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This journal article looks at digital collecting of public policy resources such as reports, discussion papers, evaluations and datasets (also known as grey literature) which is still very low in Australia and as a result users find it difficult and time consuming to access the research resources they need.

Does your organisation PRODUCE or COLLECT policy reports and papers?

We need to hear from you!

While knowledge of how people use evidence for policy making has grown in the last few years, little is known about its production and to what extent it is collected and managed.

In a follow up to our survey of users, the Grey Literature Strategies Research Project is now running a survey of organisations that produce research and information for policy and practice – academic centres, government departments and agencies, NGOs, consultants etc. And a survey of collection and information services – government and special libraries, clearing houses, repositories, research libraries etc.

We only need one survey completed per organisation, department or service and the findings will help immensely as we try to find ways to improve the value and access of grey literature for public policy. And you can go in the running to win a $50 gift voucher!
Click here to do the survey of producing organisations
Click here to do the survey of collections and information services

The goal of this project is to develop an open source repository of good practices in the field of grey literature.

Do you use government reports, academic working papers, discussion papers, etc for your work? If so we'd love to hear from you so we can find ways to improve their access and use - and save you time and effort. 

Click here to fill out the survey now - It will take about 15 mins

You also have the chance to win one of 4 x $50 gift vouchers!!

Survey closes 16 August 2013

No longer are publishers the primary conduit through which content must pass before it is disseminated to the world. This is a radically new paradigm and despite our best efforts, libraries (and many other related institutions) have not been able to keep pace with the impact this shift has had on collection development and long term access.

This article by Amanda Lawrence was recently published in the Australian Library and Information Management Association's Incite Magazine, Vol 34 Issue1/2 (Jan/Feb 2013)

ALIA and the Information Online Program Committee would like to invite you to ALIA Information Online 2013. The conference and exhibition will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 12 February to Friday 15 February 2013.

The GLS project will be presenting a paper and a workshop on grey literature covering current issues and strategies for the future at the Information Online conference in Brisbane, 12 - 15 February 2013

This conference will explore the opportunities for increased access to knowledge and research communication as well as the challenges presented in producing, disseminating, evaluating, collecting and accessing policy grey literature.