January 23, 2022

Report: San Diego Public Library Reverses Decision to Give Up Federal Government Document Status, Will Keep Small Collection

From the San Diego Union Tribune:

San Diego library officials have reversed a year-old decision to end the library’s 138-year tenure as an official depository for government documents, deciding instead to maintain a small collection of San Diego-specific documents.

The decision was hailed by critics who said last winter that the move would have cost the 36-branch city library system some prestige and deprived some users of access to many documents that haven’t been digitized.


Freeing up space and staff time was the goal of relinquishing the library’s status as a federal depository for government documents, but [Head librarian Misty] Jones said officials have decided it makes more sense to retain “partial selective” status in the program.

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See Also: Group Protesting San Diego Public Library’s Decision to Give Up Library’s Federal Document Depository Status (June 26, 2020)

See Also: San Diego Public Library Giving Up Federal Document Depository Status After 137 Years (February 26, 2020)

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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.