Free Government e-Resources for Youth
Inform, Inspire, and Activate
by Dorothy Ormes
August 2016, 146pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4131-6
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Discover how free government documents can support the education of young learners and provide rich resources appropriate for library programs and displays.

Specifically focusing on the resources on federal government available online, this book supports the education of young citizens and supplies directions for conducting programs for youth on the government.

Government documents offer a wealth of useful information that is often ignored or misinterpreted—even by librarians. And while improved search engines have improved access to online documents in recent years, patrons—especially young people—typically need help navigating and understanding the sites. Free Government e-Resources for Youth helps librarians promote online government information to youth and to assist youth in using it to become informed and educated about our federal government and how it works.

Author Dorothy Ormes—a Federal Depository Library Program librarian at the university level—has created a guide to government resources that public and school librarians can use to support the education of young citizens. The book covers various areas of K–12 curriculum, highlighting activities and lesson plans based on national and state standards, and gives helpful directions for creating displays and conducting programs for youth on the government. The book also provides a brief explanation of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and describes how a public library can work with FDLP librarians or take advantage of an unprecedented opportunity to join the FDLP as active participants and benefit the community.


  • Introduces librarians to a vast range of no-cost resources that can be added to their services repertoire, including reference, programming, and displays
  • Helps librarians educate young citizens about their government and how it works
  • Supports teachers and homeschoolers in K–12 education with a breadth of government resources applicable to a variety of subject matter that is linked to national standards
Dorothy Ormes, MLS, MEd, is associate professor and government information/instruction librarian at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR. She has authored several articles on teaching using government information resources. Ormes has presented at the Federal Depository Library Conference on three different occasions and was invited to present at the Arkansas Library Association Conference in 2013. She is past chair of the Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR) and has participated on the ALA Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) Education Committee. She is also an accomplished storyteller who has told stories in schools, libraries, and other venues for 25 years. In 2009, as Federal Depository coordinator at New Mexico State University, Dorothy produced a storytelling event for an ALA/NEH-sponsored "Soul of the People" Great Depression Road Show presentation, "Slaves, Sidekicks and Healers: Women's Stories Collected by the WPA" in Las Cruces, NM, highlighting oral histories from the Library of Congress American Memory Project.


"The entirety of the book can be used by librarians helping youth, and the vast majority of the book can be used independently by youth who want to research on their own. In the age of cutbacks and limited funding for education, books like Free Government e-Resources for Youth can be quite handy for librarians and researchers alike."—VOYA, December 6, 2016

"Free Government e-Resources for Youth: Inform, Inspire, and Activate offers an avenue for librarians to teach youth about the basics of democracy and how government works. . . . Ormes [offers] a thorough primer on available online resources and takes a lot of the guesswork out of where to start looking for educational materials related to government information. Free Government e-Resources for Youth serves as a convenient handbook that is easy to mine for ideas and to put into use as needed."—The Library Quarterly, October 26, 2017
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