Recipients of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award


Bernardine Abbott Hoduski Awardees
Year Award Recipient(s)
1994 Rosamund Jacob
Karen Lynn
1995 Dorothy Butch
1997 John A. Peters
Margaret T. Lane
1998 Janet L. Fisher
1999 Barbie Selby
Bette L. Siegel
2000 Five Colleges of Ohio Documents Group
2001 Maryellen Trautman
2002 Not Awarded
2003 Margaret Mooney & John Phillips
2004 Melody S. Kelly
2005 Sue Selmer
2006 Ann Marie Sanders
2007 Thomas A. Stave
2008 Lily Wai
2009 Eleanor Chase
2010 Liza Duncan
2011 Laura Harper
2012 Not awarded
2013 Helen M. Sheehy



The two recipients of the first Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award are Rosamond Tryon Jacob and Karen Lynn. This new award is presented in honor of Bernadine Abbott Hoduski, a founder and still active member of GODORT. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or Federal documents; contributions whose impact while not at the national level, have benefited not only the candidate's institution but also the profession.

Rosamond Tryon photo

1994 - Rosamond Tryon Jacob and Karent Lynn

Rosamond Tryon Jacob (left in photo, with Duncan Aldrich) is the Government Publications Librarian at the St. Paul Public Library. She has been very active in Minnesota's GODORT. In addition, she founded the state newsletter, Docsoup; instituted the annual State Document of the Year Award, and started Metrodocs Plus, an information organization of metro documents librarians and was instrumental in the formation of the Twin Cities Researchers' Group which represents 40 private and public metro agencies. In 1989 she organized the first GODORT exhibit to publicize Federal and state documents at the Minnesota Library Association and in 1990 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Minnesota Library Association. Rosamond Jacob was ahead of most in making electronic depository information available to the public and has served as a mentor in this area to all documents librarians in Minnesota.

Karen Lynn photo

Karen Lynn (left in photo, with Duncan Aldrich) is a middle school media generalist for Prince George's County Schools in Landover, Maryland. As a middle school media generalist she has furthered her professional training through coursework in the area of government documents and as a result has developed teaching materials and guides for her colleagues which promote the use of government documents in teaching. Of particular note is her bibliography, "Teaching with Documents" published as an ERIC document and designed to assist teachers and students in classroom instruction from upper elementary through secondary levels. In addition, she provides for her school faculty of fifty a weekly "Media Center Notes and News" which includes current documents and resources for all curricula levels.

by Jan Swanbeck, published in DttP, v.22, no.2 (June 1994)

1995 - Dorothy Butch

The 1995 recipient of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is Dorothy Butch of the New York State Library. Dorothy Butch has worked for the New York State Library for thirty years. She is best known as the author of the definitive work of New York State Documents, New York State Documents: An Introductory Manual. She also created the New York State classification system which is used by many New York State documents depository libraries and is included in OCLC records. She supervised the New York State Library's transition from Dewey to the Superintendent of Documents classification system for Federal documents and she oversaw the loading of GPO cataloging records into the library's catalog thus providing online access to the Regional Federal Depository collection for the State of New York.

by Jan Swanbeck, published in DttP, v.23, no.2 (June 1995)

1996 - Not awarded

1997 - Margaret Lane and John Peters

The 1997 recipients of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award are Margaret Lane and John Peters.

Margaret Lane has been tireless in her support of and dedication to free access to state publications and information. Her book State Publications and Depository Libraries (Greenwood Press, 1981) has served as a comprehensive handbook for state documents librarians and is the only one of its kind. Her work on compiling the Documents on Documents Collection, serving as Louisiana's Recorder of Documents for over 25 years, and developing and establishing the Louisiana documents depository system are just some of the reasons she was both nominated and chosen to receive this award.

It was stated in her nomination letter, "Though retired, Margaret continues as an active, valued, and enthusiastic member of the State and Local Documents Task Force. Currently she coordinates the Committee of Eight, a group of liaisons between the states and the SLDTF. She has made enormous contributions to the profession on both a state and national level in the past, and remains a most valuable resource for the future.

