GPO Study of Regional Depositories — Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has posted a new (December 2008/transmitted January 6, 2009) study of its 51 regional library depositories (in 43 states; 33 (62%) of which are academic libraries, 14 (30%) of which are state libraries, and 4 (8%) of which are public libraries) in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), addressing — among other things — organizational, financial and technological conditions and recommending (to the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP), the joint committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that oversees the GPO):

1. Support continued appropriations for GPO’s initiative to create machine-readable bibliographic records for the tangible collection of pre-1976 depository publications to ensure its completion in a timelier manner.

2. Undertake a more in-depth look at the organizational, financial, and technological issues affecting the FDLP in its entirety, regionals and selectives alike, and analyze the results to develop recommendations for policy and/or statutory revision that will provide for effective operation of the FDLP in the 21st century; and

3. Continue to support GPO’s initiatives to authenticate the Government’s digital information dissemination products.

Hat tip to today’s Law Librarian Blog.