Some of you may recall that at last year's Fall FDLP Conference, Professor Charles Seavey (University of Missouri, School of Information Science and Learning Technologies) participated in a panel presentation about the future of depository libraries, and he remarked that "any library can be a depository." In the August 2005 issue of American Libraries, Professor Seavey elaborated on his idea in an article entitled, "Documents to the People: Musings on the Past and Future of Government Information." At some risk of oversimplification, his primary point is that the era of electronic access presents a new opportunity for any library to connect users to government information. Status as an official depository, while not irrelevant, is not necessary.
Shaw, James T., "Promoting Government Information: Outreach to Non-Depository Libraries" (2005). Criss Library Faculty Proceedings & Presentations. 6.