ASERL Offers Discussion Draft Proposal for Coordinated Management of Federal Documents Collections in Southeast

During its recent 2010 Spring Membership Meeting, the members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) unanimously approved a draft proposal for coordinating the management of Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) collections in the Southeast Region. The draft proposal and an Executive Summary are available via the ASERL website, www.aserl.org.

The proposal was drafted as a means of starting a dialogue between library deans and directors, documents librarians and others about how to effectively manage the extant FDLP collections as a regional asset. The document proposes options for standardizing and simplifying the FDLP collection management processes within the region.

Highlights of the proposal:

  • A brief overview of the law governing aspects of the FDLP program, specifically focusing on requirements for managing FDLP collections;
  • A recommendation to expand ASERL’s “center of excellence” model to build two comprehensive-as-possible, cataloged FDLP print collections held collaboratively across FDLP libraries in the Southeast; and
  • New, standardized processes for managing the disposition of FDLP documents within the Region to reduce workload, balanced against a more robust acquisitions process that emphasizes local collection development needs.

The proposal does not imply that there will be only two Regional Depository Libraries in the Southeast Region.

ASERL has created an online survey form as one means of receiving input on this proposal from library deans and directors, documents librarians, and other interested persons. This survey will be available at http://tinyurl.com/aserl-fdlp-2010 until Friday, July 30, 2010.

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