GPO Hires First Preservation Librarian by David Rapp.
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced July 14 that it has hired Yale University preservation librarian David Walls its first preservation librarian, to aid the GPO's ongoing digital initiatives.
Walls will be involved with the GPO's ongoing migration of materials from its GPOAccess interface, first launched in 1994, to its current Federal Digital System (FDsys).
The GPO wants FDsys to not only provide public access to government information, but also to preserve that information as technology changes. During his 12 years as a preservation librarian at Yale, Walls was primarily involved with converting materials from "analog"--books, papers, obsolete audio formats--to digital. Today most materials are born digital, and the GPO is exploring using FDsys as a preservation repository for the federal government's digital information.
You may read more about the article at: Library Journal.com July, 19, 2010
The GPO full news release is available at: http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/news-media/press/10news23.pdf