Happenings: Alkek Government Info Fair

Alkek Library hosts Government Information Fair to celebrate 55th year as federal depository

Alkek Library is celebrating its 55th year as a depository of government information. The federal depository designation was awarded to the university library in 1955 at as a result of U.S. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson’s request for his alma mater during his term as senate majority leader. Johnson graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1930.

As part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Alkek Library is one of more than 1,200 libraries to receive thousands of federal government publications each year. Documents include the Congressional Report, National Park Service maps, census data and government-issued consumer guides at the Government Information unit at Alkek Library. There’s even a copy of the Roswell Report. Such documents can be cited as sources for academic research.

Additionally, the Government Information unit provides access to a collection of state depository materials and map resources. Texas State university students, faculty and staff can utilize a free topographic map printing service. Education students can find K-12 textbooks and guided reading kits as well as a new die-cut press, for quick and precise cutting of bulletin board materials.

To celebrate the anniversary and to give students the opportunity to learn more, there will be a Government Information Fair on Wednesday  from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. Representatives from both state and federal agencies will be available to answer questions. At 7 p.m. in the LBJSC Ballroom, State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter will cap the day’s events with a speech on the topic of demographics and sustainability.

For more information, call 512.245.3686 or e-mail govdocs@txstate.edu.

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