Toward a Vision of the Government Information Environment of the 21st Century: A Draft Outline
July 22, 2005
The Federal Depository Library Program operates in an environment that has changed drastically over the past decade. The federal government has increasingly migrated its information resources to the Web and the Web is increasingly becoming the preferred avenue of access for many if not most information users. Federal Depository Libraries are no longer exclusive locations for access to government information. The current information context raises questions in four key areas: developing new roles for libraries in the non-exclusive government information environment; managing collections and delivering content; adding value; and deploying expertise. Discussion prompted by these questions will help shape the community’s vision of the government information environment.
Depository Library Council members are using the following questions to guide us as we draft papers on each of these important challenges. These papers will be posted in early September for wide comment and discussion. It is our hope that these papers will help us focus the discussion as we envision our future as providers of government information at the Fall Depository Library Conference. You can post comments here: http://dlcvisionoutline.blogspot.com
While we welcome comments on the outline at this time, we encourage your more deliberative attention to the papers to be posted in September.
Please post general comments here, or see below to comment on specific sections of the outline.