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Librarian Celina McDonald testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday at a House committee hearing regarding the Federal Depository Library Program.
McDonald, librarian for Government Documents as well as the subjects of law, criminology and criminal justice, advocated for greater flexibility and control in managing the government publications UMD receives as a federal depository library.
Though many government publications now originate online, policies for which and how many materials libraries retain are determined by federal law.
The University of Maryland became a federal depository library in 1925 and a regional depository library in 1965, now serving 59 libraries in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.
The Federal Depository Library Program, administered by the Government Publishing Office, exists to make government information freely accessible to the public.