Difficulties of Government Documents James Childs Gilbert Mudge award (1971)


  • Documentation Research and Training Centre, Bangalore, 3, India


The minimum necessary technical terminology is first given. The prolific nature and the importance of Government documents, the disculty of procuring them, and the poor quality of their catalogues produced by Government publishers, are discussed. The contribution of James Childs to these problems is described; and the citation with which the Mudge Award of 1971 was presented to him is reproduced. The difficulties met with since 1941 in improving the production and cataloguing of the Government documents in India are described. After giving the necessary normative principles, the essential cataloguing rules needed in the cataloguing of Government documents are given.

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