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.