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National Library Week – FDLP Edition #nlw2014

Happy National Library Week! April 13 – 19, 2014 is National Library Week (NLW), a time to celebrate and honor libraries. Because we at FGI celebrate Federal Depository Libraries as key links in preserving the nation’s information products and serving as guides to the awe-inspiring mass of publications and data the feds make available, we’ll spend our NLW celebrating Federal Depository Libraries.

Fortunately the Government Printing Office has made things easy with for us with their Depository Library of the Year program. Each year since 2003, the Government Printing Office has recognized at least one library from among nominations made according to these guidelines:

Nominations should demonstrate the library’s creativity and innovation. The nominees should have implemented new concepts that are models for other libraries to emulate. For example, a nomination can detail the development of specific community programs highlighting Federal Government information, the deployment of new marketing techniques that dramatically increase a community’s use of these valuable resources, the employment of any other innovative public service relating to government documents, or collaborations with other libraries or community organizations. Any other accomplishments that greatly enhance public access to Federal government information are good points to bring forward.

When selecting finalists, GPO is looking for programs and library techniques that demonstrate:

  • Superb promotion of the Government depository collections and services to the community

  • Thorough knowledge of Federal government information needs in the library’s service area

  • Outstanding reference and other service assistance to patrons

  • Well-curated collection of Federal depository tangible and electronic resources adequate to meet the needs of the library’s service area

  • Excellent bibliographic control to enhance public access

  • Substantial cooperative efforts with other depository and non-depository libraries to share knowledge and resources with a larger community

  • Exceptional care and preservation of the depository collection

So for the next seven days, we’ll highlight the last seven years’ worth of award winners. If you’re familiar with the libraries we highlight, we’d love to hear from you in comments. If you’d like to write your own National Library Week stories, please tag your social media posts with #nlw14 or #LivesChange.

See you on Sunday!


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