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FDLP Coordinator Calendar: December

Suggested tasks, tips, training, and other resources for busy depository coordinators.

FDLP Tip of the Month

Interested in how things used to be at your depository? You might have them in your own files, or you can contact your regional or GPO's Federal Depository Support Services to ask for copies of past Biennial Surveys and assessments/inspections from your "official file". You may find gems like these:

handwritten GPO does okay

handwritten our depository is a gold mine

Reference Resource of the Month

Your Guide to America's Finances is updated annually and presents information and useful graphics and comparisons about the Federal government's revenue, spending, deficit, and debt.

FRASER is an extensive digital library of economic and financial information. It's hosted by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. The site also has an education page with free resources to use for 6th grade and up.

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Image of the Month

photo of Nellie Tayloe Ross

Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first female governor (WY) and the first female director of the U.S. Mint. This photo from the Library of Congress shows her at her farm in Maryland in 1938. 

Task of the Month

Elevator speech

Why should we be in the FDLP, what's the value of the program? 

Isn't everything online now anyway? 

Nobody is using the print collection, right?

You will likely be called on to answer these questions, whether it's by an administrator, family member, or patron in your library.  Why not have an elevator speech ready?  Your speech should be brief but powerful - you may want to consider themes of civic engagement, successful reference stories, hard data, or a combination of all of those.

Bonus task: have you checked your online guides this year and updated them for both broken links and content?

Agency of the Month

Department of the Treasury     

The Department of the Treasury manages the money resources of the United States. That includes regulating banks, determining economic policy, collecting taxes, and manufacturing money for circulation. This agency therefore includes both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Mint, and it can tell you the national debt to the penny.

The department was established by the first session of Congress, in 1789.  Read a history of the Treasury here and see a list of its current bureaus here.


FDLP Academy webinar: Increasing Access and Openness in the Federal Government through Transparency.Treasury.Gov

How Coins are Made - For Kids

Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, AL for refusing to give up her bus seat.

December 5, 1933: Raise a glass! Prohibition (18th Amendment) ended when Utah ratified the 21st Amendment. 

Do you use Dewey?  Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal Classification, was born on December 10, 1851.

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

December 21: winter begins (Northern Hemisphere) or summer begins (Southern Hemisphere)

December 25: Christmas Day

Debt to the Penny

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