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The project is designed in phases: Phase One formally designates one print copy of each title and volume shelved at an RLF as the foundation for the shared print archive; Phase Two ensures a complementary digital copy of all items designed as part of the archive is available; and Phase Three identifies print holdings shelves shelved on campuses across the UC Libraries to formally designate as part of the archive, and ensures a digital copy is also made available. After completion of those actions, Phase Four ensures that this project cycle is designed to address focuses on new federal government information we acquire in any format, as well as addresses previously acquired non-print formats and born digital publications (if desired).

Background Documentation


The oversight team is a small group of people who represent key aspects of the project; their appointments continue through completion of Phase Three.    The membership of the team will evolve as needed, with confirmation of changes handled through DOC.  Additionally, the team will be calling upon the expertise of other staff at CDL, the RLFs, and the UC Libraries -- especially members of the original project team and GILS -- as needed for specific aspects of this project.


The implementation oversight team investigates issues, evaluates approaches, develops processes, and confirms procedures involved in all aspects of completing Phase One (print archive from the collections at the RLFs) and Phase Two (digital archive from the duplicate collections at the RLFs).  , Phase Two, and Phase Three. As the team identifies special issues they can adjust scope in consultation with DOC.  For example in September 2015 approval was given to run a campus pilot project with UCR in preparation for understanding the processes and resources required for Phase Three which involves review of on-campus holdings with each UC campus library. 

Initial work included:

  • filing a Selective Housing Agreement
  • confirming our disposition process with the California State Library
  • implementing a system for managing large-scale offers to other CA depository libraries
  • gauging the accuracy of RLF records and shelving prior to disclosure of items as shared print
  • testing the workflow and procedures for items designated for Google sheet-fed digitization
  • advocating for HathiTrust to provide full-text downloadable views of federal government documents
  • developing the standards for disclosure for these government monographs and serials
  • reviewing records to identify the copies for retention, digitization, and offers/withdrawals
  • confirmation of a method for disclosures
  • completion of identification and disclosure of items currently shelved at the RLFs
  • confirmation of process for reviewing and handling items currently shelved at an individual UC campus (pilot with UCR)
  • initial analysis of progress made and resources needed to continue the project into the next phase.

Current work focuses on identifying US federal documents within collections held at individual campuses (UCR, UCSD, UCB, and UCLA) to:

  • confirm items for addition to the shared print collection with appropriate disclosures
  • send items for digitization to add to the digital collection corpus
  • select items for offers/withdrawals
  • Progress (aim for all to be completed before summer 2021):
    • Monographs completed at: UCR
    • Monographs nearly completed at: UCSD, UCLA, UCB
    • Monographs beginning at: UCD
    • Monographs still in queue at: UCSB, UCI (the remaining UC Libraries confirmed non participation)

The next focus would be on US federal documents cataloged as serials. Investigations underway to recommend the most efficient approach to handling this work based on our experiences with the RLF collections and the UCR pilot.

Out of Scope

FedDocArc focuses initially on US federal documents exclusively, thus does not include state or international documents. Initial review is exclusively focused on printed items; later phases focus (Phase Four) may deal with microformats, maps, CDs and born digital items.


In September 2017, the oversight team submitted an interim report with an assessment of the project and recommendations for next steps. The report was reviewed and approved by the Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC) and the Council of University Librarians (CoUL) with a final version shared with UC Libraries in February 2018.  Work the individual UC campus libraries continues.  Updates will continue to be provided at least on an annual basis.  Significant new recommendations will be drafted as proposals for discussion with DOC and CoUL.

Fiscal Considerations

Initial resources for the pilot phases are being provided by current staffing at UCB, NRLF, and SRLF to enable the oversight team to better understand the type and scope of work involved and resources required to create the best lightweight implementation of the creation of the archive while also ensuring a quality result for the UC Libraries.  If additional resources are required, those will be documented and requested through the UC Direction and Oversight Committee ( DOC).

Schedule Considerations

The project began in December 2014. Phase One ran spanned January 2015 – September 2017.  Phase Two began June 2015 and some UC Libraries continue to send items for digitization which are contributed to HathiTrust and designated as federal documents.  Phase Three began in September 2015 with a pilot at UCR; that  with ; the remaining work is was estimated to take through 2022. These dates will be affected by the availability of Berkeley's programmer staff to contribute to this project, the availability of RLF staff in light of other CoUL-approved projects happening simultaneously at the RLFs, complications in comparison of records/holdings across campuses, and logistics to be coordinated with CDL and Google.