John Peters was recognized for his many years of service at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and its library, both at the federal and state level. His efforts as the regional depository librarian were well appreciated by the selectives he served. In addition, his efforts at attempting to improve the document depository law in Wisconsin finally paid off in 1992 with the enactment of 1991 Wisconsin Act 285 on April 29th---the culmination of nearly twenty years of attempts.

In addition, John educated several generations of students in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies about government information resources and continues to volunteer his time as a government publications reference librarian at the SHSW Library.

As stated in John's nomination letter, his "contributions have greatly benefited the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, documents librarians, library science students, document collections around the state, and the library profession. He is very deserving of this award."

by Susan Tulis, published in DttP, v.25, no.2 (June 1997)

1998 - Janet L. Fisher

The 1998 recipient of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is Janet L. Fisher, Interim Director, Research Division, Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents. This award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution but also the profession.

Janet has been selected for this award in recognition of her contributions to training Arizona librarians in the use of Federal government information and documentation, in establishing and maintaining channels of communication with congressional offices and among librarians, and in providing leadership to make the Arizona Depository Library Council an active and vital organization.

Arizona depositories have just completed a series of training sessions entitled: "Some Things in Life are Free...Accessing Federal Government Information." It was stated in her nomination letter that "Janet was the driving force behind the statewide training sessions, organizing them, locating funding, working with site libraries and staff, lining up the presenters, and seeing to the technical needs for the presentations at each site... Many local public libraries are actively seeking information from depositories as a result of these sessions."

Janet has contributed significantly to improving the condition, status and abilities of the depository library community in Arizona. In addition to the training sessions, she has helped libraries in inspection preparations, biennial surveys, collection development, or any other assistance necessary to improve the collections and services of the Arizona depositories.

1999 - Barbie Selby and Bette L. Siegel

Two Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Awards were awarded in 1999. Award winners were Barbie Selby, University of Virginia Law Library and Bette L. Siegel, State Library of Massachusetts.

Barbie Selby photo

Barbie Selby is one of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award winners in 1999. She is currently the Documents Librarian at the Arthur J. Morris Law Library, University of Virginia. The award recognizes documents librarians who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or Federal documents. The award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution but also the profession.

Barbie has been selected for this award in recognition of her efforts to promote the visibility of Federal, state and international government information and to improve communication in Virginia among those who work with government information. She has worked with the state's government information newsletter, The Shipping List , (sponsored by the Public Documents Forum of the Virginia Library Association) since 1985, serving as a contributor, columnist and then, Chief Editor from 1993 through 1997.

Her talents in motivating and inspiring others to promote government information led her to initiate two successful efforts to promote documents in Virginia. She proposed that the government information librarians "take charge" of a special issue of the Virginia Library Association's quarterly journal, Virginia Libraries , in 1998, and with her dedication in selling the idea to the journal's editor, outlining the topics, recruiting a team of librarian contributors and serving as the unofficial issue editor, the July/September issue was entitled " Government Documents: Changing with the Times.." When the Virginia Library Association and the Virginia Educational Media Association decided to focus on "home-grown" presentations at their joint 1998 conference, Barbie convinced other documents librarians to participate so that ultimately eight documents related programs were accepted for the conference, two of which Barbie presented.

Barbie has served the Virginia Public Documents Forum as secretary, vice-chair and chair. She has promoted Virginia documents on the national level with her contributions to the Notable State Publications Section of the Journal of Government Information . But her contributions also extend to other areas of documents librarianship; she has made a presentation in 1997 at the Depository Library Conference on her experiences with cataloging government documents; and she gave a presentation in Brussels as a representative of American European Union depository librarians on the ways in which libraries promoted European Union information.

Barbie has contributed significantly to promoting and improving access to government information in the State of Virginia and beyond. And she has inspired and motivated other documents librarians to promote their collections and services in new ways.

