National Plan for FDLP!

One of the bigger items that the Government Printing Office presented at the recent meeting of the Depository Library Council/Federal Depository Library Conference was a a long-awaited “National Plan for the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program.” This was presented to both the Depository Library Council and FDLP conference attendees on Wednesday, May 30. The plan has been developed by GPO after the Forecast study (all those questionnaires we filled out in 2012) and the focused discussions (I think they mainly took place at the virtual conference in December 2013).

You can view a PDF the slides for this presentation at: http://tinyurl.com/llvybnm You’ll have to click the blue “Download” button on the right to actually get to the PDF.

The highlights…
The name of the program would change to “Federal Information Access Library Program.”

The new program would allow for some division of services and collections, and (I think) would not require changing Title 44, the current federal law that governs the depository library program.

Instead of two kinds of participating institutions–selective and regional depository libraries–there would be four:

  • Regional Federal Access Libraries
  • Federal Access Libraries
  • Affiliated Federal Access Libraries
  • Federal Information Access Assurance Partners

Characteristics/duties of each:

Regional Federal Access Libraries

* No‐fee access
   — Building access
   — Online access
   — Bibliographic access
   — Tangible collection access
* Online/on‐site
* State/region coordination

These libraries would have a service focus; in addition to providing access, they would provide
• Reference service
• Training
• Marketing
• Collection management
• State/region coordination (twice!)

Federal Access Libraries
* No‐fee access
 — Building access
 — Online access
 — Bibliographic access
 — Tangible collection access
* Online/on‐site
These libraries would have a service focus; in addition to providing access, they would provide
• Reference service
• Community engagement
• Marketing

Affiliated Federal Access Libraries
* No‐fee access
* Online‐only
* Allows small (< 10,000 books) libraries to be part of the program (the Superintendent of Documents said this could include school libraries, small public libraries, tribal and tribal college libraries)
These libraries would have a service focus; in addition to providing access, they would provide
• Bibliographic access
• Reference service

Federal Information Access Assurance Partners (not necessarily libraries; the Superintendent of Documents said the Partners might include federal agencies, consortia (of what, she didn’t say), independent entities like the Internet Archive; she did not mention Hathi Trust)
* No‐fee access
* Permanent public access
* Collection focus

Services these partners would provide
• Comprehensive collections
• Permanent public access
• Preservation
• Bibliographic access
• Collection support services
 — ILL
 — Cataloging/metadata

The Federal Information Access Assurance Partners (FIAAP) (or the “not-necessarily-libraries”) would be part of a “Government Information Access and Preservation Network” which would have an advisory board separate from the Depository Library Council (I suppose the DLC would have a different name). FIAAP activities could include
* Cataloging/Metadata
* Collection condition assessment
* Digitization
* Hosting
* Preservation
* Harvesting
* Others?

Regionals had a small amount of time at their meeting Wednesday evening to react to the proposal. The SuDoc did not want us to focus on/ask questions about details/operations. She wanted us to react to this at a “high level.”

I believe GPO will be presenting this plan to directors via conference calls, and at meetings of various national library associations.

What do you think of this new structure?  Do you know of small libraries that might want to become affiliated federal access libraries?  What entities might want to become Partners?

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