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GPO would like ALA feedback

Happy Friday!

In response to the comments GPO (Government Printing Office) received in the FDLP Forecast Study, GPO is moving forward with possible changes to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and have asked for feedback from ALA. Below is the information that the Washington Office received from Mary Alice Baish, Superintendent of Documents. If this is something that you have an interest in, I would love to hear your thoughts!


In accordance with the findings and recommendations from the FDLP Forecast Study, GPO is moving forward to implement Goal 2.1 to “Allow more flexibility for Federal depository libraries to manage their depository resources and services.” Specifically, GPO has taken two steps that focus on the following strategic objective:

2.1.1   Review and revise, as appropriate, Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program allowing for flexibility.

I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the first action, which is for regional depository libraries. A Superintendent of Documents Public Policy Statement was drafted that would allow regionals to discard tangible depository materials under certain specified conditions. Authority for this action originates in 44 U.S.C. §1912:

Designated regional depository libraries will … “retain at least one copy of all Government publications either in printed or microfacsimile form (except those authorized to be discarded by the Superintendent of Documents).”

The second action affects selective depository libraries. Effective August 1, 2014, item numbers 0556-C and 1004-E will no longer be required but rather will be optional. This rescinds Regulation 10 in Legal Requirements & Program Regulations. As a result, selectives will have the ability to become “all electronic” depository libraries. In recent years, these item numbers have been used to distribute titles GPO deemed important for all depository libraries. GPO will continue to use these item numbers for this purpose, but with less frequency.”

I would be happy to hear from units or individual members (however you would prefer to reach out) by August 20th. I will be submitting ALA’s response to GPO no later than August 29th. Please send your comments to




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Jessica McGilvray

Jessica McGilvray is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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  1. You may be interested in my recent post regarding GPO’s proposed rule change to allow regionals to e-substitute and discard. It’s basically a longer piece of context and explanation based on some govdoc-l conversations.

    Why GPO’s proposed policy to allow Regionals to discard is a bad idea

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