Bette Siegel photo

Bette L. Siegel (right in photo, with Sandy Peterson) is one of the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award winners in 1999. She is currently the Documents Librarian at the State Library of Massachusetts. The award recognizes documents librarians who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or Federal documents. The award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution but also the profession.

Bette has been selected for this award in recognition of her guidance, leadership and advocacy of the Massachusetts state documents depository program. During her tenure as documents librarian, the number of state publications available to libraries and their users has nearly doubled since 1992. She has systematically visited state agencies to education employees about and encourage their participation in the state depository program. When depository librarians have difficulty locating a publication or communicating with a state agency, Bette is very effective in finding the appropriate resource or contact within an agency.

One of her nominators noted that Bette single-handedly prepares the quarterly and annual indexes and cumulations of state documents acquired for the State Library and the state depository system. Through her efforts in compiling and distributing the Checklist of Massachusetts State Documents the documents librarians have been given a valuable acquisitions and bibliographic control tool for their Massachusetts state publications collections. She has made it possible for nondepository libraries to build Massachusetts state publications collections by processing all documents for preservation microfilming.

Bette has been an active proponent of both the Federal and state documents programs by articulating her concerns and becoming involved in state and regional government documents organizations such as the Boston Library Consortium Government Documents Interest Group and the Government Publications Librarians of New England. Recently she has been involved in a program through the Boston Library Consortium to visit the local offices of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to educate them about Federal and state depositories, their collections and services . She has served as vice-chair and chair of the Government Publications Librarians of New England as well as serving on several committees.

While the State Library's primary users are legislators and other state employees, Bette's contact with users extends well beyond to include public, academic and research communities. She regularly communicates with other depository librarians on state documents issues; and she assists librarians from across the state and region in obtaining government information. Bette's leadership and tenaciously hard work have made the Massachusetts state documents depository system the effective and responsive program that it is today.

2000 - Government Documents Group of the Five Colleges of Ohio

The 2000 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founder's Award is presented to the Government Documents Group of the Five Colleges of Ohio, a consortium of private, liberal arts colleges, for their project to retrospectively catalog pre-1976 Federal Depository documents. The Hoduski Award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents. This award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution but also the profession.

Each of the five colleges: Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster; have well respected depository holdings and knowledgeable and committed documents librarians, who proposed a project for comprehensively cataloging pre-1976 documents in 1998. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted funding, and with Ellen P. Conrad as Project Coordinator, over 12,000 records have already been handled, with an additional 12,000-15,000 expected to be processed in the second year. The librarians rightly perceived that bibliographic data from this project would not only greatly enhance access to, and service for, depository holdings within the consortium, but would expand access throughout the state, and, by making the records available through OCLC, across the nation. The benefits to all depositories of such a critical mass of high-quality bibliographic data has been recognized, studied, and discussed in the literature for many years, and various forerunner projects have paved the way. The Five Colleges of Ohio have harnessed the individual strength of their member collections, the experience and expertise of their librarians, and have boldly stepped forward, with careful consideration and significant commitment, to successfully implement a project that is creating that critical mass.

Group photo of Awardees

Top row: Jennifer McMullen (WOO), Tom Hinders (OBE)
Second row: Mary Prophet (DNU), Beverly Gage (DNU), Donna Wilson (KEN), Andrea Peakovic (KEN)
Third row: Margaret Powell (WOO), Ellen Conrad (Project Coordinator)
Front Row: Cynthia Cort (DNU), Cecilia Robinson (OBE), Joy He (OWU), Judy Orahood (OWU)

WOO=The College of Wooster
DNU=Denison University
KEN=Kenyon College
OBE=Oberlin College
OWU=Ohio Wesleyan University

2001 - Maryellen Trautman

Maryellen Trautman photo

The 2001 recipient if the Hoduski Founders Award is Maryellen Trautman. The nomination letters highlighted Maryellen's government information service at all levels - state, regional, national and international - over a span of thirty years.

