The National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information: A Framework Document

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  • The National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information is a framework document for creating a user-centric service approach to permanent public access; it sets and supports the strategic direction of Library Services and Content Management (LSCM). The National Plan includes desired outcomes and actions to undertake to achieve them. And though the actions may be modified or changed over time, they all will help to fulfill the statutory mandates of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Cataloging and Indexing Program (C&I), while clearing a path for the digital age, and achieving our vision: “To provide Government information when and where it is needed.” This is Keeping America Informed in the digital age and ensuring an informed citizenry and an improved quality of life for them.

    The National Plan concepts were first shared with the Federal depository library community at the spring 2014 Depository Library Council (DLC) Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference. Since then, through various meeting presentations and the National Plan web page, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has kept the community informed as the National Plan was further developed and fine-tuned.

    The content of the National Plan has been communicated in various ways in hopes of providing a better understanding of how the components interrelate and of the approaches being used to achieve our vision. During the DLC Virtual Meeting held in December 2014, the desired outcomes and actions were categorized under one of three strategic priorities: Lifecycle Management, FDLP Governance, or Services. At the April 2015 DLC Virtual Meeting, the outcomes and actions were mapped to the guiding Principles of Government Information. Most recently at the October 2015 DLC Meeting and FDL Conference, to show progress in implementing the National Plan, the status of actions was conveyed as either In-progress, Doable, Possible, or Requires Change. Of the forty-six actions in the National Plan, 50% of them are in-progress, that is, LSCM is already working on the action or it is currently in the planning stages. There were several sessions during the October Meeting and Conference that included many of these actions, some of which can be found in the conference recordings archive, and others are reported in this edition of the FDLP Connection.

    While some actions are one-time activities, other actions are or have become part of LSCM ongoing operations. Examples of these include but are not limited to:

    • Encouraging collaboration and partnerships between depository libraries and with GPO
    • Cataloging pre-1976 publications
    • Providing more continuing education opportunities via the FDLP Academy
    • Expanding web harvesting activities
    • Supporting Government Information Online — Ask a Librarian (GIO)
    • Participating in Government activities relating to information lifecycle management, such as developing or revising guidelines and standards
    • Monitoring technological innovations and seeking better technological solutions

    The National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information will be posted on FDLP.gov soon. LSCM will continue to review the National Plan and make adjustments as projects are completed or changing circumstances warrant revising or adding new actions. The depository library community will be kept informed of the progress in implementing the actions and of any adjustments that are made to the framework document.

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