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November 15th, 2010
Alkek celebrates 55 years as federal depository library

STAFF REPORT

The Alkek Library at Texas State will celebrate its 55th anniversary as a Federal Depository Library with two events Wednesday at the LBJ Student Center Ballroom.

A government information fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. At 7 p.m., State Demographer Lloyd Potter will speak on “Demographics and Sustainability.” Both events are free, need no reservations and are open to the public. Potter’s topic also ties in with Texas State’s Common Experience theme of “Sustainability: Science,  Policy and Opportunity.”

Texas State was designated as a Federal Depository Library  in February of 1955 due to a request by its most famous alumni, the late President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was then U.S. Senate majority leader. As such, the library receives and retains documents used by nearly every agency in the federal government and makes them available for public use.

The information retained includes tax information, census demographics, Texas topographic maps, Supreme Court cases, small business information and numerous other special congressional and special agency reports.

Teachers,  state and and government officials and citizens use federal depository libraries to access public records, including the daily Congressional Record and Federal Register, congressional bills, court decisions, consumer guides, topographic maps and hundreds of reports, regulatory documents and guidelines issued by government bodies ranging from the Census Bureau to the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Drug Administration, U.S. Supreme Court and other others provided by the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Texas State is the only government depository for the 25th U.S. Congressional District in Texas, which is currently represented by Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin.) Alkek is one of more than 1.200 information centers designated as a Federal Depository Library throughout the nation.

The Federal Depository Library Program was created by Congress in 1813 to ensure that the American public had access to government information.  The U.S. Government Printing Office administers the program and provides the network of libraries with the tools they need to keep citizens informed.

The Federal Depository Libraries allow citizens to explore publications, journals, electronic resources, microfiche, microfilm and more on hundreds of thousands of topics free of charge.

The library at Texas State also enables online access to key government information at www.library.txstate.edu/about/departments/gov-docs.html.

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