Submit Your Comments on the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) just released the second edition of its monthly newsletter, the FDLP Connection. This informative update includes a description of plans for the Fall Federal Depository Library Conference & Depository Library Council Meeting, which will take place in Arlington, Virginia from October 17-20. The meeting will include a session on October 20, “Creating Our Shared Vision: Roles and Opportunities in the FDLP,” focusing on “sharing ideas on roles and models for depository libraries; changes in information policy and their effect on libraries; and a reaffirmation of the depository library community’s commitment to ensuring the public has free access to Federal information.”

As we wrote in AALL’s Washington E-Bulletin, GPO is soliciting your comments on the future of the FDLP, which will help shape the October 20 session. Comments are due by September 16.

After you submit your comments, we encourage you to read the FDLP Connection in its entirety. The newsletter is a great new resource for depository libraries and anyone interested in what GPO and libraries in their communities are doing to promote access to government information. As Kevin McClure, Research Librarian at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library and author of the fantastic Gov Docs Guy blog, said, “There’s a lot of good stuff in this issue that I didn’t know, like how David Cismowski persuaded Downey City Library to stay in the FDLP and transition to an all-digital depository, and how they’re going about it.” Read the latest issue here.

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