This Letter to the Editor was published in College and Research Libraries, September 2009, 70 (4)(2009): 419-420. Submitted in response to a July 2009 article, "The Federal Depository Library Program in 2023: One Perspective on the Transition to the Future." 70 (4)(2009: 351-370.


Letter responding to an article predicting the phaseout of government information librarians in a survey of Association of Research Library (ARL) Directors. We criticize this conclusion maintaining that the multifaceted and interdisciplinary nature of government information makes it more critical that libraries users needing government information resources need to have highly trained and specializing librarians with extensive knowledge of these resources assisting them.


government information, Federal Depository Libraries, research libraries, professional expertise

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