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Fall DLC Proceedings Watch 10/25/05 – A week without content

A week ago, the Fall 2005 meeting of the Depository Library Council (DLC) meeting adjourned. Since that time, nothing has appeared on the official DLC proceedings page.

A look at the FDSys Presentations page shows that Mike Wash’s slides have yet to appear.

So far, we seem to be the only ones offering content from the Fall 2005 DLC Meeting, including some admittedly rough audio and a few web-based presentation handouts that GPO could have already posted.

I’m not writing to crow about our coverage. I’m writing because as an institution obsessed with dropping its self-perception as a buggy whip manufacturer, GPO is unacceptably slow in posting meeting proceedings, especially in the Internet age.

If the Wyoming Library Association can provide immediate, web-based coverage of their proceedings, why can’t the Government Printing Office? Because they don’t have the resources? Because it’s too technically difficult? If that’s the case, are they really the ones we want running an all-encompassing digital information system?

At the very least, they can post whatever handouts and powerpoint slides they have.

Communicating proceedings in a timely manner would help build trust with the depository community.

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