Cossarini, D. M. (2010). Marine Environmental Grey Literature: A Case Study of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. (Unpublished MLIS thesis). Halifax, Nova Scotia: Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University. 208 p.
This thesis is a case study of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC), an intergovernmental organization with a complex governance arrangement guiding its grey literature publication practices. To gain further understanding of the use of GOMC grey publications and their influence on public policy, in-depth interviews were conducted with 19 key GOMC Working Group Members. Barriers and enablers to production, distribution, and use of GOMC’s publications were identified and contributed to an increased understanding of publishing in the grey genre. Insights about GOMC’s publication practices, including the fragmented nature of the production process, the diverse methods of distribution of publications, and Members’ understanding of the use of publications, are addressed by this thesis. Conclusions regarding how Working Group Members perceive the grey publishing genre are provided, including the observation that publishing in the grey genre is not a matter of concern when promoting awareness of publications.