Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Latest article about new disposition process

For more details about the ASERL Needs & Offers Automated Tool, read the following article published in this month's FDLP Connection:

Remember: in 2013, we are going to start training y'all to use this system.  You'll love its simple and straightforward approach to disposing of materials.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halloween at LSU Gov Docs

Here's a photo of three toothy ghouls that was taken by Michelle Donlin at the Halloween festivities at LSU Libraries Gov Docs Dept.  Left to right:  Izza Islam, Student Worker Extraordinaire; Michelle Caldwell, Student Worker--soon to be Graduate Assistant!; and Debbie Cannon, Library Associate Extraordinaire--soon to be retired (this Friday is her last day--boo hoo!).

And look at the Trick or Treat goodies that the department was offering!  All my favorites.

Anyone have photos to share of your department's fun events--or even not so fun events?  Bring 'em on!

Monday, October 22, 2012


As a way of bringing you all up to date, I'm posting the photos from the Retirement Brunch held for Ferol Foos on Saturday, September 29th.  If you weren't there, you missed a fun party; if you were there, enjoy looking at how much fun you had!  If you were there but were camera-shy (Bongo certainly wasn't shy!), let me know. 

Here we go: 

Judy Smith, Fanny Easterly, Ferol Foos
Judy Smith, Michelle Donlin
Cindy Barrilleaux and Bongo Braunstein
Cindy Barrilleaux, Stephanie Braunstein, Carla Pritchett, Michele Pope

Rob Bremer, Melanie Sims, Judy Smith, Fanny Easterly (Debbie Cannon in the background?)
Ferol Foos, Frances Thomas

Frances Thomas, Debbie Cannon, Ferol Foos
Michele Pope, Judy Smith, Rob Bremer, Elissa Plank, Lynette Tamplain, Stephanie Braunstein--facing others
Elissa Plank, Bongo Braunstein

Friday, December 9, 2011

Depository Distribution is on the Move!

Please read below and add comments as appropriate:

FDLP Connection - Featured Articles
Written on Tuesday, 06 December 2011
Ringing in the New Year also means a big move for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distribution operation. In an effort to improve efficiency, save money, and better serve FDLP libraries, depository library distribution will be operating out of the GPO Laurel Warehouse in Laurel, Maryland, effective January 4, 2012. The move from the main U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) headquarters building in Washington, D.C. will take place in December 2011. This effort will decrease the cost of warehouse space for the FDLP and take advantage of more up-to-date facilities that are better suited for the FDLP distribution functions.
A cross-organizational team of GPO staff members has been developed to manage this project. For several months, staff members from GPO’s Library Services & Content Management (LSCM), Publication & Information Sales (P&IS), Information Technology & Systems (IT&S), Operations Support, and Plant Operations/Building Services have been collaborating on making this move as efficient as possible and as seamless as possible for FDLP libraries. First, GPO staff began with a feasibility analysis to ensure that this move was the right “move” for the FDLP and GPO. Next, a Concept of Operations document was developed that served to document the details of the move, capture the current and future states of operations, and plan the desired objectives and outcomes. Staff in D.C. have also been working closely with “our new neighbors,” P&IS staff, who already occupy the Laurel Warehouse.
The GPO team will also be conducting extensive quality control exercises on the FDLP distribution workflow post-move to ensure that the operation is fully-functional at the new location. Throughout this transition, it is our number one priority to make this move with as little disruption to libraries as possible.
All FDLP distribution operations will be moved. This includes:
Depository box preparation and shipment
Receipt and processing of shipping list claims
Depository stock receipt and warehousing
International Exchange Service (IES) box preparation and shipment
What can libraries expect?
December 2011: The last box shipments will be mailed from Washington, D.C. to libraries. Libraries will continue to receive separate shipments of individual titles into late December.
December 2011: Libraries may continue to submit claims for material missing from October, November, and December shipments; however no claims will be filled until the transition period ends in January 2012.

Boxes will be mailed to and from the following address:
U.S. Government Printing Office

Federal Depository Library Program
Document Warehouse
8660 Cherry Lane
Laurel, MD 20707-4986

Libraries can expect to receive shipments and claim fulfillment from this address. All returned shipments from libraries will be sent to this address as well.
Late December 2011–January 3, 2012: No depository shipments will be shipped out to libraries. Each year during the holidays, there is a two-week lull in paper and microfiche shipments.
January 2012: Some libraries may receive their shipments on a less frequent basis (i.e. less than 1 box per week) until the FDLP distribution operation is fully implemented. Claims fulfillment will resume.
January 2012–February 2012: Expect more shipments and more titles per shipment as GPO catches up on distribution.
The USGS map shipments will not be affected by the distribution move to Laurel.
Contacting Us
During the transition period, please continue to submit paper claims through the FDLP Desktop’s Web Claim Form. Claims will not be filled and shipped to libraries until January 2012 when shipments to libraries resume.
askGPO inquiries received in December will be monitored and answered. Inquiries related to shipments, claims, and return shipments will not be acted upon until distribution activities resume in January.
Modifying Your Address
If you would like to modify your library’s address for physical shipments, please use askGPO.
The staff at GPO appreciates your patience and understanding as we work to make this transition. Making the move to Laurel will help us better-serve FDLP libraries and uphold our mission of keeping America informed.

Monday, November 7, 2011

ALA | Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

Follow this link to see what ALA is proposing to help smooth out the current controversies with GPO:

ALA Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Superintendent of Documents--New Commentary

While you may have already been informed that the new issue of the FDLP newsletter is available, I want to make sure all of you see the commentary by Mary Alice Baish, our new Superintendent of Documents.


GPO/FDLP News from the Frontlines

I promised to update this blog a while back; and now that I have so much to share for our meeting in Lafayette on Friday, I'll start by putting a lot of current information right here.

As most of you know, there has been a lot of controversy over a couple of issues having to do with how, in this time of great change in libraries, the current system of Regional and Selective responsibilities are being tested and, for some FDL's, are failing.

One of those tests involves the dropping to Selective status of Michigan's only remaining Regional and the arrangement that they made with Minnesota to take over the duties of Regional for Michigan. This arrangement was not approved by GPO, primarily because the new Administration at GPO/FDLP is not approving any new multi-state Regional/Selective arrangements.

The other prominent test involves the approval of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP)--a.k.a. the Centers of Excellence Program. As you all know, LSU and LaTech have both signed on as Centers of Excellence participants; and LSU is already working with aspects of the ASERL Disposition Database.

The controversy surrounding this second test has developed because the prior Administration at GPO/FDLP gave "informal" approval to the ASERL project, and now the current Administration is questioning if the project meets legal standards.

In this first of what will probably be many posts, I will insert links to documents that, when read in chronological order, give details about both of the tests.

Enjoy the drama!