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The Library and Michigan Senate Bill 571

In Michigan, if a reference librarian performs their duty of providing a patron with information, it could now be viewed as a criminal act.

From Ugly Duckling to Swan: The Hidden Beauty in Government Information

Over the years, hard-copy materials have been boxed up by the Government Printing Office (GPO) and sent to more than 1,200 university, public, and special libraries in the United States that agree to act as depositories for the information through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The government documents librarians who oversee these collections are committed to their unique role and expertise. Currently, depository libraries, both academic and public, are poised to bring government documents into the mainstream of information since so many of these resources are now available online. Unfortunately, due to the current drastic budget cuts libraries are facing, this information is a threatened resource that all librarians should be prepared to defend. The best way to preserve valuable government information is to promote its use to our patrons. Let’s not wait until what we’ve got is gone!