In July 1990, the Government Printing Office (GPO) surveyed Federal Depository Libraries to identify those categories of government documents which are considered essential for long-term preservation, and which should therefore be printed on alkaline paper.
The survey was developed after consulting members of the library community and other interested parties, and was pretested in June 1990.
Although other methods of document identification, yielding more precise results, could have been used, the group agreed that the most practical method of identifying materials was to use the 17 categories of documents specified in the "Guidelines for the Provision of Government Publications for Depository Library Distribution."
In conjunction with completing the survey, many libraries added written comments. Some librarians were concerned that, even in categories identified as essential for preservation, titles rapidly superseded need not be printed on alkaline paper. Several librarians also urged GPO to review individual publications prior to printing to ensure that an important publication in a "non-alkaline" category would be considered for printing on alkaline paper.
The following tables display the survey results. (Note: The full set of tables and graphs were published in Administrative Notes: Newsletter of the Federal Depository Library Program, v. 11, no. 19, Sept. 15, 1990, p. 2-7. Only two of the three tables, and none of the graphs, are reproduced here.) Any questions concerning the survey should be directed to the Chief, Depository Services, at 202/275-1119.
Total # in Number
% of Total
No. of Votes*
*Category numbers are taken from the Guidelines for the Provision of Government Publications for Depository Library Distribution, GPO Circular Letter 320, June 21, 1990.