Proposal to Cease the Inclusion of Historic URLs in Catalog Records for govinfo Content

Since the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) was awarded ISO 16363:2012 for govinfo and was named a Trustworthy Digital Repository (TDR) for Government information, Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) has been evaluating its procedures for creating PURLs to content in govinfo.

LSCM is reviewing the practice of including historic URLs in catalog records for publications in govinfo. By request of Federal depository libraries, GPO provides the original URL (known as the historic URL) used to create the PURL in an additional 856 field, which serves only as a reference in a catalog record. For publications in govinfo, the results of the historic URLs and the PURLs are identical, making the fields redundant. Therefore, LSCM proposes to cease the inclusion of historic URLs only in catalog records for resources in govinfo.

GPO staff would like your feedback about any potential impacts on your cataloging/metadata and other operations and processes. Please submit your comments and recommendations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, March 11, 2019.

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