GPO Opens Nominations for Federal Depository Libraries of the Year

In this month’s issue of FDLP Connection, the Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that it will honor for the first time two Federal Depository Libraries of the Year: one regional and one selective. The awards will provide special recognition to libraries that have furthered the FDLP’s mission of ensuring the American public has free access to its government’s information.

GPO is calling for nominations of libraries that have demonstrated exceptional innovation, collaboration with other libraries and community organizations, and other accomplishments that greatly enhance public access to federal government information.  The criteria for selection includes outstanding promotion of the program, access to a well-defined collection, exceptional preservation standards, and a solid understanding of federal government information needs in the library’s service area. The full list of nomination guidelines in available on the FDLP website. Entries must include library contact information, a short description of the library’s accomplishments, and statistical data, if available.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to acknowledge the work libraries are doing in your community to promote improved access to government information. Law librarians lead the charge in advocating for equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic online legal information, and it is crucial that the contributions of the FDLP be recognized.

In 2008, the Law Library for San Bernardino County was named FDL of the year. Law Library Director Lawrence R. Meyer said at the time:

“We are deeply honored and privileged to receive the award. We appreciate its significance to the depository community and the recognition the award conveys specifically to the Law Library for San Bernardino County as well as the recognition it places upon all Law Libraries that participate in the FDLP as selective depositories or through shared housing arrangements. In particular this award emphasizes the importance of publicly accessible county law libraries to the FDLP.”

Do you know a stellar Federal Depository Library? Submit your nominations for the 2012 Federal Regional and Selective Depository Library of the Year and tell your colleagues to do the same!

Nominations are being accepted online through July 31, 2012. The winners will be awarded by Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks during the Depository Library Council Meeting & Federal Depository Library Conference on October 15, 2012.

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