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There has long been great interest in the “collaborative stewardship” of federal government information among library deans and directors and documents librarians in the southeastern United States, who seek a new vision for managing federal depository collections that focuses on local needs and interests while also supporting these collections as a regional asset. In 2006 the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) took steps toward realizing a collaborative model of stewardship by establishing its first program to explore options for cooperative services and collection management of tangible federal government publications. This initiative was fueled both by concerns about diminished public access due to the increasing cost of managing, cataloging, storing, and preserving large collections of historic documents, as well as the increasing pressure on regional depositories to provide services and support to selective depositories during a time of static library budgets and decreasing staff expertise in government information. This chapter will describe the program, which has come to be known as the ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program.


Published in Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship. Dawn Hale, (Ed.). p.77-90. Published by ALA Editions, Chicago, IL, 2016.

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