by Emily Feltren, Director of Government Relations
On June 11, the five major library associations – AALL, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association – submitted a statement for the record in support of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States. The letter cites her extensive knowledge of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and her exceptional management skills, which we believe will allow her to effectively lead the agency in the digital age.
The letter states:
Since becoming Acting Public Printer in January 2012, she has led a rebranding of GPO as the “official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the Federal Government.
In her role as Acting Public Printer, Ms. Vance-Cooks has established a positive and productive relationship with the library community. In May 2012, representatives from our library organizations joined Ms. Vance-Cooks to discuss our priorities and challenges. We appreciated the opportunity to share our concerns and ideas with her.
On June 12, the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held a nomination hearing for Vance-Cooks. The hearing was chaired by Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and attended by Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised Vance-Cooks in a written statement, calling her “uniquely qualified” to lead the agency and urging his colleagues to move quickly to confirm her as the 27th Public Printer. Many other members of Congress have issued statements in support of her nomination, including the Democratic members of the Committee on House Administration who tweeted their support. If confirmed, Vance-Cooks would be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Public Printer.