Maryellen Trautman served on the very first Depository Library Council, 1973 to 1976, while Regional Depository Librarian at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. During her time at Oklahoma she initiated outreach and reference services for librarians, agency staff and the public. She had earlier worked as Legislative Reference Librarian in Oklahoma, providing legislative research and indexing all Oklahoma bills.

During her years in Oklahoma, Maryellen helped to organize ALA's Government Documents Round Table, helping to write the GODORT constitution and serving as the first secretary of the Federal Documents Task Force.

In 1979 Maryellen moved to the National Archives where she is still the U.S. Government Publications Librarian at the Archives Library Information Center. Referring to the move Maryellen said, "I was a government publications junkie for years; coming to Washington let me meet the people who write them." The Archives Library Information Center has a large and unique collection; much of Maryellen's day is spent in retrospective cataloging of government publications.

Elsewhere in Washington, Maryellen helped to organize the Documents Interest Group of the District of Columbia Library Association and throughout the years served as chair and secretary of that organization. She is currently the Executive Director of the Society for History in the Federal Government and has been active in the Society of American Archivists, the Special Library Association, and the IFLA Section on Government Information and Official Publications.

Maryellen Trautman is a true life-long champion of government information. Her nominators call her "an activist documents librarian" and "a devoted, concerned, and talented government documents librarian" who "effectively encouraged the use of federal documents in many ways by word and deed ..." She is a most deserving recipient of the 2001 ALA GODORT Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award.

2002 - No award given.

2003 - Margaret Mooney and John Phillips

There are two recipients of the 2003 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award. They are Margaret Mooney, Head of the Government Documents Department at the University of California, Riverside and John Phillips, Documents Department head at Oklahoma State University. The Hoduski Award recognizes a documents librarian who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local, or federal documents. This award recognizes those whose contributions have benefited not only the individual's institution but also the profession.

In presenting Margaret Mooney with this award, GODORT recognizes her pioneering work in automating the check-in process for U.S. Depository materials, and her major role in developing INFOMINE, one of the first library-originated Web-based information services.

Beginning in 1984, Margaret developed a dBASE program to convert the GPO's depository item numbers (on 3x5 index cards) and her institution's selections to a machine-readable file. She shared this information with the depository library community, offering to share the program. She next developed an in-house GPO tape extracting program that used the SuDoc number as the matching element to extract records from the GPO tapes. In 1992, she created a completely automated documents processing program called USDOCS, a dBASE program that fully automated the check-in of depository shipments. The USDOCS program enabled titles to be put on the shelf very quickly with a minimum of staff time. Again, Margaret generously made this program freely available to any and all requestors. The USDOCS program has been used by a number of libraries, beginning with the Oregon State Library. Some libraries combined the USDOCS program with other software programs to convert their shelflists to MARC records. Margaret assisted many of the libraries in adapting the program to meet their specific needs. In her own library, Margaret used the USDOCS program to create a public access catalog for government information titles, and to extract full records from GPO cataloging to provide bibliographic records for the local catalog and the UC Union Catalog, MELVYL.

Margaret's research identifying the average time frame for the appearance of GPO cataloging records, and her study that concluded that a SuDocs number match was the most effective means of matching library holdings to cataloging tapes, were extremely helpful to libraries beginning conversion projects.

Finally, Margaret is the coordinator and managing editor of the award-winning INFOMINE. In 1994, to fill the need for a focused index to electronic government information, Margaret created a web-based virtual library of government information sources with annotations and indexing terminology. Margaret's creative vision, as well as her beginning database, became the basis of INFOMINE, created as separate subject databases and then merged into one database. INFOMINE now includes more than a hundred thousand entries listing Internet resources in twelve different categories. Federal, foreign and international government information sites form the third-largest category. INFOMINE has grown beyond the UC Riverside library to include contributors from a number of academic institutions.

