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August 4, 2003 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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GPO Closes Five Bookstores

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that it is phasing out its 13 remaining brick-and-mortar bookstore operations outside Washington, D.C., an action that will significantly reduce costs. On Aug. 1, GPO bookstores in Los Angeles; Denver; Pueblo, Colo.; Detroit; and Milwaukee closed their doors to the public, the latest in a series of changes marking the GPO's transformation into a primarily electronic information disseminating agency.

The GPO Access site offers more than 250,000 titles free of charge, with public retrievals exceeding 32 million every month. According to the GPO, the service has become one of the principal tools for providing public access to official U.S. government information.

In addition, the GPO is actively transitioning its Federal Depository Library Program, which serves 1,200 libraries nationwide, to a predominately electronic basis. GPO also offers an online bookstore (http://bookstore.gpo.gov). Its catalog includes all titles available for sale and can be searched by publication title, subject, or keywords.

Source: U.S. Government Printing Office



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