Magazine article American Libraries

Federal Depository Libraries

Magazine article American Libraries

Federal Depository Libraries

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The Government Printing Office (GPO) recently proposed allowing the 47 Regional Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) libraries to discard some documents and rely on digital copies in GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) responded, suggesting that, before discarding these valuable publications, we should be sure that there are reliable digital copies in a certified digital repository and a suitable number of "tangible" copies to ensure both access and preservation. This is a wise compromise that allows discarding without endangering preservation or access.

The proposed policy does not enhance digital access (the materials in question are already online). The proposal will however, by design, reduce the number of geographically distributed documents in the FDLP. That reduction will certainly not enhance either access or preservation. GODORT recommends actions to take before discarding to ensure that the policy will not damage access or preservation: (1) research to determine how many paper copies should be retained to ensure preservation and access; (2) create a national inventory of FDLP publications so that Regionals would know how many copies exist and where they are before discarding; (3) ensure that GPO's digital copies are complete, accurate, and usable; and (4) store in a trusted repository. …

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