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My talk today is specifically related to merging government publications department with reference services at San Jose State. Two compelling factors caused the merger. The first was a report from the university administration for all units, including academic ones, to streamline their operations. The second was the announced merger of the university library with the public library of San Jose. My talk will focus on the joining of the two libraries and give the background that led up to this merger, and then talk about what has happened to government publications. Finally, I have added a bibliography on merged government publications services for your information.


Presented at the Fall Depository Library Council Meeting (2003) in Arlington, VA.