The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) joins the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in advocating for the reversal of several recent decisions regarding the future of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
GWLA members emphatically believe that the future of the FDLP lies in collaborative projects, including shared and multi-state regionals, as well as digitization and preservation models such as those launched by Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), and HathiTrust.
GWLA and its members firmly believe that all of these models are in compliance with Title 44 USC, and that FDLP libraries should be free to develop additional innovative models to manage and improve digital access to these critical collections.
The free and open public access to information that the FDLP provides is consistent with the research, outreach, and open access missions of GWLA member institutions. Recent decisions by the Superintendent of Documents and GPO are incongruous with the future direction of libraries and the demands of the communities they serve and should be reversed immediately.
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 32 prominent research libraries located across 17 Midwestern & Western states with common interests in scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education.
Ten GWLA member institutions hold Regional status within the FDLP program; an additional 21 are Selectives. Twenty-five GWLA libraries are also members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).