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FDLP Resource Guides
Beginning summer 2023, we are updating our guides. You may notice changes to the look and feel of our existing guides. If you have any questions or experience any issues, please contact askGPO.

FDLP Succession Planning

Recommended Tasks for Day One

The succession plan should include first steps for the new coordinator. Make sure someone will provide the plan to the coordinator on their first day.

These are some suggested tasks for Day One:

Featured GPO Resources

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FDLP Web Archive

Click on the tabs of this box to learn about the featured GPO resources that are helpful for depository coordinators and library staff that handle FDLP operations.

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Explore FDLP Archive-It, which "harvests selected U.S. Government Web sites in their entirety."

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The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) is free online resource of bibliographic records for U.S. Government publications. To learn more about how to use this catalog, check out CGP Search Tips/Help.

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While freely available for the general public, the FDLP Academy offers webinars and webcasts for Federal depository libraries. Its mission is to "create and deliver enhanced educational opportunities to the FDLP community by fostering collaboration, by facilitating knowledge sharing, and through the application of new methods and use of multiple mediums" about Federal Government resources.

As examples, here are some webinars from 2022 and 2023:

The FDLP Depository Operation Training Series (DOTS) are webcasts for depository coordinators on how to manage their FDL collections. Recordings with accompanying slides include

FDLP Resource Guides provide information about the Federal Government and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). There are two types of guides: Subject and FDLP Information. “Subject Guides” explore a variety of topics that concern the Federal Government for the general public. “FDLP Information Guides” contain resources and guidance for Federal Depository Libraries about operations and services.

Here are some guides to explore:

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GPO catalogers place bibliographic information on records about various topics in GitHub. Some of the records are brief bibs or preliminary records. Almost all of the records are for online versions of the resources.

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GovInfo has featured collections on types of Federal Government documents and topics. Visit the Tutorials and Handouts on how to use and search in GovInfo.

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Check out MetaLib as a Federal search engine tool. It searches through multiple Federal government articles, citations, databases, and reports.