November 30, 2015

Government Shutdown Causes Cancellation of 2013 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference

The GPO announced the cancellation of the 2013 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference earlier today.

The Superintendent of Documents, Mary Alice Baish, writes:

GPO employees can only work on activities directly related to the legislative process, on activities for an orderly shutdown, or to protect property and assets. Given those narrow exceptions, all Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) staff were furloughed.

Therefore, GPO, like all Federal agencies, is forced to make very difficult decisions.

Unfortunately, the lapse in FY 2014 funding and resulting shutdown have a direct impact on the 2013 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference (Meeting and Conference) scheduled for October 21-23. With the continuing uncertainty, and after serious discussions with Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks and Arlene Weible, chair of the Depository Library Council (DLC), we determined the need to cancel the October Meeting and Conference and reschedule it for spring 2014.


When a FY 2014 appropriations bill is enacted and LSCM staff return to work, we will begin planning the spring Meeting & Conference and a series of virtual training sessions. The virtual sessions will include the scheduled programs on the summary and recommendations of the Forecast Study, the National Plan, DLC- facilitated Focused Discussions, LSCM Updates, and other sessions scheduled for the October conference.

Read the Full Text of Announcement (2 pages; PDF)

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