The Importance of the Federal Depository Library Program
NDSU Libraries Staff with resources from The Public Papers of the Presidents collection
The NDSU Main Library has been approved as a Federal Depository Library Program Preservation Steward for two titles: The Public Papers of the Presidents and The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
What is the FDLP and what is a Regional FDLP collection?
The Federal Depository Library Program is a system of libraries dedicated to providing the public with information generated by the federal government. Regional libraries are expected to house the most comprehensive collections in a state or region. They support the other depositories in the region and insure access to government information. Non-regional collections can discard materials over five years old and are generally smaller than Regional collections.
Why be a Preservation Steward?
Being a Preservation Steward means preserving content for the future. By becoming Preservation Stewards, NDSU Libraries are insuring access to this content for future generations and are providing other libraries with more options for managing their collections.
The Public Papers of the Presidents is a growing collection of considerable interest and contains speeches, executive orders, letters, and other documents, starting with President Hoover.
The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies (sometimes referred to simply as the “Official Record”) is a large collection of Union and Confederate materials from the American Civil War. The volumes contain battle reports, correspondences, and is an important resource for researchers of the American Civil War.
Why is paper important?
Electronic versions of documents are wonderful. They expand access and make research easier, but there are also preservation issues with this format. We do not know how long the digital version will be viable with changes in technology. Paper is still an important format for preservation. From a paper copy, digital versions can be created.
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