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GPO Director Halpern appoints task force to study an all-digital FDLP

GPO Director Hugh Halpern has just named a task force to study the feasibility of moving to an all-digital Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). There are 23 people named to the task force including from Depository Library Council, depository librarians, library associations, and federal agencies.

I’ll withold comment on the feasibility of this task force until I see some of the work they’re doing. But I hope that the work of current GPO working groups on PURLs, Digital Deposit, and Collections and Discovery Services – as well as the long-running work on digital preservation and information access of the PEGI Project and FGI(!) – will be leveraged to come up with solid recommendations for a positive future for public access to and preservation of federal government information supported by FDLP libraries and librarians.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Hugh Nathanial Halpern appointed a task force to study the feasibility of an all-digital Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). As 97 percent of Federal publications are born digital, Director Halpern is charging the Task Force on a Digital Federal Depository Library Program (“Task Force”) to determine whether an all-digital FDLP is necessary, and if so, define the scope of an all-digital depository program and make recommendations as to how to implement and operate such a program. This will include an examination of the current landscape in Federal depository libraries, of FDLP-related operations at the GPO, and of the dissemination of publications by Federal agencies.

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