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This wiki will help the FDLP community[1] share experiences, tips, photos, press releases, marketing materials, ideas, and more as a way to help others host celebrations/events in their library. As your depository library celebrates an anniversary or significant event, please link to the information and populate this wiki with tips your fellow librarians can reuse.

IN 2007, MANY LAND GRANT INSTITUTIONS WILL BE CELEBRATING THE First 100 Years in the FDLP: Land Grant Depositories that joined the program in 1907.



  • From GOVDOC-L Georgia Chadwick says I am preparing an exhibit for our library and I found a very helpful article written by Carol D. Billings, our library's director. The citation is: Sources for the Study of the Constitutional Era: A Bibliographical and Historiographical Essay. 81 Law Library Journal 47-67 (1989) The description from LLJ is as follows: Heightened interest in the nation's founding and in the intentions of the founders enjoins law librarians to provide materials and reference service for research in the history of the constitutional period. This brief survey of both primary sources and historians' interpretations is intended to aid librarians in selecting historical literature for their own collections and in directing patrons to other research libraries.
  • From GOVDOC-L Peggy Garvin says I have a brief guide to Constitution Day web resources [2] This is a column for the August issue of 
  • NARA's project Our Documents [3]selected the most influential documents in American History, of particular importance the 10 MILESTONE DOCUMENTS. The text of all documents was published in one book in Sept. 2003: Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives(Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), Author: National Archives and Records Administration; Foreword: Michael Beschloss; Introduction: John W. Carlin; ISBN: 019517206X, 0195172078 (pbk.); LCCN: 2003-15080; OCLC: 52846518; Available from the publisher's United States website [4] NARA's website has a few other publications which contain many bibliographical references & research helps relating to the 100 documents. Some of these PDF format files are in the website's section "Information Kit," under "Tools for Educators" (Teacher Sourcebook). SuDoc numbers exist and are printed in this book for the majority of the 100 notable documents, with a few exceptions (for archival-only materials or non-GPO books.
  • E 1.3: 1861.  Department of Education. Bulletin. Bureau of Evaluation and Analytical Services Research Library.  Let us clue you in...putting the public in public documents. October 1989.  #1861.

Materials to Obtain, Adopt, or Create

  • From GOVDOC-L Rachel Carpenter says Here at the Adams Library of Rhode Island College, we will have a display of materials related to the creation of the Constitution and on three major cases which challenged the courts, the Constitution and the nation - Brown v Board, Epperson v. Arkansas, and Roe v. Wade. I have also contacted the offices of our Senators to ask for ( and have received) pocket sized constitutions to distribute at a Campus Activities and Organizations Day. Also, we rush ordered a video series on the Constitution which will be available for classroom and personal use.
  • From GOVDOC-L Donna Burton says These seminal documents of American history [5] are invaluable to the teacher or student, or simply the patriot. Authentic reproductions of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence are produced on paper treated to resemble antique parchment and are packaged together in a set. The Constitution comes on four pages, so the entire document is legible. Description: Constitution: 4 pages, approx. 14 x 16 inches; Bill of Rights: approx. 14 x 16 inches; Declaration of Independence: approx. 14 x 6 inches. All documents are folded in half. Price: $5.00
  • From NARA: Celebrate Constitution Day! [6] Good images one could print off on a color plotter, etc.
  • From GOVDOC-L Katherine Jenkins says For Constitution Week, I have prepared a PowerPoint slideshow (18 slides) that includes narration (5 fellow librarians narrated along with myself) and focuses on the Delegates from Maryland who attended the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. I researched and crafted together this presentation which will be on a plasma screen display in the lobby of the campus Library. Also, there will be laptops available for students to explore selected interactive websites that are available for students. Additionally, there will be an exhibit which will display items pertinent to the time period of 1787. This presentation has been a collaborative effort with fellow librarians and the provost office on campus.
  • From GOVDOC-L Gwen Sinclair says the Government Documents Art & Design [7] at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Government Documents Collection is a sampling of artwork used on U.S. federal government publications, often very much a product of their times. Although most of the artists were anonymous, you'll recognize Walt Kelly's characters from "Pogo." In addition to the cover art, excerpts from the content are included to provide context.
  • Timeline of the Collection and Services from the University of Idaho Federal Library Depository Library Centennial Celebration 1907-2007 [8]
  • Lsu doc logo
    From Stephanie Braunstein:
    LSU's Middleton Library will celebrate our 100th Anniversary as a Federal Depository on September 28. We are planning on integrating this celebration into the Banned Books Week activities, collaborating with Education Resources and Outreach--we will be addressing the theme of promoting a free society through freedom of expression and access to government information.


