May 28, 2022

New FDLP Working Paper Focuses on Preservation/Digitization of U.S. Government Documents

A new working paper in the FDLP Forecast Study series from the GPO Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

Direct to Full Text: “Preservation: An FDLP Forecast Study Working Paper”

About the Working Paper Series

The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Library and State Forecast Study Questionnaires requested responses related to the following themes: Affiliations & Community Marketing, Collection Management, Education, Future Roles & Opportunities, Library Services and Content Management Projects, and Preservation.

This series of Working Papers presents an analysis of each theme and includes major findings and conclusions from the related qualitative and quantitative data.

Answers to the following questions are discussed in the preservation working paper.

  • Question 13: If your library digitizes FDLP material (in-house or outsourced), where do you store the master digital files? Please check all that apply.
  • Question 14: Does your library plan, within the next five years, to digitize publications from the FDLP/government documents collection?
  • Question 15: Would it be useful for GPO to provide advice and guidance for libraries that want to plan projects to digitize publications from the tangible collection?
  • Question 16: As government information is increasingly produced and distributed in digital- only formats, what barriers to access, if any, do you anticipate in the next five years?State Forecast Questionnaire:
  • Question 2: If FDLP libraries within your state digitize FDLP materials (in-house or outsourced), where do they store the master digital files? (Please mark all that apply.)
  • Question 3: Do FDLP libraries in your state plan to digitize publications from the FDLP/Government documents collection within the next five years?
  • Question 4: Would it be useful for GPO to provide advice and guidance for libraries that want to digitize publications from the tangible collection?

In analyzing the Forecast Study responses, the topic of preservation was viewed broadly to include digitization, digital collection development, access, permanent access, authentication, and Web harvesting and archiving. Preservation is concerned with the maintenance of legacy tangible collections, digitization of selected tangible content, harvesting of Web-disseminated information, ingest and curation of digital collections, including cataloging and metadata for discovery, long-term access, and future migration.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.