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GPO’s Informational Sessions at the 2012 Meeting and Conference

The annual Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference (Meeting & Conference) allows the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to conduct informational and guidance sessions for the community. These sessions include overviews of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), instructions for GPO tools, previews up upcoming programs, and much more. This year, in addition to the FDLP Forecast Study sessions, programming included:

New Attendees Session

GPO staff kicked off their portion of the Meeting & Conference with the New Attendees session. This session is held at the onset of every Meeting & Conference to orient first timers to event logistics, the Depository Library Council, and what to expect. A brief overview of the FDLP and the regional/selective relationship were provided, and at the end of the session, there was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of GPO staff, regional librarians, and others in the community. Questions ranged from, “How do I find my regional?” to “Is what happened in Canada going to happen here?” The Canadian Depository Services Program going all-electronic sparked much discussion at this session.

LSCM Meet and Greet

Following the New Attendees Session was the Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) Meet and Greet, another staple at the Meeting & Conference. The Director of LSCM, Jane Sánchez, welcomed attendees and introduced many GPO staff members. The audience was able to mingle with staff, discuss important matters, and catch up with old acquaintances.

LSCM Update to the Depository Library Council

New LSCM Director Jane Sánchez, Library Technical Information Services Director Laurie Beyer Hall, and Collection Management & Preservation Director Robin Haun-Mohamed, shared information about the progress of the LSCM realignment to create more efficient workflows. LSCM directors provided updated information related to the LSCM current year budget, staffing levels, and plans for projects for the next fiscal year. Kelly Seifert, Lead Planning Specialist, announced the theme of the new promotional campaign: Government Information At Your Fingertips.

Collection Development

LSCM staffer, Kathy Bayer, presented a standing room only session on depository library collection development. Whatever size depository collection a library has and regardless of the types of formats preferred by patrons, each library performs depository collection development. It is vital as it helps to fulfill the purpose of the FDLP and increase the quality and appropriateness of the resources provided. Discussed were the broad concepts of identifying or planning for information needs, selection of appropriate resources, and maintenance and evaluation. Various concepts covered included strategies used to identify community Federal Government information needs, the foundation of a FDLP collection, and selected best practices.

FDLP.gov and Ben’s Guide Redesigns

LSCM’s Karen Sieger offered attendees a look at the latest iterations of the FDLP.gov and Ben’s Guide Web sites. Demonstrations of both sites were given, and new features were shown to the audience. Attendees were excited about the forthcoming Ben’s Guide, especially the games. FDLP.gov received favorable reviews as well; it was viewed as an improvement over the FDLP Desktop. The beta FDLP.gov was launched on November 30, and we welcome your comments and suggestions.

FDsys/DSIMS Information Table

In addition to the formal sessions, there was a table in the vendor room where GPO staff members provided instruction for and answered questions about GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and Depository Selection Information Management System (DSIMS), GPO’s new tool for managing item selections. Conference attendees could stop by the table at any time to see demonstrations and ask questions.