Ottenheimer Library receives federal award

The U.S. Government Printing Office has recognized UALR’s Ottenheimer Library for outstanding achievements and initiatives through membership in the Federal Depository Library Program.

Library_2The Ottenheimer Library is one of four in the nation selected for leadership, educational outreach, and commitment to providing free public access to information available from the federal government. It celebrated with an open house reception on Tuesday, May 6.

The library was instrumental in acquiring 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 nIMG_0350ational recognition,” said UALR Library Interim Dean J.B. Hill. “A great deal of care and effort goes into selecting, organizing and providing access to government information.”

Hill said the award was a tribute to the hard work of the library’s cataloging department, as well as the leadership of Karen Russ, government documents librarian at UALR.

Karen Russ, MLS, Government Information Librarian

Ottenheimer Library joined the three other libraries honored for a ceremony on Wednesday, April 30, during the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, D.C.

At the event, Russ thanked the technical services processing division and the late Sarah Ziegenbein of the Central Arkansas Library System, who helped with several UALR-related projects before she passed away in 2010.

Russ also referenced the recent tornado-related devastation in Arkansas, thanking colleagues who had expressed their sympathies.

Depository libraries, located in almost every congressional district, include small public libraries, federal agency libraries, law libraries, and research university libraries.

Other Libraries of the Year include Arizona State Library, Brooklyn College Library of New York City, and The University of Iowa Libraries.

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