Spring 2018 Virtual Meeting

  • Duration: 3 hours, 16 minutes
  • Date Recorded: April 18, 2018


Spring 2018 Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Welcome and Opening Remarks


  • Jim Shaw, Depository Library Council Chair, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. C.C. & Mabel L. Criss Library
  • Andrew Sherman, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)
  • Laurie B. Hall, Superintendent of Documents, Managing Director of Library Services & Content Management (LSCM), GPO

DLC Chair Jim Shaw calls the 2018 DLC Virtual Meeting to order and introduces a greeting from Acting GPO Director Andrew Sherman, followed by welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Documents Laurie B. Hall.

GPO Update


  • Laurie B. Hall, Superintendent of Documents, Managing Director of LSCM, GPO
  • Robin Haun-Mohamed, Chief of Outreach & Support, LSCM, GPO
  • Fang Gao, Chief of Library Technical Services, LSCM, GPO
  • Anthony D. Smith, Chief of Projects & Systems, LSCM, GPO
  • Kelly Seifert, Strategic Communications Coordinator, LSCM, GPO

Listen to staff members from GPO’s Library Services & Content Management unit for updates on a wide variety of key initiatives, including:

  • Title 44 Revision
  • FDLP eXchange
  • Enhancing content on govinfo
  • The National Bibliographic Records Inventory Initiative
  • Web Archiving
  • Preservation Stewards & other GPO partnerships
  • LibGuides
  • FDLP Academy
  • Collection Development

Brainstorming the FDLP Network: Ensuring Continued Public Access to the Comprehensive Collection - session begins at the 1 hour 16 minute mark


  • George Barnum, Senior Program Planning Specialist, LSCM, GPO
  • Kathy Bayer, Outreach Librarian, LSCM, GPO
  • Ashley Dahlen, Outreach Librarian, LSCM, GPO
  • Robin Haun-Mohamed, Chief of LSCM Outreach & Support, LSCM, GPO

Libraries in the FDLP are modernizing spaces and services and constantly adapting to budgetary and staffing constraints. These new realities have an impact on the stability of the FDLP network nationwide, creating challenges for assuring that Government publications in the FDLP remain widely and permanently available. The session explores the concept of comprehensive collections, including:

  • The history and development.
  • The responsibilities of regionals, selectives, and GPO.
  • How the changing nature of library operations in the 21st century presents opportunities for new approaches, even within the existing framework of Title 44 of the U.S. Code.

Planning for Your Disaster: Some Lessons Learned from Recent Experiences - session begins at the 2 hour 30 minute mark


  • Tom Fischlschweiger, Senior Librarian, Broward County Main Library
  • Jane Canfield, Coordinator of Federal Documents, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
  • Celina McDonald; U.S. Government Documents, Law, Criminology, & Criminal Justice Librarian; McKeldin Library; University of Maryland, College Park

This presentation focuses on some specifics relating to continuation of operations and services preparing for and in the aftermath of a disaster, as well as some things to consider when creating or revising your disaster plan. The presenters have all had experience in dealing with recent disasters. For those who may have missed the FDLP Academy’s recent disaster webinar series or wish to continue adding to their knowledge, this presentation will be a good resource.

Date Recorded: 4/18/2018

Duration: 3 hours, 16 minutes

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Title 44 Modernization: Where Are We Now? - session begins at the 1 minute, 30 second mark


  • Jim Shaw, Depository Library Council Chair, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
  • Lori Thornton, Depository Coordinator, Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico State Library
  • Erik Beck, Depository Coordinator, William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
  • Kirstin Krumsee, Regional Depository Coordinator, State Library of Ohio

In June 2017, the Depository Library Council was charged with making recommendations to amend Title 44, Chapter 19, U.S. Code, to improve the operation of the Federal Depository Library Program. The DLC developed its recommendations based on many comments and discussions within the FDLP community. While this work proceeded, the Committee on House Administration was preparing a bill to amend Title 44, and the DLC responded with comments on the draft. This session reviews the events of the past nine months and provides an update on where matters currently stand. It also invites further comments from those attending the Virtual Meeting.

Reaching Our Underserved Populations: Government Information Is for All the People - session begins at the 1 hour, 17 minute mark


  • Yvonne D. Williams, Cataloging Specialist, Memphis Public Libraries
  • Jane Canfield, Coordinator of Federal Documents, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
  • Kimberly Jordan-Fluker, MS, Senior Manager, Memphis Public Libraries
  • Todd Scudiere, Technical Services Librarian, LSCM, GPO

The presentation is an overview of the underserved populations. It identifies specific groups, such as speakers of other languages and tribal groups, which are characterized as underserved. It provides resources that are available to assist these vulnerable communities, as well as a brief synopsis of GPO’s outreach activities to tribal populace. In addition, it describes a unique and easy to remember, nationally-recognized telephone number “211,” which is available to assist persons and connect them with community services and resources while it reveals how this unique resource could be useful to libraries and communities at large as presented by Memphis Public Libraries.

More Sunshine: Shedding Light on Copyright Instruction & Open Access - session begins at the 2 hour, 30 minute mark


  • Maryam Fakouri, Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian, University of Washington Libraries
  • Elizabeth Bedord, Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

What lessons can the FDLP community take from our scholarly communications compatriots’ efforts to promote information literacy and information access? Parallels abound, from needing to find a reasonable response when asked to explain copyright and fair use in twenty minutes, to mirrored concerns between today’s open publishing environment and the potential privatization of government information. We will consider these challenges in the context of libraries’ roles in teaching, research, and publishing, and what individual librarians can do to further this work.

Date Recorded: 04/19/2018

Duration: 3 hours 35 minutes

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Succession Planning - session begins at the 1 minute, 43 second mark


  • Paige Shank, Government Documents Librarian, Dallas Public Library
  • Julie Leuzinger, Associate Librarian, University of North Texas
  • Jennifer Rowe, Assistant Librarian, University of North Texas


  • Robbie Sittel, Head of the Eagle Commons Library, University of North Texas
  • Mary Clark, Director of Acquisitions and Access Management, The Library of Virginia

What happens when there is no pre-planning when a position is left vacant? Paige Shank shares her experiences when she became the Government documents librarian with no experience in the role. She shares the challenges she faced, the tools that helped her, and what would have been helpful to have in place. Julie Leuzinger and Jennifer Rowe are the authors of Succession Planning Through Mentoring in the Library. They offer comments on the state of succession planning in libraries, and provide strategies for mentoring as part of the succession planning process.

DLC Open Session - session begins at the 1 hour, 17 minute mark

In this closing session, DLC Chair Jim Shaw moderates a discussion with the Depository Library Council and GPO staff on the following topics:

  • DLC October 2017 Recommendations
  • Open Forum: Q&A with the FDLP Community
  • Meeting Recap & Closing

Date Recorded: 04/20/2018

Duration: 2 hours, 31 minutes

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