Resolution on FY 1998 Appropriations for the Federal Depository Library Program

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Endorsed by the AALL Executive Board, March 1, 1997

WHEREAS, The Federal Depository Library Program has evolved over the past 140 years to become one of the most effective and successful partnership programs between the Federal government and the American people today; and

WHEREAS, The Federal Depository Library Program provides our Nation's citizens with equitable and no-fee access to government information from all branches of government; and

WHEREAS, The 1400 depository libraries located in nearly every Congressional district contribute space, equipment, training, and professional assistance to provide the public with no-fee access to current and historical records in a variety of print, microfiche, CD-ROM and other electronic formats; and

WHEREAS, The Government Printing Office in June 1996 released the Congressionally-mandated Study to Identify Measures Necessary for a Successful Transition to a More Electronic Federal Depository Library Program that provides a framework for a more electronic program; and

WHEREAS, The Government Printing Office has made steady progress to increase and enhance the public's access to electronic government information through the GPO Access system; and

WHEREAS, In 1996 significant new titles were added to GPO Access, including the Code of Federal Regulations, the historic Supreme Court opinions (1937-1975) from the U.S. Air Force's Federal Legal Information Through Electronic (FLITE) file, and the Commerce Business Daily; and

WHEREAS, The Government Printing Office has developed a new Superintendent of Documents web site that provides finding tools that are essential in a distributed electronic environment; and

WHEREAS, The Government Printing Office has submitted a budget request of $30.5 million that is necessary to maintain current Federal Depository Library Program services and implement the transition to a more electronic program; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the American Association of Law Libraries urge Congress to support fully the Government Printing Office's Superintendent of Documents Salaries and Expenses appropriations request of $30.5 million for FY 1998; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Association of Law Libraries commend the Government Printing Office for the significant progress it has achieved in the development of GPO Access and in the creation of a new web site that provides essential bibliographic access services; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the American Association of Law Libraries transmit a copy of this resolution to Members of the House and Senate Legislative Appropriations Subcommittees, to other appropriate congressional committees, and to the Public Printer.