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FDLP Coordinator Calendar: October

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

FDLP Tip of the Month

Are you moving your collection or renovating your library building? Don’t forget to submit a contingency plan.

Reference Resource of the Month

MetaLib is a federated search within the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Using this one tool, you can simultaneously search 70 U.S. Government websites and portals, including sites like the FBI Vault,,, CancerLit, and more. 

Try it out or view a webinar on MetaLib.

Image of the Month

photo of Spirit of Justice sculpture

"Spirit of Justice" sculpture in the Department of Justice building. Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.  

Task of the Month

October is the month for the annual Federal Depository Library Conference!  This 3-day event takes place in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The conference is the largest annual gathering devoted to U.S. Government information librarianship in the country, and is a wonderfult opportunity for networking and continuing learning.

It is very helpful to attend this conference in person if you possibly can, although GPO also broadcasts as many of the sessions as possible so that people can remotely attend too.

You can view past recordings and transcripts and see slides on

Agency of the Month

Department of Justice     image of Department of Justice logo

The agency's mission statement: 

"To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

The Department of Justice dates to 1870, along with the Office of the Solicitor General. See all the current units on the Organization, Mission and Functions Manual and Agencies webpages.

Also of interest to depository libraries is the DOJ's Publications webpage and the DOJ Library's digitized legislative histories of significant laws.

Department of Justice Video

Trivia / Social Media Suggestions

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Learn more about bats from the National Park Service during Bat Week.

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S., in Brooklyn, NY.

Holidays, Special Days, and Observances

Columbus Day (second Monday in October)

Department of Justice News Feed

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