Disposition and the National Collection
In order to help build and preserve a comprehensive National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) will now have a more active role in the disposition of materials from libraries relinquishing their depository designation.
This new role for GPO’s Library Services & Content Management (LSCM) staff is described in the now final version of Superintendent of Documents Depository Guidance Document 1-2021, Federal Depository Libraries Relinquishing Their Designation.
SOD-DGD-1-2021 went into effect in June 2020, and over the past year, LSCM staff have worked hard to solicit feedback from the FDLP community, and develop workflows and procedures to support the intent of this important disposition guidance. Now that the work of that implementation project is complete, we want to provide the FDLP community with an overview of these procedures, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about what has and has not changed regarding the process of disposing of a relinquished FDLP collection, and leaving the FDLP.
Resources and opportunities for education and discussion:
- Revised and final text of SOD-DGD-1-2021, Federal Depository Libraries Relinquishing Their Designation: Strategic Disposition of Depository Materials in Support of the National Collection
- Revised FDLP.gov guidance article on Leaving the FDLP
- FDLP Academy webinar: We the People’s Collection — The National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information, Wednesday, August 25, 2021 (2:00 p.m. EDT)
- FDLP Academy webinar: Strategic Disposition to Support the National Collection, Thursday, August 26, 2021 (2:00 p.m. EDT)
LSCM staff will also provide an update of this disposition guidance during the Fall 2021 Federal Depository Library Conference (Oct. 18 – 20).
We appreciate all the input received thus far from the FDLP community. We welcome further discussion with all of you who work to support the FDLP and our shared goal to provide reliable Federal Government information to the public, regardless of format, and in support of GPO’s primary objective of Keeping America Informed.