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Letter to William Boarman and Mary Alice Baish re: FDLP memorandum of agreement between the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Library of Michigan (Apr. 14, 2011)

Letter providing details about the services the University of Minnesota Libraries will provide to the Michigan selective federal depository libraries if Minnesota assumes regional responsibilities for Michigan.

pdf ltfdlp_michmou14apr11.pdf

 
 

Research Library Issues, no. 273 (Dec. 2010)

RLI issue 273 includes:

  • Three Key Public Policies for Research Libraries: Net Neutrality, Fair Use, Open and Public Access
  • The Importance of Net Neutrality to Research Libraries in the Digital Age
  • Challenges in Employing Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries
  • Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Contributions to Economic Development, Competitiveness, and Innovation
 
 

Letter to Robert M. Gates re: Increased transparency in nuclear weapons policy (May 4, 2010)

Letter from interested organizations thanking the Secretary of Defense for promoting increased transparency in nuclear weapons policy, including the publication of the Nuclear Posture Review Report in an entirely unclassified format and the disclosure of the size of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.

pdf lt-dod-5apr10.pdf

 
 

ARL Statement of Principles on the Federal Depository Library Program

Statement from ARL directors managing both regional and selective Federal Depository Libraries affirming certain principles of the FDLP program.

pdf fdlpprinciples14oct10.pdf

 
 

Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka S+R to propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program ("FDLP" or the "Program") in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed nearly 90 individuals from 40 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations.

pdf documents-for-a-digital-democracy.pdf

 
 

Documents for a Digital Democracy: A Model for the Federal Depository Library Program in the 21st Century Interim Summary

In June 2009, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) retained Ithaka S+R to propose a comprehensive framework for the Federal Depository Library Program ("FDLP" or the "Program") in response to changes in the environment for information dissemination and usage. New approaches must take advantage of the opportunities presented by today's digital and networking technologies to deliver services to users more effectively, more broadly, and at lower cost. For this project, Ithaka S+R staff interviewed more than 80 individuals from 30 libraries, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and a number of other key organizations. The FDLP serves a variety of needs across a number of communities, and in this project Ithaka S+R has taken a systemwide perspective in an attempt to understand the needs of all stakeholders. This summary presents a high-level overview of the project's interim findings and recommendations.

pdf summary-ithaka-fdlp-09.pdf

 
                 

Letter to Adrienne C. Thomas re: Response to Request for Information: Development of Alternative Models for Presidential Libraries (Apr. 17, 2009)

Letter from cultural heritage organizations in response to the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) request for input (RFI) into the development of alternative models for Presidential libraries.

pdf nara-rfi-preslibraries-final.pdf

 
 

White Paper: Strategic Directions for the Federal Depository Library Program

White paper concerning the future of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). ARL argues that the FDLP strategic planning process should lead to a flexible, sustainable, reconfigured program that reflects the needs and interests of users of government information and participating libraries; embraces the digital networked environment; and importantly, encourages collaborative network-based services while ensuring a smooth and orderly transition to a new program framework.

pdf fdlp-strategic-directions-april09.pdf

 
 

Future Directions for the Federal Depository Library Program

Discusses the need to identify a sustainable framework that will provide access to and preservation of government information in the years ahead.

pdf issue-brief-future-direction-fdlp-04dec08.pdf

 
     

Memorandum re: Principles for the Release of Scientific Research Results (May 28, 2008)

As called for by Section 1009 of the America COMPETES Act, the attached Principles provide guidance and direction to agencies regarding the release of scientific research results.

pdf ostp-scientific-research-28may08.pdf

 
 

Memorandum re: Removal or Destruction of Federal Depository Library Documents (Mar. 13, 2002)

In October 2001, the U.S. Geological Survey requested that the Government Printing Office instruct Federal Depository Libraries that received a CD-ROM on characteristics of large surface-water supplies in the United States to destroy their copies. Shortly thereafter, the Superintendent of Documents ordered those libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program to withdraw this item and immediately destroy it. Subsequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited several Federal Depository Libraries to determine whether that order had been carried out. This occurred without consultation with the GPO or the Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.). This series of events, and the prospect that in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack there may be additional requests for removal or destruction of federal materials by Federal Depository Libraries (FDLs), raises a number of questions of interest and importance to librarians. This memorandum sets forth below, in a question-and-answer format, the answers to many of those questions.

pdf susman_fdlp_march02.pdf

 
 

Letter to Richard G. Davis re: GPO Summary Report: Digitization Demonstration Project (Nov. 2, 2007)

These comments on the GPO Summary Report: Digitization Demonstration Project are submitted on behalf of the Association of Research Libraries to commend the GPO for engaging in the pilot digitization project.

pdf lt-david-gpo-digdemo-02nov07.pdf

 
 

Letter to NARA re: NARA Agreement with iArchives (Sept. 10, 2007)

This letter provides comments by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) agreement with iArchives. Under terms of the agreement, iArchives will digitize selected NARA records. While ARL appreciates that the agreement will result in more public domain federal resources becoming accessible, the manner in which NARA entered into the agreement and some provisions in the agreement raise a number of concerns.

pdf nara-iarchives-10sep07.pdf

 
 

Letter to NARA Vision re: Proposed Digitization Agreement between NARA and GSU (Aug. 29, 2007)

This letter provides comments by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) on the Proposed Digitization Agreement between the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU).

pdf nara-gsu-29aug07.pdf

 
   

Letter to ARL re: Comment on NARA/iArchives agreement (Apr. 27, 2007)

Letter from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in response to ARL's comment on the NARA/iArchives agreement.

pdf nara-iarchives-27april07.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Depository Libraries: Summary of Likert Analysis

Use of the Likert scale in the ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Federal Depository Libraries provides a current snapshot of Regional and Selective Depository Libraries. Regional respondents were asked to respond to 21 statements, Selectives were asked to respond to 19 statements.

pdf 2003fdlp-surveyfindings.pdf

 
 

Presentation for ARL Directors on the Survey of ARL Depository Libraries: The Likert Scale

This survey was sent to all ARL Selective Depository Libraries and to all Regional Depository Libraries (the majority of which are also ARL Libraries). It was designed to enable ARL to study the current problems, successes, and future of the Federal Depository Library Program with a total concentration on research libraries. The Likert scale discussed here provides us with a current snapshot of both types of Depository Libraries.

pdf speckit-fdlpsurvey-likert.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of Regional Depository Libraries: Summary of Likert Analysis

Use of the Likert scale in the ARL Survey of Regional and ARL Selective Federal Depository Libraries provides a current snapshot of Regional Depository Libraries. Regional respondents were asked to respond to 21 statements.

pdf fdlp-likert-regional-results.pdf

 
 

ARL Survey of ARL Selective Depository Libraries - Summary of Likert Analysis

Use of the Likert scale in the ARL Survey of ARL Selective Federal Depository Libraries provides a current snapshot of Selecive Depository Libraries. Selectives respondents were asked to respond to 19 statements.

pdf fdlp-selective-depository-libraries-survey.pdf

 
 
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