Department of Parliamentary Services Annual Report 2011-2012

Part 4 Parliamentary Library

Parliamentary Library overview 

Office of the Parliamentary Librarian

The Office of the Parliamentary Librarian comprises the Parliamentary Librarian, an Executive Assistant and the Director, Client Relations, who provides orientation and training services for Senators, Members, their staff and other parliamentary staff.

Research Branch

The Research Branch (RB) provides information, research and analytical services to Senators and Members and their staff, parliamentary committees and the parliamentary departments to support parliamentary or representational duties. Services are not provided to constituents or for commercial purposes.

The range of services provided includes individually commissioned information, research and advisory services for clients and research publications, including Bills Digests.

Information Access Branch

The Information Access Branch (IAB) develops and manages access to print and electronic resources. These resources include books, serials, information databases, electronic publications developed both within the department and acquired externally, off-air recordings, transcripts and related materials.

Access to services is also provided through the Parliamentary Library’s Central Enquiry Point and Ground Floor Reading Room (GFRR).

IAB staff select, acquire, catalogue, index and provide access to collection material. They are also responsible for publishing for DPS.