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Edith Garland Dupré Library’s Federal depository for U.S. government public information is now designated as a Preservation Steward Partner with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). Preservation stewards are partner libraries that commit to retain, preserve, and provide access to specified tangible or print depository resources of the National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information. According to GPO, partnerships benefit and enhance services provided by depository libraries, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), and GPO which “connect the public to its government’s information.”

Sandy Himel, head of the U.S. Government Information collection/depository coordinator and the Cajun and Creole Music Collection, submitted the proposal for preserving depository publications of two agencies: the United States Commission on Civil Rights; and the historical Archive of Folk Song of the Library of Congress. The set of 435 publications from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights consists of hearings, conferences, reports, periodicals, and more representing the period from 1959 to the 2000’s. Topics include education, employment, housing, minority rights, policing, prison reform, women’s rights, and religion. The Archive of Folk Song series consists of 184 bibliographies or lists of publications related to traditional, folk, and ethnic music of the U.S., including our own Louisiana Cajun and Creole music, plus music of other countries.

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