NASA June 2010 Microfiche Withdrawal

  • Last Updated: December 31, 1969
  • Published: June 14, 2010

In 2010, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) was informed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Agency-wide STI Program Office that a collection of NASA technical publications contained personally sensitive information and that these publications should not be made available to the public. These documents were distributed to FDLP libraries in microfiche format from the 1980s through the early 2000s.

NASA identified a total of 166 documents that contained personally sensitive information. GPO’s research has indicated that not all of the documents identified by NASA were distributed to depository libraries. Only those that GPO can identify as being distributed to libraries were subject to the withdrawal. Of the 166 documents identified by NASA, 83 were identified as having been distributed to depository libraries. Should additional titles be identified, GPO will issue additional withdrawal actions.

View the list of 83 identified documents and their bibliographic information.

Depending on selection profiles and collection weeding, each library has a varying degree of the 83 documents within their collection. All libraries must identify, withdraw, and destroy (by the best available means) these documents as quickly as possible. A letter with the bibliographic information regarding the June 2010 NASA withdrawal was sent to each depository in a shipment box.

GPO will not send replacement copies in microfiche format. The NASA, Agency-wide STI Program Office provided GPO with official versions of the documents in PDF format with the personally sensitive information redacted. GPO cataloged and PURLed the PDF versions and updated the microfiche cataloging records. The PURL is directed to copies that have been harvested, archived, and stored on GPO servers. To view sample cataloging records for the new PDF version provided by NASA and the modified microfiche record, search the Cataloging of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). Use the ‘Expert search’ and search using the Aleph system number found in the list of items (Example: sys=123456).

Aleph system no. 688435 and 387368.

All newly-created cataloging records and updated records are available in the CGP and OCLC.

All withdrawal and destruction activities were to be completed by September 1, 2010.