Members and Agency Assignments - Additional Volunteers Needed
The purpose of the Electronic Documents Working Group is for LPS to work with volunteer librarians, who will identify and evaluate fugitive electronic publications for inclusion in the FDLP Electronic Collection (FDLP/EC).
LPS welcomes additional volunteers. Two or more volunteers can monitor the same agency. Some current volunteers are monitoring large agencies. If you would like to volunteer to monitor the same agency, or one of another volunteers' subagencies, please contact that volunteer.
NOTE: Anyone who discovers what they consider to be a fugitive FDLP electronic publication may submit that information to GPO via email@example.com. The information will then be forwarded to the appropriate Electronic Documents Working Group volunteer. Or, anyone can forward that information directly to the appropriate volunteer.
In its Fall 2000 Recommendations to the Public Printer, the Depository Library Council recommended that "GPO establish a working group for the purpose of tracking selected agency Web sites for online-only government publications, determine the scope of agency online publishing, recommend priorities for inclusion in the FDLP, and examine other issues as identified by the working group."
Volunteer members of the depository community will assist GPO in its efforts to bring online documents into the FDLP/EC. Under the leadership of Diane Eidelman, a group of volunteers was established to work with LPS to increase the number of electronic resources included in the FDLP/EC. Subsequently, another group of law librarians has been organized by Susanna Marlowe and Robert Richards of the American Association of Law libraries, with an emphasis on government electronic legal publications.
On May 24, 2001, Diane Eidelman and John Stevenson met with members of LPS staff in Washington to discuss the project. The purpose of the meeting was to plan the activities between the community volunteers and LPS staff, familiarize John and Diane with the online documents workflow in LPS and determine the tasks to be accomplished.
Working Group Functions (in order of priority)
The main function of community volunteers is to:
The project focus is to identify titles from agency websites that are not included in the FDLP in a tangible format. Candidate electronic publications should meet the criteria in SOD 71.
Working Group Resources
Resources available: (See Reference Materials below)
Information Needed from the Working Group:
The following information is needed in order to process titles/products for inclusion in the FDLP/EC. This is just the minimum information that is required. Additional research may be required, depending on the relationship between old titles and new manifestations that may make the processing of particular titles/products very complex.