Survey to Identify Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper or Other Tangible Format

GPO surveyed the Federal depository community for potential additions to the Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper Format between August 29 and October 10, 2003. To respond to this survey, depository libraries completed a Web form that allowed them to recommend up to three titles for potential addition to the Essential Titles list. Libraries were allowed to submit the form multiple times, thereby submitting as many titles as they wished.

A total of 108 out of 1,270 Federal depositories responded to that survey, a response rate of 8.5%. A number of the titles recommended were already on the Essential Titles list, and these are annotated with "already Essential Title" in the "Notes" column. A number of titles were added to the Essential Titles list prior to the 2005 survey, and these have been annotated with "added to Essential Titles" in the "Notes" column. A number of the titles recommended have been discontinued by the publishing agency or are no longer produced in paper. These have been annotated in the “Notes” column as well.

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Welcome to the FDLP!

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GPO welcomes Lake Pleasant Public Library, which is located amongst the Adirondack Mountains, as a new member of the FDLP. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) designated the library and it is the only depository library in Hamilton County in northern NY.

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At Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Government documents staff are wearing their FDLP masks as they help the public with their Government information needs.


Library Call to Action

Bert Chapman

The Journal of Advanced Military Studies published an article on U.S. Government literature on the national security implications of artificial intelligence written by Bert Chapman, longtime Depository Coordinator at Purdue University Library and FDLP Academy presenter.

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Access resources for patrons and administrative information for library staff, as well as infographics and images for your library website.

FDLD and Salesforce

No changes can be made to the Federal Depository Library Directory (FDLD) from Friday, July 31 - Monday, August 10 to ensure that the correct data is migrated to the new Salesforce platform for askGPO.

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Prepare your library for reopening with FDLP face masks and social distancing signage.

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