ALA will be sharing information regarding the Federal Depository Library Program modeling project that has been awarded to Ithaka S+R. Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard on this important subject!
Below is the latest communication from Ithaka S+R.
On behalf of the Government Printing Office, Ithaka S+R is launching a project that will develop sustainable models for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st century. The Program plays a critical role in making federal government information available to the American public, preserving it, and providing services to help the public and specialized user communities to make effective use of government information. We’re currently reaching out to libraries of all types — public, government, academic, and law libraries, and both participants and non-participants in the Program — to alert you of the launch of this project. We hope that ALA members will choose to engage with us regularly during the project’s six-month duration, to ensure that your experience and perspective is incorporated to the greatest extent possible.
Engaging the community — including non-participating libraries that may rely on depository libraries in providing government information services to their constituents as well as members of the Program — is a priority for this project. We will rely on the input of the library community in our efforts to model a FDLP that meets the needs of depository libraries as well as of the broader library community and those they serve. Towards this end, we’ve just launched a website — fdlpmodeling.net — to serve as a venue for community engagement, providing updates on the status of the project, offering a variety of mechanisms for community input, and sharing drafts and interim deliverables for comment. We’d encourage you to visit the site, learn about the project, and share your thoughts with us at this early stage. While you’re there, please subscribe to our RSS feed or sign up for email updates so you can be alerted of new posts. And of course, please share this information with any colleagues or others who might be interested.
We hope to hear from you over the course of this project, either via fdlpmodeling.net or directly by email.
Roger Schonfeld & Ross Housewright