We strongly urge G.P.O. to work with technology and archives experts to ensure the historic preservation of government materials. Depositories empower citizens to search for back-dated publications in the familiar setting of a library, with the assistance of a specialist. In a worst case scenario, we fear that long-term electronic storage will make information requests into a FOIA-style arrangement: the information will be legally available, but will require time, money, and too much effort on the part of the information seeker.
---Cass Hartnett, Detroit Public Library