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May 16, 2007

Purdue Libraries marks century for federal depository library

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The former superintendent of documents with the U.S. Government Printing Office visited Purdue to help celebrate the university's centennial as a federal depository library.

Judith Russell, the former superintendent who is now the dean of libraries at the University of Florida, gave the keynote address at the Purdue Memorial Union. The May event also featured a joint luncheon between the Libraries Dean's Advisory Council and Indiana Networking for Documents and Information of Government Organizations. INDIGO, as it is known, is composed of government document librarians from around the state. The libraries also celebrated with a cake and had demonstrations of online government databases and displays of historic government documents in the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library.

The depository was established in 1907 as the result of congressional legislation extending federal depository library status to land-grant universities. The Federal Depository Library Program, administered by the federal government, provides Americans with access to information produced by the government and paid for with tax dollars.

"We have a number of very valuable government resources," said Bert Chapman, government information librarian and associate professor of library science at Purdue. "We have NASA reports on various space exploration missions, military history, presidential commission documents and exploring expeditions by the U.S. government."

Purdue's depository collections are located in the HSSE Library and other campus libraries, and the depository resources are available to all citizens.

Writer: Jim Bush, (765) 494-2077,

Source: Bert Chapman, (765) 494-2837,

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