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Newsletter of the Federal Depository Library Program

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September 15, 2003

GP 3.16/3-2:24/11
(Vol. 24, no. 11)

2003 Minimum Technical Requirements Effective October 1, 2003

In accordance with the schedule established to regularly increase workstation requirements, new minimum technical requirements for workstations in Federal depository libraries will go into effect October 1, 2003. These requirements were originally issued as the "2002 Recommended Specifications for Public Access Workstations in Federal Depository Libraries" in Administrative Notes, v. 23, # 8, (6/15/02) <http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/adnotes/ad061502.html>.

All Federal depository libraries must meet the minimum technical requirements to keep pace with technological change in order to fulfill their Title 44 obligation to provide access to Government information products. The Library Programs Service (LPS) will continue to issue Recommended Specifications for Public Access Workstations in Federal Depository Libraries each spring to assist depository library staff in planning for new computer purchases.

As another step in the transition to an e-FDLP and in accordance with Depository Library Council recommendations from its spring 2000 meeting, a schedule was established to regularly increase workstation requirements. Fifteen months after issuance, recommended specifications will become minimum technical requirements. The requirements, the recommended specifications, and the schedule are all available from the FDLP Desktop at <http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/computers>

Any questions about the Minimum Technical Requirements or Recommended Specifications should be directed to Cynthia Etkin at <cetkin@gpo.gov>.