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.
Re: Provisions within Title 44, United States Code, requiring modification in order to facilitate the sharing of resources and responsibilities, primarily the sharing of publication collections, among federal regional depository libraries.
Opinion concerning the sections of Title 44 of the United States Code that would require legislative modifications in order to allow for the sharing of resources and responsibilities among the nation's federal regional depository libraries.
Letter to Richard G. Davis and Cynthia Etkin re: comments regarding the draft Government Printing Office (GPO) study, Regional Depository Libraries in the 21st Century: A Time for Change? (Jun. 10, 2008)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Letter to Richard G. Davis and Cynthia Etkin re: support for the draft Guidelines, Establishing Shared Regional Depository Libraries (Jun. 5, 2007)
Letter from ARL in support of the addition of $2 million in the FY 2008 Senate, State, Foreign Operations and Related Program appropriations bill.
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.