The FDLP and GPO: Celebrating 120 Years Together!

The October 2015 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference is a little less than two months away. Thanks to LSCM staff members for working hard to make this another outstanding educational and networking opportunity for us all. I also want to thank those of you in the depository community and at Federal agencies who are sharing your experiences, knowledge and innovative new services as program speakers and poster session presenters, and the members of the Depository Library Council who are hard at work developing timely Council sessions on some of the many challenges we face as a community, I very much appreciate your taking the time to participate in the Meeting & Conference; it would not be the big event it is without your programs.

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Please take a look at the preliminary schedule for the Fall Meeting & Conference. The energy and enthusiasm on the first day is always palpable, and will be again so this year as GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks kicks things off the first day with opening remarks. She will share the highlights of GPO’s transformation over the past year, along with glimpses into the agency’s remarkable history.

All programs scheduled to be held in the Crystal Ballroom will be available live to remote attendees. Be sure to register today if you will be traveling to Washington for the meeting. Registration to attend the Meeting & Conference virtually will open soon – watch for the announcement in FDLP.gov’s News & Events.

The Monday afternoon sessions on the National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information and the Federal Information Preservation Network, or FIPNet, will focus on their implementation—how they align and how they differ, as well as how they impact the operations of LSCM. The first afternoon session on the National Plan will convey its benefits to depository libraries and the public. It will also describe FIPNet, GPO’s new initiative to enhance both the FDLP and the Cataloging & Indexing Program, and how depository libraries can participate. The second afternoon program will be a panel discussion on FIPNet facilitated by Chuck Eckman, Dean of Libraries at the University of Miami, former documents librarian at the University of Berkeley and former member of the Depository Library Council (2003-2006). There will be a focus on the importance of collective impact and the need to make the preservation of Federal Government information a national priority. There will be more than enough time for your questions, including from our remote attendees, following the panel.

I have frequently and publicly asserted that the Government documents community is the heart of the FDLP. GPO could not coordinate this essential national open government program without your commitment to serving the American public and beyond in today’s digital world. A couple of our featured articles in this month’s FDLP Connection reminded me of the past and excited me about the future, as we approach the celebration of the 120 year anniversary of the FDLP. I’m referring to the essential human element, not the ever-changing technology which you’ll also read a lot about this month. As a new documents librarian, at my first ALA conferences in the early 1990s, Dan Barkley and the more seasoned GovDocs veterans whom he describes in the featured article, Wit and Wisdom from FDLP Veterans, initiated me and so many other new docs coordinators into the ‘club.’ Dan, John Phillips and Mary Prophet are leaders within the national, state and local communities, and for those of you new to this wonderful profession, don’t miss their article and heed their advice so that you can follow in their footprints.

In the same vein, LSCM welcomed five summer interns this year, ranging from high school to graduate studies. You can read all about them in the “Get to Know GPO ” column this month—they brought new ideas, experiences and talents, and hopefully expanded their own. We thank them for their service.

This issue also introduces you to Jessica Tieman, GPO’s 2015 National Digital Stewardship Resident. She is helping GPO staff prepare for the audit and certification of FDsys as a trusted digital repository. Jessica will be with us for one year, using the skills she learned in the Master of Science in Library and Information Science program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are delighted to have her on board, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet her at the Fall Meeting & Conference. Welcome, Jessica!

Mary Alice Baish Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

If you missed ALA this year, don’t miss reading about GPO’s activities in San Francisco this month. It was the first time since Midwinter 2011 that we were among the ALA Annual Conference exhibitors . LSCM staff promoted our new agency name and the refreshed Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, while having discussions with about 400 visitors to our booth. We also handed out our new promotional materials which are available for you to order. 

Since the second GPO buyout in December 2014 and several retirements, LSCM has been down 15-20 FTEs. Just imagine the impact that would have on your own organization. The good news is that you wouldn’t know it from the continued excellent LSCM services to our depository libraries, including the numerous webinars which continue to be very popular. They are preparing many Meeting & Conference programs, including an LSCM Update and Open Forum, the LSCM Technology Plan, the Ethnographic Study, and FDLP Communications Tools you may be unaware of. It’s going to be an exciting and busy conference. Please be sure to express your thanks to LSCM Managing Director Laurie Hall and our tireless staff whose commitment to your needs is extraordinary.

News & Events

November 29, 2021
Is your library decorating for the holidays? Have you incorporated Government documents and resources into a creative display, either onsite... Read More ...
November 29, 2021
The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) and MetaLib will undergo routine maintenance from Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at... Read More ...
November 22, 2021
This message has been cross-posted. Please excuse any duplication. Check out these free, upcoming educational webinars from the U.S.... Read More ...
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Maggie Farrell served on the Depository Library Council 1994-1995 and 1998-2001, serving as Chair 2000-2001. Currently, Maggie is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and previously served as the Dean of Libraries at the University of Wyoming and Clemson University. Although her focus is on leadership and management, Maggie formed her understanding of information systems and library operations as a Government information librarian that guides her to this day in the values of open information and equitable access.

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