FDLP Virtual Conference: “Expanding the Forecast Framework: Engage & Discuss”

In December 2013, Library Services & Content Management (LSCM) hosted the virtual conference, “Expanding the Forecast Framework: Engage & Discuss.” This event took place between December 3-5 and December 10-12, 2013.

This participatory conference featured focused discussions facilitated by members of the Depository Library Council that had been planned for the October 2013 DLC Meeting and FDL Conference that was postponed due to the Government shutdown. Members of the Federal depository library community were encouraged to share thoughts on topics related to the future of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

Topics of discussion at the event included:

  • Depository library collaboration
  • Building a National Bibliography
  • Increasing Federal depository library relevance
  • Resolving barriers to digital access
  • Promoting the FDLP
  • Microfiche distribution

Virtual attendees also participated in additional programs such as:

  • Welcoming remarks from Mary Alice Baish, Superintendent of Documents
  • Library Services and Content Management Update by Jane Sánchez, Director, LSCM
  • Overview of the FDLP Forecast Study Summary, Methodology, and Analysis
  • GPO’s Next Generation Federal Digital System
  • Overview of library services during the Government shutdown
  • Digitization guidelines and specifications

This event was an opportunity for the FDLP community to become actively involved in the continued dialogue about the future of the FDLP. What made this conference unique was the opportunity for continued feedback and engagement, even after the event was over. For those who could not attend the virtual sessions, or who have more thoughts to share, it’s still not too late to “Engage & Discuss.” LSCM invites everyone to participate in ongoing discussions about the various programs from the conference.

View the program recording(s), and then use the “Contribute” button at the bottom of the screen to post any comments or pose questions. You also can respond to the comments of others. If you did not attend virtual sessions, you will be prompted to register in order to post a contribution to the site.

Three hundred and ninety-nine individuals registered for this two-week event, and there was an average of 157 attendees each day. Participants from all but three states attended the conference.

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