Revised Handbook of Federal Librarianship Now Online

The newest edition of the Handbook of Federal Librarianship is now available on the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) web site.  The handbook is ongoing project of FEDLINK’s Education Working Group whose members are primarily federal librarians and others who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers.  More than 40 federal librarians volunteered and contributed to the latest edition.


This third edition is a complete revision and update of the previous edition and features sections on

  • Personnel and Hiring
  • Reference and Referral
  • Collections
  • Federal Depository Library Programs
  • Library Management
  • FEDLINK, and

The updated Resources Section features links to federal resources on a variety of topics including

  • Accessibility
  • Digitization and Preservation
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Maps & Plans
  • Medical Resources
  • Military Resources
  • Professional Reading
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Statistics and Datasets, and
  • Technology

To avoid duplicating information already available elsewhere, the FEDLINK working group identified a large body of existing resources and an extensive existing collection on this topic.  Therefore, this handbook only brief treatment of the main points of a topic with hypertext links to web sites for detailed coverage and references to print publications.  The final selection of the handbook has a comprehensive listing with hypertext links and bibliographic citations in the Resources chapter.


To suggest additions or changes to this handbook, please send an email to