Government publications in American academic libraries

Bethany Latham


This chapter presents a historical perspective leading up to the current state of government publications in the US, including the founding of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The chapter covers the organization and statutory governance of the FDLP, as well as the processes and workflows pertaining to government information collections in US academic libraries. An emphasis is placed on collection management, public access, and the issues engendered by the transition from tangible to digital publication methods. Concerns regarding preservation and sustainability of government publications are enumerated, ...

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