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Meet GPO’s Newest Preservation Stewards

GPO is excited to introduce four new Preservation Stewards:

  • The University of Minnesota Libraries
  • University of Maine, Garbrecht Law Library
  • St. John’s University School of Law, Rittenberg Law Library
  • The State Law Library of Mississippi

The University of Minnesota Libraries is serving as a Preservation Steward for its collection of the United States Serial Set. Alicia Kubas, Government Publications and Regional Depository Librarian, states the university decided to become a Preservation Steward because preservation of the tangible collection supports the 70 selective depositories served by the University of Minnesota Libraries. Additionally, the library already includes Government information in their conservation and binding programs. The library is currently conducting a condition assessment on their Serial Set collection.

The University of Maine, Garbrecht Law Library is serving as Preservation Steward for the United States Reports. The library’s inventory is available on FDLP.gov. Serving as a Preservation Steward matches one of the fundamental purposes of the library which is to preserve information for future generations. As Maureen Quinlan, Reference/Government Documents Law Librarian, explains, “this is especially true when it is the information (cases, statutes, regulations) that citizens must abide by in a society governed by the rule of law.”

The St. John’s University School of Law, Rittenberg Law Library is serving as a Preservation Steward for their Congressional material (SuDoc classes Y 4.AG 4: through Y 4.W 36:) from the 100th to the 103rd Congresses. The library selected this material to preserve because a recent retrospective conversion of historic U.S. Government publications indicated this collection was completely cataloged and available through the library’s online catalog. Rosemary LaSala, Reference/Government Collections Librarian, noted the importance of law libraries serving as Preservation Stewards. “Law libraries have always been, and will always continue to be, an integral part of the FDLP,” she said. “And law libraries must continue as partners in this venture to ensure that this material will be available to future researchers.”

The State Law Library of Mississippi is serving as a Preservation Steward for several titles, the United States Reports, the Statutes at Large, and the Public Papers of the Presidents. The library made the decision to become a Preservation Steward for several reasons including their desire to preserve the historical record, according to Stephen Parks, the State Librarian. The program is an excellent way to extend the library’s preservation efforts to Federal legal materials. As a proponent of free access, Stephen wants to be sure the library’s community will have free and ongoing access to tangible materials for their research. Additionally, the State Law Library selected the United States Reports and Statutes at Large because it holds complete collections of both titles.

GPO thanks the University of Minnesota Libraries, the University of Maine, Garbrecht Law Library, the St. John’s University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library, and the State Law Library of Mississippi 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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