Rewriting the Rules of the Federal Depository Library Program: The Struggle to Amend 44 U.S.C. (A3)

Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 2018: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Speakers: Erik Beck, University of Colorado Law School, William A. Wise Law Library; Laurie Hall, U.S. Government Publishing Office; Peggy Roebuck Jarrett, University of Washington Gallagher Law Library

Recently, the Committee on House Administration has held hearings on “Transforming GPO for the 21st Century and Beyond.” For the next year, Congress will consider amendments to Title 44 of the U.S. Code concerning the governance and operation of the Government Publishing Office. These changes will have far-reaching effects, especially for law librarians, government documents librarians, and their patron base. This program will convene a panel of librarians and government representatives who are active in the Title 44 discussion to explain what these changes will mean to law libraries and how law librarians can join the discussion and advocate for their interests.

The first part of the program will acquaint participants with the issues concerning the Title 44 amendment. Topics such as redefining the term”government publication,” requirements for federal agencies to deposit born-digital, and flexibility for regional depositories will be introduced. In the second part, participants in groups will respond to the following questions: 1) How has the FDLP been important to your library? and 2) How could the FDLP be changed to better serve your library and your patrons? Groups will share their responses in an open discussion. After the program, responses will be collected and used by AALL’s Government Relations Committee to help inform AALL’s advocacy effort on Title 44.

This program is sponsored by the GD-SIS.

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