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Free Government Information (FGI) is a place for initiating dialogue and building consensus among the various players (libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, researchers, journalists, etc.) who have a stake in the preservation of and perpetual free access to government information. FGI promotes free government information through collaboration, education, advocacy and research.

FGI Podcast: Building a Collaborative FDLP

Today’s lunchtime listen is FGI’s first podcast(!), a conversation recorded on July 25, 2016, with James A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, and Shari Laster discussing “Building a Collaborative FDLP.” If you missed that post, here’s an excerpt:

FDLP libraries can work together to provide, collectively, more than GPO — or any one library — can provide on its own. A collaborative FDLP is not one mega-library with one huge collection of only those documents that GPO can get. A collaborative FDLP consists of many curated collections that include Title 44 content, fugitive content (which GPO cannot force agencies to deposit), and non-Title-44 content that is out of GPO’s scope (e.g., FOIA’d documents, state/local/international government information, non-government information etc.). And each curated collection will have accompanying services tailored to that content for a community of users.

In such a collective approach, every community has access to the content and services it needs and every library provides a small slice of all those customized collections and services. In this approach, each library’s local-institutional community benefits from the contributions of every library.

This approach requires libraries to make one big change in the way they think of “communities.” In this approach, a “community” is a group of people who have common information needs — they need not live and work near any particular library or even near each other. In this approach every library focuses on one or more Designated Communities.1 In this approach every institution benefits from the collective work of all FDLP libraries rather than the individual work of only its own local-institutional library.

This approach will result in an FDLP collection that is more complete than GPO can build and maintain on its own and more comprehensive than Title 44; it will have much better functionality, and it will be more secure for the long-term.

Stream or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

Do you have ideas for more conversations and podcasts you’d like to hear? Please share your feedback in the comments!

FGI Podcast #1 – May 15, 2007

The very first episode of the FGI Podcast, the official podcast of Free Government Information is now available.

Show Notes:

Segment 1: What is Free Government Information

Segment Links

Segment 2: Government Information in the News

Segment Links

Segment 3: Government Podcast SampleThis Week at NASA

Segment 4: Outro musicRise by The Rev. Din from the Internet Archive Open Source Audio Collection

Theme music and segment bumpers from Set Me Free by DJ TopShelf and downloaded from PodSafe Audio.

Gary Price on Library Geeks podcast

Gary Price, our March blogger of the month was just interviewed on Daniel Chudnov’s great new library geek podcast. It’s great to hear Gary, to put a voice to a blogger so to speak. and Congratulations Gary on your recent marriage!!

New Crime Podcast by DC Agency

Let’s have a warm welcome to the newest podcast in our government podcasts directory:

District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency – Brief video programs for the public on crime, criminal offenders and the criminal justice system. Some episodes in Spanish.

James’ open tabs 1/26/07

It’s been one of those crazy weeks with lots going on. So rather than blog all the things that I had planned to blog about this week (and last week while in Seattle for ALA!), here’s the list of open tabs on my browser. Ahhhhh, I feel better now 🙂