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FDLP Succession Planning


Succession planning is not usually a high priority until it becomes a necessity and time is short. This guide provides recommendations for a smooth transition from a predecessor to a successor on how to manage a Federal depository library (FDL) collection. The resources may also help non-depository staff and administrators fulfill the responsibilities of a FDL during a depository coordinator vacancy

Why Have a Succession Plan?

Change does not always come with advance warning. Having a succession plan:

  • Avoids interruption of processing publications and providing services for patrons
  • Preserves institutional knowledge
  • Documents full scope of the duties and requirements of the FDLP 
  • Contains information for staff training             

Who Should Have a Succession Plan?

A succession plan is for ​​anyone who works with FDLP information, especially the depository coordinator, technical services staff, reference librarians, and student workers who have FDL responsibilities. Not all parts of a succession plan will apply to all library staff or those involved in FDLP operations. Tailor your succession plan to your library operations and workflow.