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Meet GPO’s Newest Preservation Stewards: The William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School, the Indiana State Library, and the Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is excited to introduce three new Preservation Stewards:

  • William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School
  • Indiana State Library
  • Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School is serving as a Preservation Steward for several important titles.

  • Federal Register (1936-current)
  • U.S. Reports (1830-current)
  • Statutes at Large (Vol. 21-125)
  • U.S. Code (1928-2011)
  • Revised Statutes of the United States (1873-1901)
  • Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789
  • Indian Affairs. Laws and Treaties. (Kappler’s)

Erik Beck, Digital Services Librarian, says the Wise Law Library “decided the Preservation Stewards program was right for us because we didn’t have to change that much about our collection practices and policies.”

“We were already committed to keeping the Federal Register, US Reports, Statutes at Large, US Code, and Indian Affairs – Laws and Treaties in print,” Beck continued. “We have room to grow those collections. We weren’t circulating them.”

Like many depository libraries, the Wise Law Library’s collections are not complete. However, gaps in a collection are not an impediment to serving as a Preservation Steward. Libraries agree to preserve the publications currently in their collections.

“Basically, we were already doing the work of print preservation; it made sense to take on the responsibility of stewardship,” Beck explained. “Joining this program communicates to our peers that the Wise Law Library is dedicated to rigorous collection management and that we value the FDLP and are willing to invest in it.”

If a Preservation Steward wishes to fill gaps in their Preservation Steward collection, GPO will assist by covering the shipping costs from a discarding depository to the Preservation Steward. Consider helping Preservation Stewards fill in gaps in their collections when you are discarding publications from your depository collection. Contact GPO’s Partnership Team with questions or to discuss your collection.

The Indiana State Library (ISL) is serving as Preservation Steward for the Official gazette of the United States Patent Office (1872-1965). Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Official Gazette lists all the inventions patented in the United States, trademarks registered, and list of pending applications. Brent Abercrombie, the Federal Documents Coordinator, states “the preservation of Government information is extremely important to the Indiana State Library, and the library was anxious to partner with GPO to become a Preservation Steward.”

At ISL, the decision to select the Official Gazette was based primarily on the quality of the volumes – all of which are in good condition. Additionally, ISL has a complete run of the title and houses the material in a closed stacks vault. Access to issues of the gazette are also available through the library’s microfilm collection.

While more recent years of the gazette (1964-2017) are available electronically from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Abercrombie noted the importance of preserving the older issues.

Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is serving as a Preservation Steward for Merchant Marine related publications. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is the first Federal service academy to take on Preservation Steward responsibilities.

While the Bland Memorial Library’s inventory of its Merchant Marine related Federal publications is ongoing, here are a couple of highlights of the type of publications in their Preservation Steward collection.

  • Report of the Merchant Marine Commission: together with the testimony taken at the hearings (1905)
  • Merchant Marine of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, House of Representatives, Eighty-Sixth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 5383 to amend section 216 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, to clarify the status of the faculty and administrative staff of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, to establish suitable personnel policies for such personnel, and for other purposes, H.R. 499 and H.R. 6917 to establish and maintain the United States Maritime Service as a uniformed service, February 16, 17, and 18, 1960. (1960)

Jan Edmiston, Technical Services Librarian, says the Bland Memorial Library feels “this partnership is critical to us because of the support we receive from GPO with cataloging and classifying our Merchant Marine-related Government documents which constitute some of the most important resources documenting our Maritime heritage. In fulfilling our responsibilities in this partnership, we believe it is a privilege to select those materials which are most significant to preserving the story of our Merchant Marine and their little-known contributions in our Nation’s defense.”

GPO thanks the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School, the Indiana State Library, and the Schuyler Otis Bland Memorial Library, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for taking on the important role of Preservation Steward. Consider joining these libraries and serving as a Preservation Steward for part or all of your depository collection. Learn more, and contact our partnership team with questions.

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