  • From GODORT Education Committee: Government Documents Display Clearinghouse [9]

This clearinghouse was established to assist federal depository library staff in creating intriguing and eye-catching displays for promoting government documents collections. A number of displays submitted to us from around the U.S. have been incorporated into this site. This enables others to view displays on numerous topics, as well as the sources used to create them. You can find an alphabetical Subject List of displays which were featured at various libraries. Simply click on the desired topic to view the photos and source list from the respective library.

  • From the Department of Education: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day September 17 [10] Federal Register notice [11]Legislation requires educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. If you would like to plan an "educational program" in your library, there are lots of resources online that may help. This web site would be a good place to start.
  • From NARA: Celebrate Constitution Day! [12]
  • From NARA Our Documents project [13] to select the most influential documents in American History. Text of all 100 notable documents was published in Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives(Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003). Author: National Archives and Records Administration; ISBN: 019517206X, 0195172078 (pbk.); LCCN: 2003-15080; OCLC: 52846518 NARA's website has a few other publications which contain many bibliographical references & research helps relating to the 100 documents. Some of these PDF format files are in the website's section Information Kit, under Tools for Educators.
  • From The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators [14] Includes a 12 page implementation guide which includes suggested activities, a list of web links, and some broadcast and video resources.
  • U.S. News & World Report: American Milestones - 100 Documents that Define our Nation [15]
  • Recommended by John Stevenson: The 1907 Admission of Land-Grant University Depository Libraries: A 90-Year Perspective by Bert Chapman (Journal of Government Information, v26 n4 p385-404 Jul-Aug 1999)
  • From GPO: Promoting Depository Collections and Services [16]
  • From GPO: 43 Land-Grant Universities Celebrate 100 Years in the FDLP [17]


These are the types of questions you may ask yourself when selecting speakers or creating an agenda for a highly visible celebration.

Ideas for an agenda promoting GovDocs

  • Want to showcase a collaboration for your region/state?
  • Got a researcher, project you want highlighted to demonstrate the value of the depository?
  • Is there a legislative issue you want highlighted?
  • From GOVDOC-L Becky Byrum says I have decided to focus on one aspect of the Constitution, the first Amendment and feature books like Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times: The First Amendment in Wartime. I'm featuring a banned book display on the other side of the display area. Seemed to tie together somehow...
  • From GOVDOC-L Nan Myers says We will be using some children's books on the making of the Constitution and the Bill or Rights in order to add color to the display. Our CD person for juvenile literature even ordered some additional items for this purpose back in June.
  • From GOVDOC-L FILMS featuring govdocs can be located by searching the Internet Movie Database [18] but the gold mine was on the University of Maryland's archival site of their government documents exhibits:  "Reel Documents: Government Information and the Silver Screen[19] click on April-September 2004 for a number of films where government documents had a starring or at least a supporting role. 


  • Got a reason to put an elected official on the agenda?
  • Was your depository library designated by a member of Congress?

Note that some land grant depositories were first designated by members of Congress and redesignated to land grant status effective March 1, 1907. Lack of records at GPO and the National Archives regarding the initial designations of libraries may make tracking the dates difficult. Resources to check include annual reports of the Superintendent of Documents (for lists of depository libraries) and the archived course catalogs of land grant institutions. Designation as a depository may be mentioned in the catalog's description of the library.


  • Sunshine Week and Government Documents Promotion. There is a national initiative called Sunshine Week. It has been going on since 2005. The goal of the initiative is to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Since the goal of FDLP is to provide information published by the government, this week is an excellent time to do some promotion. Check out the Sunshine Week website for more information about this initiative.
  • The El Paso Public Library hosted some events during Sunshine Week 2007. There was an evening presentation on March 13, teaching the public about Sunshine Week and how the Government Documents Collection related to it. The library also hosted a Brown Bag luncheon on March 15 to tell people about the FDLP and state depository program. Finally, there was a reception in the main lobby of the library to celebrate Freedom of Information Day on March 16. Along with free food, the Government Documents Department staff handed out keychains, flag pins, and brochures about FDLP. They also answered patrons' questions about the collection and about freedom of information issues.
  • From GOVDOC-L Anna Sylvan says We have offered on regular basis the following classes, both very successful and attended heavily by parents and youngsters.