Margaret Mooney's many contributions to government information processing and accessing have had an impact far beyond her local institution, providing many libraries with the tools needed to enhance access to their collections, and developing one of the largest library-developed information portals in the world.

John Phillips has been working with government documents in Oklahoma since the 1960s, when he began work as a student assistant in the very same department he now leads. He rose from a junior librarian to department head and regional librarian, administering the collection, working with a large documents staff, and being extensively involved both within the state of Oklahoma and nationally. Throughout his career he has worked tirelessly to promote documents in Oklahoma.

John's knowledge of government documents is wide-ranging and deep. He is one of the few librarians left who are "walking encyclopedias" of documents material. He can usually tell you which agency died when and what agency replaced it, where to look for obscure early agency publications, and how to decode poorly written bibliographic entries to older Congressional documents.

Oklahoma did not become a state until 1907, and much of OSU's nineteenth century collection exists thanks to aggressive collection development on the part of John. He has a well-deserved reputation as a scavenger who is willing to go anywhere to get historic materials to enhance the OSU collection. When he learns of other libraries offering materials that may fill the gaps in his collection, he will frequently drive hundreds of miles to pick up the materials himself and these trips have resulted in much greater depth to OSU's collection. Indeed, John is on a quest to build a complete collection of historic U.S. documents. Did you know that there is a naval supplement to the War of the Rebellion? John did, and he also knew which volumes OSU lacked. During a recent trip he bought them and shipped them back to Oklahoma from a Virginia used bookstore.

John works tirelessly to make his collection available to the citizens of Oklahoma and provides strong leadership to selective depositories in his state. Some of the activities he has recently been involved in include developing a state plan for the dissemination of electronic government information, devising instructional programs for the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Library Association's GODORT, and organizing workshops on the Library of Congress' American Memory and the Census' American FactFinder. To further educate documents librarians in his state, John typically brings back handouts from the Depository Library Conferences and ALA GODORT meetings he attends as regional librarian, and photocopies enough for all the selectives in Oklahoma. Travel money is scarce for many working in small libraries, and these handouts and workshops are often the only exposure to national information these librarians receive. John has also taught the Government Documents class at the University of Oklahoma Library School many times over the past 15 years. He does this to assure that graduates in Oklahoma are fluent in documents. Many current Oklahoma documents librarians took his class are were inspired to continue in the field.

John Phillips is a life-long champion of government documents. Indeed, his work at in the documents department at Oklahoma State University has, and continues to be, a passion for him, and the citizens of Oklahoma are richer for it. He is a most deserving recipient of the 2003 ALA GODORT Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award.

2004 - Melody S. Kelly

The 2004 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is presented to Melody S. Kelly, Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of North Texas (UNT). This award is presented to Melody for her almost 30 years of leadership that strongly affected the depository library community in Texas. She spent many years as a documents librarian before finally agreeing to leave the documents department for her promotion to Associate Dean of Libraries in 2001. During her years as documents librarian and department head for the Government Documents Department, she insisted that service for patrons be the primary focus of the department, resulting in a glowing reputation on campus as the place to go for help with really difficult research. However, Melody's personal contributions to the field of government information extended beyond the walls of her own library.

Since 1987, Melody has taught the government information course for the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) at the University of North Texas. Her lively personality and insightful wit make her classes as entertaining as they are educational. As one former student stated, "I walked into class to begin my study of what had to be the most boring possible area of librarianship, Government Documents. By the end of that first 3-hour class, my opinion had changed radically. If Ms. Kelly was an evangelist for Government Documents Librarianship, she had gained another convert to the fold." She clearly imparts to her students her own passion for free, open access to government information. A number of currently practicing documents librarians received a thorough and practical grounding, and a passion for the topic, through one of Melody's courses. In 2002, to recognize her contributions to the profession, she was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award by the UNT SLIS.

