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April 5, 2012

Goodbye, GPO Access

GPO Access marked a quiet revolution in government transparency...

Hon. Robert A. Brady, March 28, 2012

In March 2012, the Government Printing Office (GPO) shut down GPO Access, the online tool that had connected diverse groups of users--scholars, politicians, students, and citizens--with U.S. government information since 1994.

GPO Access was developed as a result of the GPO Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-40), which, in its official title, called for "a means of enhancing electronic public access to a wide range of Federal electronic information." While depositories like Yale University Library continue to provide access to government information, the creation of GPO Access and the proliferation of digital documents has almost certainly changed the way that members of the public learn about and engage with the federal government.

GPO's new site, FDsys, has actually been around since 2009, when the transition away from GPO Access began. Now FDsys is the official site for federal government information, and home to essential resources like the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, the U.S. Code, and the Compilation of Presidential Documents.

April 6, 2012

Senior essayists: apply for the Applebaum Award

Did you write a senior essay in fall 2011 or spring 2012? Did your research include government documents from the Yale University Library? If so, you can submit your senior essay for consideration for the 2012 Harvey M. Applebaum ’59 Award!

The Harvey M. Applebaum '59 Award will be conferred on a Yale College senior for an outstanding essay based on research that incorporates Yale University Library’s government documents collections. The prize is an award of $500.

What types of government documents are eligible for consideration? Anything within the scope of Yale's depository collections:

--United States federal government
--Canadian federal government
--European Union (note: this does not include government documents or information from individual member countries of the European Union)
--United Nations
--Food and Agriculture Organization

If you used items from these collections in print, on microfiche or CD-ROM, or online, consider submitting your senior essay! The deadline is 5 p.m., April 20, 2012.

For more information including eligibility guidelines and application instructions, please see the Applebaum Award website. If you have any questions, contact Melanie Maksin, Librarian for Political Science, International Affairs, Public Policy, and Government Information.

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