No-fee public access to government informationPosted: October 13, 2012
My bags are packed and I’m ready to go to Washington DC to do my bit for “no-fee public access to government information in all forms and from all three branches of government now and in the future.”
Oct. 14-18 brings the DLC Meeting and FDL Conference. For those unfamiliar with this annual ritual, let me explain. The Government Printing Office is a federal agency with several responsibilities, among them disseminating information created by the U.S. government to the American people. This information is made available through about 1200 libraries where librarians with expertise in government information maintain the collection and provide research, reference and informational services. The FDL Conference. During the four conference days attendees discuss content, policies and politics of public information. During the content session there are presentations on census data, public health information and other information sources. The policies sessions discuss upcoming projects such as new databases or collections that will be added to FDsys, and updates on library services and content management. The politics sessions discuss the future vision for the depository library program and the sessions about the forecast recently conducted by GPO will be streamed live.
In the current political climate when many government programs are on the chopping board, advocating from public information is everyone’s responsibility. Follow GPO on Twitter for updates during the conference: #dlcf12 OR #dlc12 OR #fdlp