The libraries of the University of South Carolina, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida are participating in an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant-funded demonstration project called "Cooperative Federal Depository Program" (CFDP) under the leadership of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and built upon the existing Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) administered by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).
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This program seeks to provide workable solutions to address the increasing cost of managing, preserving, and providing access to large collections of Federal government publications through the creation of several comprehensive collections, known as "Centers of Excellence" (COE)*, of U.S. government information from each Federal government agency. Built upon the foundation of existing holdings at Federal Depository libraries, these collections will become more complete with assistance from both Regionals, libraries who collect government information comprehensively, and Selectives, libraries who collect government information selectively, in the ten ASERL states.
Centers of Excellence will:
ASERL believes creating these COEs will result in more reliable and predictable access to Federal publications for all libraries and citizens in the Southeastern states by specifying which Federal Depository libraries have the most complete holdings for each agency. ASERL appreciates the effort that all service points at their “centers” are putting into making sure their users know about the availability of these rich resources.
* The phrase Center of Excellence is used here as it is used within the U.S. FDLP to identify a library establishing a collection and related services focused on a specific Federal agency or subject area represented by Federal documents. This is distinct from, and unrelated to, the Florida program of the same name that is intended to bridge the gap between academia and industry.