Shari Laster (a person)

H.R. 5305: The FDLP Modernization Act of 2018

In March 2018, H.R. 5305 was introduced in Congress. The FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 would make changes to the Federal Depository Library Program and other GPO public access programs. As part of a GODORT virtual meeting about the bill, I gave a talk (PDF, 1.3MB) on its provisions. I’m grateful to Gavin Baker at ALA Washington Office for many... Read more

Risk and Reward: Mapping Gaps in Government Information Preservation

(This post originally appeared on the PEGI Project.) At the PEGI Mini-Forum held in conjunction with the Depository Library Council meeting in Arlington, Virginia, in mid-October 2017, we asked some of our attendees to explore the concept of risk as it pertains to long-term access. What types of government information are most at risk? What fac... Read more

Forever is a Long Long Time: Title 44 & the Promise of Public Access to Federal Information

Earlier this month, I gave a talk for the Librarians Association of the University of California, Santa Barbara (LAUC-SB) that outlines some of the major events of the last six months. Today I’m sharing the slides (PDF, 3.5MB) (well, most of the slides) for those who may be interested in this process and the current status of Title 44 reform. Read more


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After the Election: Libraries, Librarians, and the Government

(This post originally appeared on Free Government Information.) Like many of my colleagues, I’m struggling to understand what the results of the Presidential election mean for my work as a government information librarian at a public institution of higher education. In the weeks and months ahead, those of us who claim to value diversity, inclus... Read more