Office publication produced twice yearly between 1981 and 1998, many issues of which were printed in the pages of DttP.