NC Government publications named in ALA’s Notable Documents for 2019

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Each spring the Government Documents Roundtable of the American Library Association (ALA) names a selection of government publications from the previous year as being Notable Government Documents. Published in the May issue of Library Journal, this year’s list contains four titles from North Carolina government agencies. 

How are the Notable Documents selected? 

There are three categories of government documents considered: International, Federal, and State or Local. Librarians submit nominations to ALA and the Government Document’s Roundtable for each category. The only major requirement is that the publications must be from a government agency. Then a selection committee made up of government documents librarians from universities around the US, pick the documents they deem significant and noteworthy. For 2019, the committee selected fifteen State or Local Government publications. Of the fifteen selected, four are from North Carolina! Find the whole list on the Library Journal website

North Carolina’s Notable Documents for 2019 

The items published by North Carolina state government agencies cover a wide range of topics—from the criminal justice system to coastal fauna and interior design to a children’s board book celebrating African American culture and history. Here’s some more information on each. 

Study of the Most Effective Setting for Housing and Treatment of DWI Offenders 

This digital report,  from the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, examines the lack of programming and treatment for incarcerated DWI offenders in North Carolina. From Library Journal, “this study examines the shortcomings in the sentencing and imprisonment system and makes some recommendations for better management...” 

Cover of the Study of the most effective setting for housing and treatment of DWI offenders. Published by North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission.

Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas 

Paul Hosier, UNC Wilmington professor emeritus of botany, wrote this book in association with North Carolina Sea Grant. An update to a widely-used 1970 book by the same name, Library Journal described it as “a richly illustrated companion to North Carolina’s coastal fauna. Over 200 plants are featured. ... a comprehensive resource for plant enthusiasts.”

 Book cover of Seacoast Plants of the Carolinas: A New Guide for Plant Identification and use in the Coastal Landscape by Paul E. Hosier. Published by UNC Press in association with North Carolina Sea Grant.

Grand Illusions: Historic Decorative Interior Painting in North Carolina 

Written by Laura A. W. Phillips and offered by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, this oversized book represents decades of research on decorative interior painting found on the walls of North Carolina homes in the 19th century. Library Journal comments included, “well-illustrated resource details the wide range of styles and techniques used in the interior decorations of North Carolina’s historic buildings. ... Extensive text commentary that includes biographical details of the artists.” 

Grand Illusions: Historic Decorative Interior Painting in North Carolina

My N.C. from A to Z 

My N.C. from A to Z differs from most other Notable Documents in that it is a children’s board book. Each letter stands for a significant person, place, or event for African American progress in NC.  Library Journal said, “This book will inspire young people to explore more about North Carolina’s history and African American history in general.” Written by Michelle Lanier and illustrated by Dare Coulter, it is published by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

Book cover of My N.C. from A to Z by Michelle Lanier with illustrations by Dare Coulter. Published by the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and N.C. Office of Archives and History and, distributed by UNC Press.

Access these titles 

Read these notable documents today! The digital publication is available via the North Carolina Digital Collections in the North Carolina State Government Publications collection. While copies of the print titles are available in the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library’s collection, you can also purchase a copy via UNC Press.  We hope you enjoy these publications as much as ALA and the Government Documents Roundtable did! 




Denise Jones, State Publications Clearinghouse Liaison