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25th Annual Interagency Depository Seminar Wraps Up; What a Week!

From July 30 to August 3, 2012, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) hosted the 25th annual Interagency Depository Seminar at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The seminar focused on Federal Government agencies and their information products and services. GPO’s location in the heart of our nation’s capital and close proximity to Federal institutions afforded the opportunity to have speakers from various agencies give presentations, lead hands-on training sessions, and facilitate onsite tours just a short walk from GPO.

Interagency, sometimes referred to as a “boot camp” for Government information professionals, truly was a busy five days. Twenty-nine attendees participated in information-packed sessions led by experts from 10 different Federal entities. Highlights included:

  • Demonstrations of the many Web-accessible resources from the:
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • U.S. State Department
    • National Agricultural Library
    • National Library of Medicine
  • Hands-on searching and navigating strategies for resources from the:
    • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys)
  • An entire day—a workshop within a seminar—devoted to U.S. Census Bureau information
  • Informational sessions from GPO on:
    • DSIMS
    • FDLP.GOV and Ben’s Guide
    • The history of GPO
  • Tours of the U.S. Senate Library, the Library of Congress, and GPO

Interagency is not just about Federal information; it is also the perfect opportunity to meet others in the Government information field and establish professional and personal connections. Who knows when you may call upon someone that you met at Interagency to help with a reference question or a referral? The ability to match a face with a name is just one of the advantages of attendance.

This year saw a first: broadcasting of select Interagency sessions to depository staff in remote locations. Virtual participation for each of the nine broadcasts ranged from 30 to 68 attendees! The experience provided numerous takeaways and lessons learned for future FDLP events.

On behalf of GPO and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), we extend our thanks and gratitude to all who took the time out of their busy schedules to join us for this annual event, whether you were here at GPO headquarters or viewing from afar.