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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Wither Government Documents?

This just in from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL):

The Government Printing Office (GPO) announced at the American Library Association's Mid-Winter meeting that they plan to (as of FY 2006) only print in hard copy the titles that are listed on the Essential Titles for Public Use in Paper Format. In addition, GPO will initiate a Print on Demand (POD) Allowance Program of $500 for selective depository libraries and $1500 for the 53 regional depository libraries to purchase titles that are not on the Essential
Titles List. GPO admits that POD technology is not archival (disapperaring ink?) and that the materials depositorylibraries purchase through this new service will have a shelf life of only 20 to 30 years. AALL points out that the Essential Titles list, last revised in 2000, does not include important materials including maps, geological information, administrative decisions and other legal materials, as well as Senate and House reports, documents, and hearings
that inform the citizenry of the workings of Congress.

Now I believe in an orderly transfer of power to digitized formats, but the GPO seems to be taking the bull in the china shop approach to possible (well, almost certain) budgetary problems.
I'm sure more news on this development will follow.



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