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GPO “clarifies” its position

Printing Office to Keep on Printing. by Paul Singer, National Journal, 02-26-2005, page 606. [subscription required]

When GPO Superintendent of Documents Judy Russell suggested that the Government Printing Office was going to stop distributing all but 50 titles to Federal Depository Library Program libraries, she “set off a firestorm.” This National Journal article says that, “GPO officials would neither discuss this story nor provide a copy of Russell’s remarks” but that “Russell issued a
statement Wednesday to ‘clarify’ her January remarks.”

Russell posted a message to the govdoc-l mailing list on 3/1/2005 with more information. Unfortunately, while speaking of the importance of “electronic documents” this message still only mentions “dissemination of tangible products” to depository libraries. The message also says that GPO will “expand electronic information offerings through the FDLP” — apparently confusing GPO (which has electronic information content) with FDLP libraries (into which GPO will not deposit electronic documents).

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