MacDonald, B. H., Cossarini, D. M. & Wells, P. G. (2009). Understanding the Use and Influence of Publications of Intergovernmental Environmental Organizations: Evidence from an Analysis of Internal Sources. Eleventh International Conference on Grey Literature, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 14-15 December, 2009.
In the global village of the twenty-first century, intergovernmental organizations have significant roles in addressing world-wide problems. Continuing serious environmental degradation, found at the top of the list of major concerns, is drawing growing attention by such organizations. In seeking solutions, they produce thousands of publications in print and digital formats, many of which have policy implications. However, the methods by which the organizations’ publication, dissemination, and promotion practices increase awareness, access, and use of this grey literature are understudied. Elucidating these processes is needed to ensure that information has ample opportunities to enter decision making cycles. If policy makers are inefficient in their use of this growing body of grey literature, they may make decisions in an untimely manner, not act at all, or overlook risks that could or should be managed more effectively.