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The Depository Library Council (DLC) invites the library community and
general public to post their comments on, "Toward a Vision of the Government
Information Environment of the 21st Century: A Draft Outline," on the DLC
Vision Outline Blog at <http://dlcvisionoutline.blogspot.com>.
With the advent of the Web access to Federal Government information has
expanded far beyond Federal Depository Libraries. The current environment
presents challenges to Federal Depository Libraries in four key areas:
* Library Roles in the Non-Exclusive Environment
* Managing Collection and Delivering Content
* Adding Value
* Deploying Expertise
The DLC has developed a series of questions to be used as guides in drafting
papers on each of these significant issues. It is our hope that these papers
will help focus the discussion as we envision our future as providers of
government information at the Fall Depository Library Conference, October
A blog has been created for community discussion of these significant
topics. The use of a blog will provide the quickest and most efficient way
to share comments among many stakeholders. The four key topics mentioned
above, as well as the entire outline, are available for comment and
information sharing through October 15, 2005. At the end of the comment
period the contents of the blog will be archived and linked from the DLC
page off of the FDLP Desktop at
Another blog will be established for comments on the document developed by
Council as a result of this process, following the Fall
2005 Federal Depository Library Conference.
You can comment on any or all sections of the draft by clicking on the
"comments" link at the end of each topic. You may choose to comment
anonymously or you may proceed with a very brief one-time registration
process that will allow you to login repeatedly as the blog grows and add
comments under your own identity.
If you have questions, please use the GPO online help service at:
To ensure that your question is routed to the correct area, please choose
the category "Federal Depository Libraries" and the appropriate subcategory.
You may also contact the GPO Customer Contact Center at 866-512-1800
(Toll-free), or at 202-512-1800 (DC Metropolitan Area), Monday through
Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., EST.
Posted by the U.S. Government Printing Office, on behalf of Barbie Selby,
Depository Library Council Chair