We just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about two upcoming events of import for documents librarians.
This thursday and friday (april 24-25, 2014) in Chicago is “Leviathan,” the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) Spring forum on government information. There will be much discussion and agenda-setting for CRL member libraries about how to continue to collect govt information in the age of big data. Our FGI colleague JIM Jacobs (James A. Jacobs :-)) will be speaking at the forum, helping members think laterally about collecting and preserving born-digital government information. I’m told the panels will be videotaped and made available after the event.
Even if you can’t make it to Chicago, I would highly recommend reading Jim Jacobs’ report prepared for Leviathan as it maps out the lay of the land and the issues at hand:
James A. Jacobs, Born-Digital U.S. Federal Government Information: Preservation and Access, March 2014. Prepared for Leviathan, the Center for Research Libraries Global Resources Collections Forum.
NEXT week (April 30 – May 2, 2014) is the 2014 Depository Library Council meeting and FDLP conference held at GPO’s big red building in Washington DC. You can get Conference updates by following the twitter hashtag #GPODLC14.
And if you ARE attending DLC, please be sure to join yours truly and others for the GODORT panel “Digitization and preservation of government documents” held during the DLC meeting. It’s sure to be a lively discussion!
DIGITIZATION AND PRESERVATION OF GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
GODORT Panel Discussion
Depository Library Council meeting in D.C. April 30, 2014 from noon until 1 pm
GPO, 710 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, D. C.
Moderator: GODORT Legislation Committee: Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, Chair
- Library of Congress: Mark Sweeney, Director for Preservation
- National Library of Medicine: Walter Cybulski, Preservation Librarian
- Stanford University Library: James R. Jacobs, Federal Government Information Librarian
- University of North Texas Libraries: Suzanne Sears, Assistant Dean for Public Services and Chair of GODORT
Here’s the blurb for Leviathan:
Research libraries have always played an important role in ensuring the survival and integrity of government information. In the print era research libraries acquired and preserved the publications and historical archives of U.S. and foreign governments. CRL, for one, preserves the records as diverse as the files of the notorious Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia and the archives of the French colonial government in Senegal.
The digital revolution, however, radically changed the ways in which government information is produced and distributed, upending longstanding library models of preservation and scholarly access. Therefore new ways must be found to ensure that the information governments gather and provide to their constituents—and the records of the workings of governments—remain available to researchers for the long term.
CRL’s 2014 Global Resources Collections Forum will bring together representatives of national archives, government agencies, publishers, historians, and members of the research library community, to explore what role libraries, collectively and individually, can play today in ensuring the long-term integrity and accessibility of the electronic records, data and publications of domestic and foreign governments.