1. Let Your Uncle Sam Help You with the Homework Need primary sources? Want a full text of Magna Carta? Wonder who signed the Constitution of the United States? Do you know who Jay Apt is? Find the answers to these and other questions using Uncle Sam for Kids home page. Hands-on assistance is available following the class. Class length 1 and 1/2 hours. Class size is limited. Grade 4 & up. Advance registration required. 2. Planning for College When is it time to start thinking about college choices? Is Harvard for me? How about the money? So many questions ... where would I find the answers? Hands-on assistance is available following the class. Class length 1 and 1/2 hours. Class size is limited. Grade 9 & up. Advance registration required.

  • From GOVDOC-L Jenny Groome says In January, financial aid information for college student and tax resources for all are sought after resources. Bring in an IRS agent from a local office to talk about tax changes for the yearly returns. There are numerous resources for small businesses that are government sources. Coordinate displays with the local public library and school libraries in the area. Talk to the faculty about upcoming assignments, and use those topics as a jumping off point for mini-classes.
  • I offered the following two classes at our Public Library's Main Branch that got very good response. One was a gentle introduction to what is available from American FactFinder to regular people (i.e. people not interested in PUMS or deep statistical research). Pretty simple, but when people see those median income or education statistics for their own neighborhoods they get pretty excited. The other was on government funding sources so CFDA and were major sources. This one was better attended than the FactFinder, though I came to learn that many were there because the session counted as credit toward a city mandate for all of its services workers. Still people seemed genuinely grateful to be given some perspective on what most certainly seems like an endless, borderless maze of government information, regulations, and rules.
  • From GOVDOC-L Ian Tuttle says Georgetown University GovDocs Speaker Series in 2004 was the 11th Annual Spring Speaker Series sponsored by the Government Documents Department in Georgetown University's Lauinger Library. Deanna Y. Cooke, Ph.D., spoke on "Exploring the Potential of DC's Universities for Collaboration with the Public Schools: Options Using Community-Based Research." Deanna Cooke is Assistant Director of the Office of Research at the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service. In this presentation, she will discuss an emerging partnership, one that links the university, community, and public schools to promote student advancement/achievement in our local public schools.
  • From GOVDOC-L Susan Edwards says Parents and teachers were very pleased with what was made available to them on government web pages. Check out the site at []. I've offered the following to the public at our academic library but it could just as well be offered at a public library. I've had to limit the enrollment each time, since once the word gets out to the non-profit community they are very interested.
  • Census Workshop for Non Profits and Grant Writers. Do you want to know the number of people in our town, county, or state living at or below poverty level? Would you like it broken down by race or Hispanic ethnicity? Want to know the number of people who are linguistically isolated, disabled, limited in educational attainment, or immigrants? We will look at demographic data from Census 2000 and SAIPE data for children in poverty. This will be a small, hands-on workshop (with handouts for help in doing the searches back in the office. We will learn how to download the data and bring it into a spreadsheet and then do simple manipulations with Excel that make it easier to analyze and present the information.
  • NDSU Libraries celebrate membership; North Dakota State University's 100 year anniversary celebration
  • Hale Library Celebrated Kansas State University's centennial anniversary as a Federal Depository Library on April 10, 2007. Among the highlights were remarks from Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, and State Representative Sydney Carlin. [20]
  • On April 13, 2007, the University of Idaho Library celebrated its 100th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library. In celebration of the centennial the Library announced a contest for students to design a poster to promote free access to U.S. government information. The winner received a $300 gift certificate. Special guest Barbie Selby, from the University of Virginia and a former chair of the Depository Library Council, was unable to attend the festivities due to a snow storm that shut down the Denver airport. With resourcefulness typical of the library profession, Cassandra Hartnett from the University of Washington, Judy Solomon from Seattle Public Library, and Marlin Von Seggern from Washington State University rose to the occasion and presented Selby’s speech, “Connecting People with Government Information for 100 Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Additionally, the program included an open house, tours, educational exhibits, a reception, a presentation about the history of federal government resources at the UI Library by Lily Wai, remarks by Lynn Baird, dean of the library, and Maria Jankowska, head of the government documents department. See the Centennial Timeline and students’ winning posters [21]
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Northwestern Oklahoma State University's Government Documents 100 Years Centennial Celebration [22] The history of the NWOSU depository library is particularly interesting, especially how they rebuilt after the Castle fire. Note their guests at this celebration in February 2007 included then SuDoc, Judy Russell.

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