The Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP): ASERL’s Plan for Managing FDLP Collections in the Southeast

About the Collaborative Federal Depository Program

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The U.S. Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) disseminates information products from all three branches of the Government to over 1,100 libraries nationwide, including more than 240 libraries in the Southeast.  Most depository libraries selectively add U.S. government publications to their collections (commonly called “Selectives”). However, Regional Depository libraries accept the responsibility for receiving all Federal publications, coordinating statewide depository activities, facilitating communication among depositories, and acting as backup collections. All depository libraries — both Regionals and Selectives — provide the public with free access to both printed and electronic federal information.

In 2006, members of ASERL unanimously authorized the creation of a new ASERL program to explore options for cooperative services and collection analysis for Federal government publications to improve public access to those collections within member institutions.  In 2009, ASERL was awarded a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support ongoing development of the ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP).  Since that time, Depository Libraries within the Southeast (ASERL member and non-member alike) have continued to explore ways to improve the management of, and access to, Federal government information for the citizens of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Southeast Region Guidelines for Management and Disposition of Federal Depository Library Collections:  The Collaborative Federal Depository Program




The Guidelines present the common set of collection management and disposition policies and procedures, as well as documented best practices that are the foundation for the CFDP.





The CFDP addresses the increasing cost of managing, preserving, and providing access to large collections of Federal government publications through the creation of comprehensive collections known as “Centers of Excellence” (COE) – for Federal government agencies, for a chosen format, or in a chosen subject area. Built upon the foundation of existing holdings at Depository libraries, these collections become more complete with assistance from both Regionals and Selectives in the ten ASERL states.

Centers of Excellence [COE]:

  • actively replace damaged or lost pieces
  • seek to fill gaps in their collections, as necessary
  • provide active preservation for the collection
  • catalog the pieces that they own on OCLC and identify them as the archival copy
  • participate in GPO’s program to set holdings on OCLC for Regionals free of charge, as eligible.

List of Centers of Excellence Libraries

List of Center of Excellence Collections

Becoming a Center of Excellence


The CFDP is governed through a two-tiered structure to foster the growth of the program and provide support and management for long-term, efficient and effective operations.

Depository Libraries in the Southeast Region that are not ASERL members have been, and continue to be, consulted so that the major decisions remain consensus decisions.

Oversight and Governance Committees


The University of Florida developed and hosts software to facilitate the disposition of federal documents within the Southeast as a means of supporting the CFDP.  Policies and practices for use of the database are outlined in the Guidelines.

The Disposition database uses contact information from the Federal Depository Library Directory and participating libraries are asked to please keep their information current.

Login to the Disposition Database at:
To activate a database account, send a request to:

For more detailed information about the ASERL Documents Disposition Database, please see the LibGuide and a demonstration videorecording (2019).

Usage Statistics for the ASERL Documents Disposition Database


Program Listservs:

Resources for Centers of Excellence

Collaboration with the Government Publishing Office (GPO)

CFDP Archived Materials

Program Contacts:

Cheryle Cole-Bennett, Program Coordinator
Telephone:  470-222-4960

John Burger, Executive Director
Telephone:  404-727-0137