U.S. Goverment Printing Office & Library of Congress to Digitize Historic Documents

After receiving approval from the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) of the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress (LoC) will be working together on a project to digitize certain important legal and legislative documents of the United States. The project will cover public laws and private laws, as well as proposed constitutional amendments passed by Congress, as published in the official U.S. Statutes at Large from 1951-2002. In addition, the GPO and LoC will be digitizing official debates of Congress from the permanent volumes of the Congressional Record from 1873-1998. ┬áThese materials will be authenticated and accessible by the public on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and the LoC’s THOMAS legislative information system.

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.com.

Cross posted on Law Library Blog.

GPO Study of Regional Depositories — Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has posted a new (December 2008/transmitted January 6, 2009) study of its 51 regional library depositories (in 43 states; 33 (62%) of which are academic libraries, 14 (30%) of which are state libraries, and 4 (8%) of which are public libraries) in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), addressing — among other things — organizational, financial and technological conditions and recommending (to the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP), the joint committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate that oversees the GPO):

1. Support continued appropriations for GPO’s initiative to create machine-readable bibliographic records for the tangible collection of pre-1976 depository publications to ensure its completion in a timelier manner.

2. Undertake a more in-depth look at the organizational, financial, and technological issues affecting the FDLP in its entirety, regionals and selectives alike, and analyze the results to develop recommendations for policy and/or statutory revision that will provide for effective operation of the FDLP in the 21st century; and

3. Continue to support GPO’s initiatives to authenticate the Government’s digital information dissemination products.

Hat tip to today’s Law Librarian Blog.