2011 Meeting & Conference: Federal Agency Wrap-up

As the creators and providers of content that is distributed and disseminated through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the importance of agencies to depository libraries and the FDLP is understood. As providers of access and services to Federal Government information resources, it is crucial that depository library staff is knowledgeable about agency information products and publication policies and practices.

To this end, Federal agencies have participated in the Federal Depository Library Conference since it inaugural meeting in 1991. Over the last 20 years, agencies have showcased new titles, Web applications, and programs; announced changes in their information products; conducted training in the use of their publications and tools; and sought the expertise of depository librarians when developing new services and tools. The line-up at this year’s event was no exception:

Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC)
AOUSC demonstrated the newest collection in FDsys, US Courts Opinions, and sought feedback and took questions on the collection’s interface, search and retrieval options, and content. In a second session, the AOUSC described the new PACER: Access and Education Program and solicited Program participants from attendees.

Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service (CES)
Attendees at this interactive session learned about the 100-year history of the CES and how it led Land Grant institutions to the public. They were shown how to access the CES’s national network of educational resources that help address issues facing urban and rural areas.

Department of Interior’s United States Geological Survey (USGS)
USGS online geographic information system resources and their use were the focus of this session. The National Map and geospatial datasets were highlighted.

Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Transportation Library (NTL)
This session focused on statistical and safety-related electronic resources available from the DOT and NTL that are of use to the general public as well as the specialized researcher.

Library of Congress’ Office of Strategic Initiatives (with the California Digital Library)
The 2008 “End of Term Harvest Archive” was demonstrated and information about how subject specialists can contribute to the 2012 End of Term collection was shared.

National Archives & Records Administration’s Office of the Federal Register (OFR)
A three hour detailed tutorial of the Federal Register system and the public’s role in the development of regulations was presented. The Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register publications, and the Federal regulatory process were all covered.

GPO extends a big thank you to all the agencies that participated in the 2011 Depository Library Council Meeting & Federal Depository Library Conference. In a time of uncertain budgets, GPO is very appreciative of the willingness of employees to take time out of their already busy schedules to develop presentations and to travel to share their knowledge of their agency’s information products and programs with depository library staff and other conference attendees.

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