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50th Anniversary as a Depository Library

October 30, 2017

The Noel Memorial Library at Louisiana State University Shreveport celebrates 50 years in the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO’s) Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

Noel Memorial Library was designated as a selective depository library by United States Representative Joe D. Waggoner, Jr. on November 6, 1967. Since that date, documents have been selected for the collection based on the curriculum of the university and the informational needs of the community. The library receives federal documents both in print and electronically, and includes books, journals, microfiche, CD/DVDs, and maps. As of 2017, those holdings exceed 226,000 items.

The original documents librarian was William McCleary, followed by Brenda Brantley, Sue Brown, Julienne Wood, and the current coordinator, Rachael Green who has held the post since 2005. Through the FDLP, approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide work with GPO to provide public access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government. All of these libraries, in partnership with GPO, work in support of Keeping America Informed.