January 23, 2022

U.S.: Federal Depository Library User Survey Report Released

From the Federal Depository Library Program Web Site:

In its efforts to address the value of Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) membership and to determine baseline outcomes-based performance measures, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), working with Outsell, Inc. and the Depository Library Council, developed a survey for depository library users. The survey ran from October 10, 2010 through March 4, 2011 and garnered over 3,300 responses from users of nearly 550 depository libraries. Submissions were well distributed both geographically and across different library types.

Direct to Report: FDLP Users Speak: The Value and Performance of Libraries Participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (61 Pages; PDF)

Recommendations From the Report

  • Undertake more promotional activity, not just on the web, but also through library help desks and other local facilities in participating libraries;
  • Increase training/tutorial activities both on the web and in participating libraries to assist users in finding Government documents on the web;
  • Make more materials available in library collections and online; and
  • Develop new tools to enhance access to and discoverability of Government information.

Direct to Full Text Report (Results, Charts, and Analysis for Each Question)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.