The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Ottenheimer Library has been recognized for its “outstanding achievements and initiatives” with a 2014 Federal Depository Library of the Year award by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The announcement was made by Public Printer of the United States Davita Vance-Cooks at the Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 30.
Karen Russ, government documents librarian, was on hand to receive the award.Awarded annually, the prestigious award provides special recognition to libraries that are advancing the goals of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
This year, the Government Printing Office selected two libraries to receive the award, one regional depository library (University of Iowa) and one selective depository library (UALR).
The award commends the Ottenheimer Library for sharing its expertise with other libraries in the region and across the nation. The library is recognized for “its leadership in scholarship activities that promote government information and depository libraries nationwide and within the five-state region. The library was instrumental in acquiring support and financing for the online U.S. Congressional Serial Set while continuing to preserve and maintain the tangible volumes under a cooperative agreement with other institutions.”
“The library is honored to receive this national recognition. A great deal of care and effort goes into selecting, organizing and providing access to government information. The award is a tribute to the hard work of members of the library’s cataloging department (Donna Rose, Richard Culbertson and Veronica Davis), as well as the energetic leadership and outreach of the library’s government documents librarian Karen Russ,” said interim dean J B Hill.
The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress in the early 19th century to provide citizens with free access to U.S. government information via designated depository libraries throughout the country. There are currently 47 regional depository libraries and 1128 selective depository libraries in the depository program. The UALR Ottenheimer Library was recognized for excellence in the selective depository category.
As a selective federal depository library, Ottenheimer Library collects approximately 37 percent of the online and print publications of the federal government. The library has been a participating member of the FDLP since 1973, and currently provides access to government information in all formats. To learn more about the library’s government information collection, visit the library website.
The library will celebrate the award at a reception on the first floor of the library at 2:00 p.m. on May 6.