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The following e-mail was sent out to the FDLP-L mailing list with a request to share with interested parties:
Subject: GPO Seeks Public-Private Partnership Opportunity in Publishing Services
Although this does not directly affect the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), I thought you would like know about the Request for Information (RFI) that GPO issued today. GPO is seeking to establish a public-private partnership to transform the GPO sales program.
Please feel free to share this information with others who might find it of interest and let me know if you have any questions.
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Public-Private Partnership Opportunity in Publishing Services
Vendors are sought to provide innovative ideas regarding some or all of the services involved in the transformation of the current sales and distribution operations the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).
The goal is to propose, design, and execute a new model for a publications sales and distribution operation on a revenue sharing basis. A successful model will: -- Read More
Anonymous Patron writes "LJWorld.com Reports on Bob Dole. Slowly but surely, Jean Bischoff and her crew of workers and volunteers are making sense of the 4,000 boxes housed in the basement of the Dole Institute of Politics."
Cortez writes "Mean-while out west, the denizens of good - but oh, so very secret - government battle to restrict the public right-to-know anything: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/20 02206225_publicrecords13m.html "The government groups want to solidify their victory in a state Supreme Court ruling last year that lets them keep records secret by invoking "attorney-client privilege," the traditional right of lawyers not to testify about conversations with the people they represent.""
Cortez writes "As librarians are often-times considered kooks for stressing access, you might want to share:
http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/l ocalnews/daily/0313pubrecmain.html "the U.S. Army planned to send up to 900,000 gallons of neutralized VX nerve agent to a local company, Perma-Fix Environmental Services Inc., for treatment and disposal into the county sewer system.
The citizens formed Citizens for Responsible Destruction of Chemical Weapons of the Miami Valley and recruited hundreds of members to loudly oppose the plan. But they also used public records to educate residents and build even more opposition.
"There is a platitude that says information is the lifeblood of democracy," said Ellis Jacobs, an attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, who worked with the group. "There are no truer words than that. Without knowing what's going on, citizens can't hope to influence public policy.""
Anonymous Patron writes "News From New Zealand where Civil Service chiefs will get the power to keep many government files secret forever under a new bill covering Archives New Zealand.
Critics say the bill leaves ample scope for department bosses to bar public access to classes of records and archives they can look at at present.
Former chief archivist Kathryn Patterson says she found heads of departments sought restrictions as the rule, not the exception, in her time and wants the bill tightened."
Anonymous Patron writes "NPR : Hidden Treasures: Opening the 'Public Vaults'. This story is part of the Hidden Treasures Radio Project, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Development Authority of King County, Wash."
In light of the Government Printing Office's reported proposal to stop tangible distribution of all but 50 government titles, readers may be interested in this thoughtful background and proposal by three UC San Diego documents librarians:
Government Information in the Digital Age: The Once and Future Federal Depository Library Program by James A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, and Shinjoung Yeo
[Article to appear in Journal of Academic Librarianship, May 2005, http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jacalib]
Rapid technological change has caused some to question the need for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). We argue that the traditional roles of FDLP libraries in selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving, and providing access to and services for government information are more important than ever in the digital age.
Anonymous Patron writes "This Year a New UK Law allowed FOI requests. Month #1 (January) saw about 4,000 requests. Now We Learn Only seven out of 439 local authorities in the UK are fully ready and receptive to requests for information under the new Freedom of Information (FOI) regime, according to a survey by information management company IDOX plc, released yesterday."
Anonymous Patron writes "One From Fort Worth Weekly Online says Librarians are once again fighting to keep public records public.
â€œThis administration is trying to keep information from the U.S. citizens,â€™â€™ said Monika Antonelli, a UNT librarian who monitors attempts to restrict government information. â€œWhen I worked in government documents at UNT, the cost of the program was [about] 20 cents per taxpayer, and it was money well spent. The Depository Library program received less funding than the budget for military bands. This is not about saving money but about stifling information.â€™â€™
The latest skirmish erupted last month when Russell, at a meeting of the American Library Association in Boston, announced the federal governmentâ€™s 2006 budget would include money for only â€œ50 essential titlesâ€™â€™ for the nationâ€™s 1,250 depository libraries. Hundreds of other documents that the government for years had deposited in the nationâ€™s libraries would no longer be available except online."