2012 DLC Meeting and Conference Summary

The 2012 Depository Library Council Meeting & Federal Depository Library Conference: Celebrating the Past, Building the Future Together

The Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference was held in Arlington, VA from October 15-18, 2012. During this time; the Depository Library Council, Government Printing Office (GPO) staff, Federal agency representatives, and members of the depository library community participated in over 40 educational sessions that discussed GPO's state forecasting project, progress with various GPO projects, and other topics of importance to the FDLP community.

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In addition, this year's Meeting and Conference commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, the 80th Meeting of the Depository Library Council, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of regional depository libraries, and the 20th Federal Depository Library Conference.

Other highlights from the Meeting and Conference include:

  • Newark Public Library in Newark, NJ, the Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the University at Buffalo Libraries in Buffalo, NY, were recognized as the 2012 Federal Depository Libraries of the Year.
  • GPO released its Strategic Plan for FY2013-2017, showing how GPO will continue to meet the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public with an emphasis on being Official, Digital, and Secure.
  • A new video that emphasizes GPO’s services and commitment to embracing new technologies was debuted to attendees.
  • Attendees toured the GPO history exhibit, which was reopened with a new display that explores machine typesetting and its impact on the printing industry and worldwide communication from the early 1900s to the 1980s, and view a screening of the newly-released documentary Linotype: The Film. The documentatary prominently features GPO and its employees with a focus on the linotype machine and the way it revolutionized printing, communication, and society.