June 18, 2018

Save Government Information! | Peer to Peer Review

Today, access to born-digital federal government information is relatively easy. Most of it is even available for free. But there are few legal guarantees to ensure that the information published today will be available tomorrow. Now, the GPO Reform Act of 2018 about to be introduced in Congress, pitched as a modernization of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), will actually endanger long-term free public access to government information.

GPO Requests Recommendations to Update Federal Deposit Library Rules

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) director Davita Vance-Cooks has asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to recommend changes to Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, a request that has some members of the government information community concerned and others encouraged. Chapter 19 codifies GPO’s Federal Deposit Library Program (FDLP) into law, guaranteeing that the government will provide its information for free to the general public, and has not been significantly revised since the early 1990s.

Notable Government Documents 2011: Past as Prologue

The more things change, the more they remain the same—or do they? While history was brought to bear in numerous respects during the past year, some significant changes occurred on the government information landscape. That said, this year’s list of notable titles reflects an enduring interest in aspects of the past mirrored in current reality.

The Future of the FDLP: From Conversation to Confrontation

By Jim Jacobs and Melody Kelly Recent discussions about the state of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the responsibilities of regional depository libraries have morphed from a conversation into a politicized confrontation. Sadly, this threatens to negatively affect not just depository libraries but all libraries and users who rely on a robust FDLP […]

ACRL Adds Its Voice to Debate With GPO Over Federal Depository Library Program

The president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) sent a letter on November 2 to Public Printer William Boarman and Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish to express concern about recent decisions by the Government Printing Office (GPO) that have rejected new multi-state partnerships within the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Joyce L. […]

31 Regional Coordinators Protest FDLP Decisions

Thirty-one of the 47 regional coordinators at regional depository libraries around the country wrote a letter October 19 to the public printer at the Government Printing Office in Washington D.C. to protest recent decisions regarding the Federal Depository Library Program. In addition, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten member […]