Melody's membership in the Texas Library Association (TLA) extends back to the early 1970s. She was a founding member of the TLA GODORT and a tireless supporter of no-fee access to government information. She is regarded as a mentor and role model by many of the GODORT members, and her depth of understanding regarding public policy issues affecting the Depository Library Program has made her an indispensable asset to the round table and to TLA. Many TLA resolutions related to government information policy were written by Melody through the past 30 years. She served in many of the TLA GODORT offices and on most of the committees and represented GODORT on the TLA Council. To honor her contributions, she was the first recipient of the TLAGODORT/ Marcive/ Knowledge is Power Award. She now serves on the TLA Executive Board.

Melody is also recognized for her effort to focus attention on the value of government information to the K-12 classroom. She is a frequent speaker on the topic to school librarians and educators, and she published two books on the subject: Using Government Documents: A How-To-Do-It Manual for School and Public Librarians, and Uncle Sam's Net of Knowledge for Schools (Neal-Schuman, publisher). She also authored numerous articles for education-related journals and magazines on the topic. Additionally, her extensive Web-based guide to K-12 materials forms a significant and ongoing resource for librarians and educators.

As one supporter of her nomination stated, "She is unofficially known as the 'dean' of government information librarians in the state of Texas." All who know her well are confident that whatever administrative position she takes in libraries, Melody will remain a documents librarian at heart.

2005 - Sue Selmer

The 2005 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is presented to Sue Selmer, retired Documents Librarian from the Everett Public Library in Everett, Washington. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field. Their contributions are to have benefited not only the individual’s institution, but also the profession. These criteria easily describe Sue Selmer.

Sue began her professional career at the Everett Public Library when she became its government documents librarian. During her 33 years in this position, she was responsible for the local, state, and federal documents in the collection. The letters from her colleagues speak highly of her work in organizing the collection and publicizing government documents. Prior to Sue’s arrival the documents in the library were shelved and little used. Sue began adding subject headings to those documents that she thought would be useful to the patrons and had those records included in the card catalog. Those of us who were young librarians at this time know that this was not the common practice within libraries. Sue began to work with documents beyond the federal collection by gathering city and county documents to supplement those issued by the state of Washington. As no classification system existed for these reports, she devised one. Government information on all levels was becoming accessible to the public.

Sue also began to publicize the documents within the library by working at the reference desk and informing her colleagues of their usefulness. As new librarians were hired, Sue gave them a test to determine their familiarity with government resources. Her continual training resulted in the reference staff being able to provide good service during her absence. With the use of email, she kept the staff aware of newly received publications by sending them weekly updates. She worked with the staff of the county law library, as well as those at Everett Community College library, to keep them informed of the public library’s documents holding and services that she could provide. Sue also conducted an annual orientation class for the students at the community college. As her knowledge of the collection increased, Sue became a resource herself for the library. Library patrons were referred to her from both inside and outside the library. A fellow librarian at Everett Public said, “She was never too busy to spend whatever time was necessary in assisting them with research.”

Sue was active in the documents activities within the Washington Library Association and was a founding member of the Northwest Government Information Network, a professional association of documents librarians in the Pacific Northwest. Sue’s participation in state, regional, and national meetings allowed her to give input into the policy making decisions of the Federal Depository Library Program. A former director said, “Her highly professional demeanor was refreshing and she could be a formidable proponent of her cause.”

Another supporter of Sue Selmer noted in her concluding statement, “she will remain in her colleagues’ and the public’s mind as someone who made a difference who served as a role model for new and aspiring librarians. Sue demonstrated that the actions we take to index, archive, safeguard, and provide access to the records of our political life and times can have a permanent effect on our shared future.” As one letter stated, “do recognize an unsung hero from a medium sized public library who believed in an individual’s right to know what their government was doing.” This is done, in part, with Sue Selmer receiving the 2005 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award.

