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FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program

The next FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program will be offered in Spring 2023. Registration for the next session of the FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program will be announced on FDLP News.

About the Program

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Coordinator Certificate Program presents an opportunity for the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to educate FDLP coordinators on managing depository collections in compliance with the Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program. It brings together GPO and depository libraries to strengthen and improve the FDLP. The program is free to participants, and open to the public. The program is conducted virtually through the FDLP Academy.

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic competencies of managing a Federal depository collection. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate to certify the work performed and knowledge obtained.

About the Classes

The series of eight online classes that make up the program is led by GPO personnel from the Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) Federal Depository Support Services unit. Class size is limited to 30 participants to a cohort in order to facilitate discussion and interaction throughout the program.

The eight classes are:

  • Class One: Introduction to the FDLP and GPO
  • Class Two: Legal Requirements and Regulations
  • Class Three: What’s in the Box?
  • Class Four: Depository Collection Management
  • Class Five: Public Access
  • Class Six: Cataloging and Bibliographic Control
  • Class Seven: Regionals
  • Class Eight: Wrap Up
  • Make up class (only used if a class needs to be rescheduled)

Time Commitment

Potential attendees for the FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program should understand the time commitment of the program. In order to receive the certificate of completion a participant must attend 6 out of the 8 classes and complete all homework assignments.

Each class lasts two hours and there are eight weeks of class. Homework assignments consist of:

  • Writing or updating a collection development policy for your depository documents.
  • Drafting an elevator speech, a one-page summary explaining why your library should stay a member of the FDLP or become a member of the FDLP.
  • Learning what cataloging is and isn’t done at your library. May require a meeting with staff responsible for cataloging of depository documents.
  • Contacting your regional depository coordinator and obtaining information about the weeding process within your state or region.
  • Reading assignments.
  • Reading and posting comments on classmate’s posts.
  • A course evaluation.

More detailed information on each assignment will provided in the program syllabus.

Unable to Commit to an Eight-Week Program?

For those unable to commit to the full eight-week CCP program, recorded webcasts of the classes are available. The webcasts do not include any class participation, discussions, quizzes, weekly readings, and writing assignments that are normally part of the Certificate Program.

The recordings may be viewed at any time. Viewers may opt to view only the recordings of interest to them, but are encouraged to watch the recordings in order, so they may benefit from how the classes build off one another. Viewing the entire series of recordings does not result in acquiring a certificate.

The webcasts are accessible via the FDLP Academy Training Repository, listed as the FDLP Depository Operation Training Series. The recordings and accompanying slides are available for download.

Questions

Contact Federal Depository Support Services at [email protected] if you have questions or comments about the FDLP Coordinator Certificate Program.