ACCESSING GEOSCIENCE INFORMATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
This study examined access to geoscience information from federal and state agencies, including both print and digital products. Among the questions asked were: whether online catalogs and cataloging records provide enough information to allow users to find needed information, whether standard Internet search engines can locate data, publications and maps on agency web sites, whether bibliographic information on agency web sites can be searched with Internet search engines, whether the digital information can be located using publication databases, such as GeoRef and the National Geologic Map Index. All of these factors must be considered when providing reference service, instructing library users and developing library collections. Finally, suggestions on how government agencies and libraries might remedy these problems are provided.