November 30, 2020

New Partnership: Records from GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications Coming to DPLA

UPDATE: Even more new content available via DPLA Announced Today!!!

The MHL, a specialized research collection stored in the Internet Archive, currently includes nearly 60,000 digital rare books, serials, audio and video recordings, and ephemera in the history of medicine, public health, biomedical sciences, and popular medicine from the medical special collections of 22 academic, special, and public libraries.  MHL materials have been selected through a rigorous process of curation by subject specialist librarians and archivists and through consultation with an advisory committee of scholars in the history of medicine, public health, gender studies, digital humanities, and related fields.

The breadth of the collection is illustrated by these popular items: the United States Naval Bureau of Medical History’s audio oral history with Doctor Walter Burwell (1994) who served in the Pacific theatre during World War II and witnessed the first Japanese kamikaze attacks; History and medical description of the two-headed girl : sold by her agents for her special benefit, at 25 cents (1869), the first edition of Gray’s Anatomy (1858) (the single most-downloaded MHL text at more than 2,000 downloads annually), and a video collection of Hanna – Barbera Production Flintstones (1960) commercials for Winston cigarettes.

See Also: Direct to Medical Heritage Library (Native Search Interface and Info)

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Here’s today’s announcement from the GPO.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) have partnered to increase public access to the Government information that GPO makes available through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

Through the partnership, nearly 150,000 records from GPO’s CGP will also be available to the public through the DPLA website. Examples of records include: the Federal Budget, laws such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Federal regulations, and Congressional hearings, reports, and documents. GPO continuously adds records to the CGP which will also be available through the DPLA, increasing the discoverability of and access to Federal Government information for the American public.

“GPO’s partnership with DPLA will further GPO’s mission of Keeping America Informed by increasing public access to a wealth of information products available from the Federal Government,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “We look forward to continuing this strong partnership as the collection of Government information accessible through DPLA continues to grow.”

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.

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