Connecticut State Library Signs Preservation Steward Agreement with Government Publishing Office

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2017

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     Kris Abery (860)757-6599 Kris.Abery@ct.gov

     Robert Kinney (860)757-6668 Robert.kinney@ct.gov                       

Connecticut State Library Signs Preservation Steward Agreement with Government Publishing Office

(Hartford, CT) The Connecticut State Library is the first Library in New England to become a preservation steward for federal documents. On June 26, 2017, the Library signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become the eighth Preservation Steward library in the GPO’s Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet). Designated the regional Library for Connecticut in 1962 and for Rhode Island in 1982, the State Library’s collection of over 1.5 million federal documents dates back to 1789. Under this agreement, the State Library has pledged to permanently preserve its print collection of Connecticut and Rhode Island federal documents.

“GPO welcomes The Connecticut State Library and its Collection of documents pertaining to New England into this important program of maintaining Government information in all platforms,” said GPO Director Davita Vance- Cooks. “I encourage more libraries to become part of this venture of preserving valuable print collections of Government information.”

State Librarian Kendall Wiggin said, “Now more than ever, it is important to retain original sources, such as federal documents to insure an accurate historical record. Signing this agreement fits with the State Library’s goal of preserving the past to inform the future.” 

The Preservation Steward program was established by GPO to assist Federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient Government document stewardship in the digital era and to support continued public access to historic U.S. Government documents in print format. To learn more about the Federal Depository Library Program visit the FLDP website.

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