Five Libraries Sign Preservation Steward Agreements with GPO


WASHINGTON – Arthur Lakes Library, Idaho State University Libraries, Felix G. Woodward Library, Jerome Hall Law Library, and Salmon Library each signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become Preservation Stewards. Under this agreement, the libraries pledge to permanently preserve print collections of the following:

Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines

  • Publications from the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Publications from the U.S. Bureau of Mines
  • Publications from the Department of Energy
  • Publications from the Energy Research and Development Administration

Idaho State University Libraries

  • Handbook of North American Indians and the Congressional Record and its predecessors

Felix G. Woodward Library, Austin Peay State University

  • Publications related to the 101st Airborne Division

Jerome Hall Law Library, Indiana University

  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Reports
  • Statutes at Large
  • U.S. Code
  • Revised Statutes
  • Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
  • Public Papers of the Presidents
  • The Congressional Record and its predecessors
  • Monthly Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

Salmon Library, University of Alabama in Huntsville

  • NASA History Series publications

To help Federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient Government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established Preservation Stewards to support continued public access to historic U.S. Government documents in print format. Preservation Stewards contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents and GPO welcomes all Federal depository libraries that wish to participate as Preservation Stewards.

Through the FDLP, GPO works with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government in print and electronic formats. The program's antecedents can be traced back to the act of Congress dated December 27, 1813 (3 Stat. 140), which provided that one copy of the journals and documents of the Senate and House be sent to each university and college and each historical society in each state. GPO has operated the FDLP since 1895.

"GPO welcomes these five new libraries as preservation stewards and their commitment to maintaining Government information in multiple platforms," said Superintendent of Documents Laurie Hall. "I encourage more libraries to become part of this venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information."

GPO is the Federal Government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through www.govinfo.gov and partnerships with approximately 1,110 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

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