New Specifications for FDL Public Access Computers

The 2008 Recommended Specifications for Public Access Computers in Federal Depository Libraries are now available from GPO. The recommended specifications (RS) are intended to assist depository coordinators in making informed purchases that will best achieve the goal of providing public access to Federal Government information in a variety of electronic formats. The RS will become requirements October 1, 2009. The current Minimum Technical Requirements (MTR) will remain in effect until September 30, 2009.

When being compiled, the computer retail market is examined as well as agency online publishing formats and trends in library services. These guidelines are aimed at providing reasonably robust workstations that should provide years of service before they become obsolete, but GPO encourages the purchase of equipment that exceeds these specifications if at all economically feasible. Computers with these specifications meet the requirements for accessing and using Federal Digital System (FDSys).

The RS can be found on the FDLP Desktop RS page.

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Memphis Public Libraries

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In town for ALA or AALL conferences this summer? Come to GPO for FDLP eXchange training.

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The Louisville Free Public Library has been groundbreaking for over a century! In 1904, they became the first Federal depository in KY. The system’s Western Branch was the first Carnegie-housed public library in the country built solely for African Americans. And in 2018, LFPL posted the very first offer in FDLP eXchange.

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The Washington State Library is proof you don’t need to be digitizing a large portion of your collection to contribute content to govinfo. The library was already digitizing Federal publications requested through ILL. As Carmen Tinker says, “we thought that if we are already digitizing, we should do what we can to make those digital files as accessible as possible. I think that making Federal publications more widely accessible is an important part of our role as a regional depository, and it also fits in to the mission and strategic goals of our library as a whole.”

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