Regional Discard Policy: Informational Resources & Virtual Discussion

This fall, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) will begin to accept discard requests from regional depository libraries, following the Joint Committee on Printing’s approval of the Regional Discard Policy.

Informational Resources

In preparation for the policy’s implementation, numerous informational resources are now available on FDLP.gov.

  1. A new web page that will serve as your one-stop-shop for discard information
  2. The Regional Discard Policy
  3. Frequently Asked Questions about the implementation of the policy (DRAFT)
  4. Instructions for submitting discard requests to GPO (DRAFT)
  5. Titles Eligible for Discard – List No. 1
  6. Memorandum of Agreement for Preservation Stewards (DRAFT)
  7. A 14-minute, informational webcast with basic information about and stipulations of the policy, the Phase 1 implementation schedule, an update of GPO’s current action items and progress, upcoming communication to the FDLP community, and where to go for questions and comments

A Virtual Discussion – August 2, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

As part of this process, GPO is also recruiting libraries (both regionals and selectives) that will serve as Preservation Stewards. These designated libraries, under a Memorandum of Agreement with GPO, would retain all or a portion of discard-eligible depository resources. Identifying Preservation Stewards will allow GPO to ensure that preservation copies of record will be in geographically dispersed locations in the United States, as required by the JCP.

If your library may be interested in serving as a Preservation Steward or you would simply like to learn more, register to attend our virtual discussion on August 2, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). By attending this virtual discussion, you are in no way committing to serve as a Preservation Steward. This is simply an exchange of information.

Contact Us

Reach out to GPO with your questions, comments, and feedback on the draft Memorandum of Agreement for Preservation Stewards via FDLP.gov’s new Regional Discard Inquiry Form.

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