Federal Depository Library Program Issue

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has functioned for over 100 years. Depository libraries collect, manage, preserve and store federal documents, and make them freely available to the public. However, this program has generated LOTS of paper over the years, putting a financial, administrative, and physical burden on participating libraries. Libraries are legally bound to retain documents that may not be used, and due to budgetary problems, many are no longer capable of remaining active in the program, and want out, or need their burdens lightened. One advantage to new technology is that most new information is born digital, and some historical information is being digitized. But there are still legal complications preventing libraries from lightening their print collections, and supporting their patrons in other ways. ALA is discussing this problem, and actively seeking a solution to benefit members of the public needing government information, and supporting depository libraries in less burdensome ways.

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