On Tuesday, the Wyoming State Library hosted visitors from the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Jaime Huaman, outreach librarian, and Robin Haun-Mohamed, director of collection management and preservation, made the WSL their first stop on a tour of many of the Wyoming libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.
FDLP depository libraries provide informed access to historical and current federal government resources. Wyoming’s FDLP libraries are all selective depositories that have different collection development priorities based on their institution’s and community’s needs.
The State Library focuses its federal documents collection on Wyoming-specific topics, such as energy (including wind development), agriculture, minerals, topo maps, and documents from the Dept. of Interior and Bureau of Land Management. In addition, WSL houses remote storage for items withdrawn from other Wyoming FDLP depository libraries, but still available through WYLDCAT.
“They were really impressed with what we’re doing here,” said Tekla Slider, WSL federal documents librarian, “They liked the collaboration in Wyoming and the things we’re doing to make materials, particularly maps, more accessible to the public.”
In addition to the site visit, Jaime provided an hour-long training session for the WSL reference staff, introducing basic government resources in print and online formats. She also highlighted webinars hosted by the FDLP Academy that cover more specific topics.
From the WSL, Jaime and Robin headed to the Wyoming State Law Library yesterday and the University of Wyoming today.