By the Numbers

Mary Alice Baish Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Update on FDLP Forecast Study—Thank you!

Let me begin by expressing our deep gratitude to everyone who has completed their FDLP Library Forecast and submitted it to the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). To date, we have received 543 completed FDLP Library Forecasts, which is a reflection of your strong commitment to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

An important reminder: if you have submitted your library’s questionnaire to your regional librarian and have not completed your library’s questionnaire through Survey Monkey, please submit your responses to GPO through Survey Monkey as soon as possible so that your library’s information and viewpoints will be counted in the results. It is important to our analysis that the voice of each individual library is heard.

Thanks to your support of this important study, we are making steady progress. I am delighted that 8 states have already submitted their FDLP State Forecasts and 2 states, their State Focused Action Plans. Our staff has been in close contact with many state groups, and we are impressed with the hard work you are putting into the state level reporting. The June 30 deadline for the FDLP Library and State Forecast questionnaires is fast approaching, and I encourage you to please find the time to participate in this important initiative. Your responses to the individual library and state forecasts will help shape the future direction of the FDLP and provide a roadmap to strengthen the Program, reflecting changes brought about by digital technologies. Historically, this is a one-time opportunity for every depository library to contribute its views.

Earlier this month, in consultation with the Depository Library Council (DLC), I announced an extension of the deadline for submission of the State Focused Action Plans after a number of state level groups requested additional time. The new deadline for the Action Plan is August 31. We hope that most states will be able to complete their Action Plan before the new deadline so that we can provide the greatest level of reporting back to the community during the Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference (Meeting & Conference), which will be held October 15-18, 2012.

For a more in-depth update on the project or to learn how GPO staff can assist your efforts, please read this month’s article, “FDLP Forecast Study Update and a Look at How GPO is Responding to Your Comments,” which provides information on how to register for the June 12 informational webinar about the FDLP Forecast Study.

2012 Federal Depository Libraries of the Year

I am delighted to announce that we have just opened the nomination process for the 2012 Federal Depository Libraries of the Year. We are very excited to be honoring 2 depository libraries this year: one regional and one selective! The awards will provide special recognition to libraries that have furthered the FDLP’s mission of ensuring the American public has free access to its Government's information in extraordinary ways. The nominations should demonstrate the library’s creativity and innovation. Examples of excellence include: detailing the development of specific community programs that highlight Federal Government information; new marketing techniques that result in a dramatic increase in the community's use of these valuable resources; or any other area of public service regarding Federal Government documents.

Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks will present the two awards during the Meeting & Conference on October 15, 2012.

A special request: please review the Library of the Year Selection Guidelines, complete the online nomination form for one or more depository libraries, and press submit. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 and an opportunity for two of our outstanding libraries to receive well-deserved recognition!

FDsys Training: An Overwhelming Success

We are very proud of the outstanding FDsys training Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) staff have provided our stakeholders, including the depository library community, since last November. Our hard-working team has taught over 50 classes on the use of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) for Congressional staff, Federal agencies, Federal depository libraries, and to GPO staff, including those who work through the night on the 2nd and 3rd shifts.

We have heard loud and clear that you want us to provide more educational training, and we have started by offering these very well-received FDsys training opportunities. I want to thank all of you who have participated in these sessions for your interest and very positive feedback. In response to your high demand for additional sessions, LSCM taught the FDsys webinar, “Navigating Federal Government Information Using FDsys,” for the third time this month and will be offering it again for a fourth time on June 12. Click here to register! Since the start of our FDsys webinars in April, we have been able to present FDsys virtual training session to about 1,400 depository library staff. In May, the team also presented specialized webinars hosted by 2 state groups, the South Carolina State Library and the Illinois Library Association. So as you can see, upon request, we will cheerfully tailor an FDsys webinar to meet your specific users’ needs. To request FDsys training, contact us by using askGPO. Select "FDsys" as the category and "FDsys Training" as the sub-category.

Celebration of the University of Missouri’s 150th Anniversary in the FDLP & Missouri Regional Conference

I would like to extend my deep gratitude to staff of the University of Missouri Libraries for planning such an exciting 150th Anniversary event at Ellis Library in Columbia on May 3, 2012. Special thanks go to Assistant Director Deb Ward, Government Documents Regional Coordinator Marie Concannon, and all the library staff for hosting such a memorable celebration. U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) was on hand to offer his congratulations, as were staff members from the offices of U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill. I had the wonderful honor of presenting Assistant Director Ward with a 150th Anniversary certificate and expressing GPO’s deep appreciation to the Missouri University Libraries for their outstanding service to the residents of Missouri.

University of Missouri System President Timothy M. Wolfe had a front row seat during the ceremony, and he was absolutely in awe of the magnificent show and tell by Marie Concannon as she pulled one historic Federal document after another, dating back to the early history of the state, out of a treasure chest. Marie read a carefully selected short passage from each document that demonstrated the value of its unique content. She kept the audience absolutely mesmerized. Congratulations again to the University of Missouri Libraries for their commitment for the past 150 years to helping “we the people” of Missouri connect with their Government.

The following day, I had the privilege of attending the Missouri Regional Conference held at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The day-long meeting attracted 80 (!) librarians from all over the state, and little wonder why. Katrina Stierholz, who hosted the event at the Federal Reserve Bank, and Barbara Rehkop at Washington University, deserve kudos for planning such a full day of excellent educational programs. They kindly had invited me to speak, and my remarks, titled, “Strength in Numbers: Engagement and Collaboration for a Vibrant FDLP of the Future,” focused on the FDLP Forecast Study and our efforts to develop more partnerships with Federal agencies and depository libraries. Many thanks to Marie, Katrina, and Barbara for making my two-day visit to Missouri so memorable, and to Katrina for somehow, during her very busy month of May, finding the time to contribute the very informative article “FRED: A Great Source for Economic Data” to this month’s issue.

Hello Goodbye

Many of you may be unaware that the terms of newly appointed members of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer begin each year on June 1. As we welcome our five new DLC members, we unfortunately have to bid a fond adieu to the five members whose three year term expires. GPO staff work closely with the DLC during the year through monthly conferences calls and email discussions. We get to know them, individually and collectively, very well, and they us. Goodbyes are never easy but, on the other hand, some folks like to say that once a member of Council, always a member of Council. I agree, especially as we approach our 80th DLC Meeting in October 2012 and celebrate this year’s 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Council.

On behalf of Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks and the entire staff of LSCM, we would like to recognize and thank the five members of the Class of 2009 for their excellent advice, commitment, and service to the depository library community: Chair James R. Jacobs, Jill A. Moriearty, Daniel P. O'Mahony, Ann Marie Sanders, and Camilla Tubbs. The DLC has been advising us all year on the State Forecast Project, and their comments during the development of the FDLP Library and State Forecast questionnaires were invaluable. Please note that the GPO’s Responses to the Fall 2011 Depository Library Council Recommendations is available now on the Desktop. Our sincere thanks to the Class of 2009!

We also are very grateful to the following new members of the Class of 2012 who will hit the ground running under the leadership of new DLC Chair, Shari Laster: Steve Beleu, Chris Brown, Marie Concannon, Rosemary LaSala, and Larry Romans. All of us at GPO welcome you to Council, and we look forward to working with you on the challenging issues regarding the future of the FDLP. Congratulations!

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