As nations and states rely more on electronic communication, it will be essential to ensure equal access to the "infrastructure of democracy". Because of their commitment to free public access and freedom of speech, libraries will play a key role in this area. However, because libraries are under continual pressure to reduce their expenditures, government cannot abandon its responsibilities in this area.

According to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Electronic Transition Plan 1/2, nearly all of the information provided through the FDLP will be electronic by the end of fiscal year 1998. Information which has been distributed to depository libraries in paper and microfiche formats will be available instead via remote electronic access or will be disseminated in a physical electronic format for local access at a depository library.

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