Posted by: Kurt Brenneman | August 23, 2010

The North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse: Collecting State Agency Publications

Nestled in the State Library building in downtown Raleigh, and part of the Government & Heritage Library, the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse is responsible for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of North Carolina state agency publications.

A “state agency publication” is any report, statistical compendium, bibliography, map, newsletter, regulation, pamphlet, brochure, periodical, bulletin, compilation, or register — in paper or digital format — that is prepared by a state agency or private organization under contract with or under the supervision of a state agency.

Crucially, a publication exists for an audience outside the agency. This audience can be as wide as the entire population of North Carolina, or as narrow as licensed refrigeration examiners. It can be another part of North Carolina state government. For example, many agencies publish reports for the North Carolina General Assembly.

The Clearinghouse collects these publications from every state agency. It receives printed publications via courier and mail daily. Digital publications stream in to

Venomous Snakes of North Carolina - A North Carolina State Agency Publication

Passed in 1987, G.S. 125-11 established for the first time in North Carolina an orderly system for the distribution of state agency publications through the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse to designated depository libraries. The system, combined with the services of the State Library and those of the depository libraries, enables citizens from all areas of North Carolina to have timely and easy access to the valuable current and historical publications of their state government. With increased digital publishing of state publications, the State Publications Clearinghouse added the collection of digital publications, enabling easy access with the online North Carolina State Publications Collection.

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