Depository Library Council’s First Virtual Meeting Was a Success

The Depository Library Council (DLC) held its first Virtual Meeting in December 2014. A total of 526 registrants participated in many of the 16 online programs held over three days from December 2 - 4.

DLC selected the theme of “Focusing on Service” for their inaugural online meeting. Designed to keep you thinking about your library patron needs, there were programs focusing on services at law libraries, tribal college libraries, libraries with collections in closed stacks or offsite storage, and libraries primarily providing access to electronic formats. Like all depositories, these libraries share the goal of providing services supporting the visibility and use of Federal depository resources. There were also updates from Library Services and Content Management on the LSCM Technology Plan and the National Plan for Access to Federal Government Information. In addition, there was an opportunity for review and discussion of the draft regional discards policy plan related to regional depository collections. All program descriptions are in the detailed Agenda.

The Meeting archive is now available via the FDLP Academy’s Events & Conferences Archive Site. Here, you’ll find the program recordings, handouts for each presentation, chat transcripts, and additional informational handouts.

The DLC serves as an advisory committee to the Director of GPO and the Superintendent of Documents. As part of the Council’s charge, they hold public meetings, during which they discuss topics relating to current FDLP activities and projects and the future of the FDLP. Based on feedback at their meetings and applying their individual expertise, they develop recommendations for GPO. Some of the topics that are being considered currently by the DLC are the following, discussed during the Council’s Virtual Meeting Wrap-Up:

  • Cataloging and intellectual access
  • Strategic direction of the FDLP: Program or network?
  • Draft regionals discard policy proposal
  • Developing and strengthening services for current and new participating libraries
  • Format availability analysis of Congressional and other publications

Numerous additional ideas were presented by Meeting attendees via chat, and the DLC and GPO staff are reviewing and discussing each of those ideas.

Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish; LSCM Directors Laurie Hall, Robin Haun-Mohamed, and Anthony Smith; and several other GPO staff actively participated in the Meeting and appreciated the significant participation by DLC and so many depository library staff. Since several questions were raised during the programs, not all could be addressed at the time. Responses to unaddressed chat and other questions are available in the Events & Conferences Archive Site under the Virtual Meeting Wrap-Up. Also, please note that a draft of the National Plan will be shared with the FDLP community in spring 2015. Please stay tuned to FDLP News and Events emails for the announcement about the Plan’s availability.

GPO hosted the DLC Meeting through its eLearning platform. GPO’s Kelly Seifert, Cindy Etkin, and Ashley Dahlen were instrumental in setting up and running the event for the DLC. Unfortunately, an unforeseen and unusual technical glitch impacted programming on the first afternoon. GPO and DLC appreciated everyone’s patience while we fixed the problem and continued with the Meeting. As a result, one of the Meeting programs, Onward and Upward: Enhancing Training Tools and Resources for the FDLP Community, has been rescheduled for January 12 as a live Webinar. Registration is open for anyone to attend the webinar.

One of the special programs was Designating Tribal College Libraries in the FDLP—A Discussion. Three tribal college library directors new to the FDLP emphasized its importance to their community and the value of the network of Government information specialists.

Mark Buckland at Sitting Bull College Library stated, “There is a lot of great Federal information out there that the Federal Government publishes and makes available all the time. It’s free. The key is finding it and the good information and that’s something the FDLP can help us to do.”

Valerie McBeth at Northwest Indian College shared that the FDLP is also a “win- win” and “Government information is ours. We have already paid for it. We should use it.”

Hannah Buckland at Lake Leech Tribal College Library summarized the value of the depository library network by stating that, “The FDLP isn’t just this opportunity to create access to resources, it’s also this catalyst for creating links between different libraries in different parts of the country that have different budgets and staffing numbers and resources and services and all of that, because we do our best work when we work together.”

Marie Concannon, Depository Library Council Chair and regional depository librarian at the University of Missouri Elmer Ellis Library, conducted the election for the 2015-2016 Council Chair. Congratulations to Hallie Pritchett (University of Georgia) who will be the incoming Chair of the Depository Library Council! Her term will begin on June 1, 2015.

Marie concluded the Meeting with a dynamic call to action for all depository library personnel:

  • Provide Government information service that aligns with your institution's broad, strategic goals.
  • Consider your library’s existing strengths, and build on them. Your administrators are looking for assets that distinguish your library from among its peers.
  • Think in terms of a service that has the power to attract donations to your library or institution.
  • Make sure your representatives in Congress know of the services you provide. If, for example, your Government Documents Department holds an event that makes it into the newspaper, send them the clipping. With strong Congressional support for the FDLP, we’ll be that much closer to meeting our goal of providing Government information for all.

Mary Alice Baish, in her closing remarks, echoed the importance of Government information specialists. “As I have always said, it is you, the knowledgeable and dedicated Government documents specialists who are at the heart of the Program. Your daily service to the American public is appreciated by all of us here at the U.S. Government Publishing Office.”

Many thanks to everyone who participated in and contributed to the December 2014 Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting. And thank you all for your support of continued free, public access to U.S. Government information through the FDLP.

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