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Keeping Current: FEDLINK Expos


The opportunities that Federal librarians have to network at and attend conferences have been curtailed of late. What remains for us are the FEDLINK Expos that are completely free, open meetings with a webcast component so the community can collaborate.

When are they held? Spring and Fall every year

Where are they held?  Library of Congress and online via iCohere

(subscribe to the FEDLIB list for details about the next Expo)

 At prior year events, I learned these things.

  • The Library of Congress is making a concerted effort to aggregate and publish information about Federal libraries. This is a no-brainer because “If we don’t do it, who else will? “.
  • Other Federal libraries, such as the Marshall Center Research Library in Garmisch, Germany are using WorldShare, a hosted solution for libraries. Staff in the library catalog items in many different languages.
  • Federal librarians are working to formulate Open Access solutions in multiple Federal agencies including DTIC which is acting on behalf of the Department of Defense.

 Who knows what you’ll learn and who you’ll meet at an Expo?

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Revised Handbook of Federal Librarianship Now Online

Revised Handbook of Federal Librarianship Now Online

The newest edition of the Handbook of Federal Librarianship is now available on the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) web site.  The handbook is ongoing project of FEDLINK’s Education Working Group whose members are primarily federal librarians and others who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers.  More than 40 federal librarians volunteered and contributed to the latest edition.


This third edition is a complete revision and update of the previous edition and features sections on

  • Personnel and Hiring
  • Reference and Referral
  • Collections
  • Federal Depository Library Programs
  • Library Management
  • FEDLINK, and

The updated Resources Section features links to federal resources on a variety of topics including

  • Accessibility
  • Digitization and Preservation
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Maps & Plans
  • Medical Resources
  • Military Resources
  • Professional Reading
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Statistics and Datasets, and
  • Technology

To avoid duplicating information already available elsewhere, the FEDLINK working group identified a large body of existing resources and an extensive existing collection on this topic.  Therefore, this handbook only brief treatment of the main points of a topic with hypertext links to web sites for detailed coverage and references to print publications.  The final selection of the handbook has a comprehensive listing with hypertext links and bibliographic citations in the Resources chapter.


To suggest additions or changes to this handbook, please send an email to

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How to Use FEDLINK: Managing your account, services and products.


Learn the FEDLINK procurement process from beginning to end. This class will cover Strategic Sourcing, FEDLINK contracting procedures, procurement authority and eligibility, and will include information on the interagency agreement (IAA) process. Discussion of the benefits of using FEDLINK to procure library services, products and services offered, and how to budget and manage your FEDLINK accounts, including navigating the FEDLINK website to access and interpret monthly bills and statements.

Thursday, November 14, 2013
9:00am – 12:00noon
Dining Room A, Madison Building
Library of Congress

The program will be available via iCohere for those who are unable to attend in person.

This program is FREE, but registration is required – please use the link below to register:

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