Our special guest today in the law library was the Honorable Robert (Bob) Tapella, Public Printer of the U.S and CEO of the GPO.
We chatted about all things GPO, from cheering the recent launch of an XML Federal Register to learning about the eventual phasing out of GPO Access (it’s being succeeded by the very impressive FDSys) to why Bob likes to pronouce it F-D Sys and not Fed Sys to discussing the Federal Depository Library Program and, of course, PACER.
We learned that the GPO does not want to be in the web portal business; instead, they want to make government documents widely available to the public and keep them archived in perpetuity. The Federal Register XML project is a fine example of this mission and their new initiatives.
Joining us for lunch were a number of Stanford Law folks and Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org.
After lunch, Bob Tapella stopped by our Advanced Legal Research class. On Monday, one of our students had an excellent question regarding overlapping government websites. And, lucky for our student, Bob Tapella was able to join us for an expert answer. I’m not sure we can bring in the head of every agency that our students raise questions about, but we can try!
Left to right: CEO of GPO Bob Tapella; Stanford Law Library Director Paul Lomio; Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.org; Roland Vogl, Executive Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology; Library Deputy Director Erika Wayne; E-Resources and Serials Librarian Brian Provenzale