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Kudos to GPO for new Catalog of Government Publications

Today the Government Printing Office announced:

The Superintendent of Documents is pleased to announce the launch of the enhanced version of the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) – This version of the CGP is the online public access catalog (OPAC) module of the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) new integrated library system. With the availability of the new CGP Phase 1 of a larger modernization plan to replace older legacy systems is complete.

Unlike the previous version of the CGP, which only went back to 1994, the new catalog allows you to find documents back to 1976. It is also easy to find the nearest libraries that are supposed to hold a given item.

It’s been a long time in coming, but it does seem to be a step forward in providing access to vast number of government publications that have good information, but not the good fortune to be on the ‘Net. Thanks GPO!

I’d also like to compliment GPO for sticking with the easy to understand name of “Catalog of Government Publications” instead of “Franklin.” This responsiveness to community input is much appreciated.

As nice as the new CGP is, one could wish for more that I’ve seen in other catalogs/databases, but that will be for another posting.

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