Magazine article American Libraries

GPO Reconsiders Recall of Indonesia Document

Magazine article American Libraries

GPO Reconsiders Recall of Indonesia Document

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The Government Printing Office thought better in late July of its recall from depository libraries of one volume of a monographic series documenting U.S. involvement in the overthrow of Indonesia's first president, Achmed Sukarno. "Government documents librarians over the years have learned that sunshine is the best thing," Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski, ALA Council member representing the Government Documents Round Table, told American Libraries August 2, Explaining that the GPO had yet to send libraries a formal recall letter, she credited the agency's hesitation to librarians across the country spreading the word about the recall to each other--and to the press.

"They're trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube," Tom Blanton, director of the nonprofit National Security Archive, said in the July 28 Washington Post two days after his organization posted Foreign Relations of the United States 1964-68, Volume 26: Indonesia, Malaysia-Singapore. Philippines on its Web site (www.nsarchive.org).

State blames GPO

The recall originated with the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, which blamed the GPO for issuing the volume without final clearance. …

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