Partnership Showcase - Meet GPO’s Newest Preservation Stewards

GPO is excited to introduce four new Preservation Stewards:

  • The University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library
  • Oklahoma State University, Edmon Low Library
  • The Queens Borough Public Library
  • The University of Rhode Island Libraries

The University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library is serving as a Preservation Steward for its collection of the U.S. Statutes at Large, v. 50 (1937) - v. 125 (2011). The Gallagher Law Library made the decision to select the U.S. Statutes at Large because as a core legal title, it fits squarely in with the library’s collection development policy.

Peggy Jarrett, Head of Collection Development, says “The Gallagher Law Library decided to become a Preservation Steward because we believe in cooperative collection development, and in anything cooperative, participation matters.” Peggy states that GPO staff were “informative, patient, and flexible” as the library developed the partnership. She also found the Preservation Steward community to be helpful, with Erik Beck at the Wise Law Library, University of Colorado, Boulder, helping to answer practical questions.

The Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library (OSU) is serving as Preservation Steward for publications from the Agricultural Research Service. OSU selected the Agricultural Research Service because the agency’s mission is closely aligned with OSU’s mission as Oklahoma’s land-grant university.

OSU decided to become a Preservation Steward because the library wants to contribute to GPO’s preservation efforts and make a contribution to the wider Federal depository library community. The responsibilities of a Preservation Steward also fit well with OSU’s role as a regional depository library.

The Queens Borough Public Library is the first public library to serve as a Preservation Steward. The library is preserving its collection of the Public Papers of the President and the Handbook of North American Indians.

The University of Rhode Island Libraries is serving as a Preservation Steward for their collection of materials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Deborah Mongeau, Chair of the Public Services Department, says the decision to select NOAA materials was an easy one. She states, “The University of Rhode Island's mission and mandate to conduct research on the oceans and ocean-related disciplines made the choice of preserving NOAA publications a very logical one. NOAA is also an integral part of the University's and Rhode Island's legacy. Our Congressional delegation at the time was instrumental in the creation of NOAA.” Additionally, the University was one of the first schools given Sea Grant University status and is the home of the National Sea Grant Library. Debbie says it is an honor and privilege to serve as Preservation Steward for the publications of an agency that has such deep roots in Rhode Island.

GPO thanks these libraries 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.

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