2006 - Ann Marie Sanders

The 2006 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is presented to Ann Marie Sanders, Regional Government Documents Librarian for the State of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field. Their contributions are to have benefited not only the individual’s institution, but also the profession. These criteria easily describe Ann Marie Sanders. This award is being presented to Ann for her work as the Government Documents Librarian at the Library of Michigan. As Ann’s nomination letter states, “Ann [Sanders] replaced Ann Diamond as my Regional Librarian in the fall of 1995, and she hit the ground running! She set up an ambitious schedule for personally visiting depository libraries in the state.” One of Ann’s nomination letters began, “We Michiganians would prefer to keep Ann Marie Sanders all to ourselves.

What a dynamo with a heart and soul as large as the entire depository library program! But alas, our mothers taught us to share. So – for Mom’s sake and for Ann’s – I am delighted to support her nomination.” The letter continues, “Most impressive is the individual care she has given to each of the selective depositories with her region. In addition to individual care, Ann has been exemplary in providing numerous training sessions for new depository librarians, professional associations and the public each year.”

“Ann is always looking to improve the services that her regional depository offers to the depository librarians in her state,” according to one of her supporting letters. Another writes, “She is an innovative thinker and someone willing and able to meet new challenges for the achievement of broader success for her depository libraries statewide.”

Ann’s work with the Depository Library Council and within the network of Regional Depository libraries was also noted. Ann helped create the Regional’s website and hosts that site at her Library. With the recent decision of Detroit Public Library to relinquish regional status, Ann has assumed total responsibility for regional service within Michigan for 40+ selectives. Involvement with the U.S. Government Printing Office was documented listing her presentations at meetings held by GPO and her work with their first pilot project for consultants. It is clear that Ann’s efforts have impacted the libraries in Michigan as well as the depository librarians that have attended her national presentations. Receiving this award is a well-deserved honor for Ann.

2007 - Tom Stave

The recipient of the 2007 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Award is Tom Stave, Professor and Head of the Document Center at the University of Oregon Library. The Hoduski award recognizes documents librarians who have made significant contributions to government documents librarianship but may not be known nationally. Tom’s influence on documents librarianship since he came to Oregon in 1980 has taken many forms, including personally mentoring documents librarians across the state, organizing the Documents Interest Group of Oregon (DIGOR), and drafting legislation to revise the statute authorizing Oregon’s state depository program.

This award also recognizes librarians who have contributed to state, local and international documents librarianship. Here too Tom has contributed significantly. His “Data for Local Communities” web site containing statistical and other information about the Pacific Northwest was cited by several nominators as just one example of his commitment to making state and local information available to citizens. Tom has also actively collected and cataloged hard-to-find documents from local governments and regional offices of federal agencies, including county and city land use plans and National Environmental Policy Act documents.

While his collection and access activities are impressive, Tom’s nominators were most eloquent about his influence on other librarians in the state. He has encouraged student workers to attend library school, organized training opportunities on topics like finding documents of Native American tribal organizations or finding statistical information on sub-state areas. Librarians who started their careers at the University of Oregon have taken what they learned from Tom to libraries across the country.

Tom’s thorough knowledge of documents collections across Oregon makes him a crucial hub for referring questions, and nominators praise both his knowledge and his approachability when they are working to track down an elusive document.

In recognition of his contributions to state and local documents librarianship and to the community of documents librarians in the Pacific Northwest, GODORT is proud to present this award to Tom Stave.

2008 - Lily Wai

The recipient of the 2008 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Award is Lily Wai, Professor Emeritus and former Head of the Government Document Department at the University of Idaho Library. This award recognizes Lily’s significant contributions to the field of state, local and federal documents.

For more than 20 years Lily has served the citizens of Idaho and has provided leadership to the documents community in the Pacific Northwest as Head of the Regional Depository Library for the state of Idaho. Lily’s major contribution was the development of INSIDE Idaho; a digital geospatial and statistical data clearinghouse which was initially developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (1999-2001) and several USGS CAP grants. The increasing demands for Idaho’s geospatial information by educational institutions, government and business professionals, as well as Idaho citizens will be served in future generations through her visionary efforts.

Lily has been a long time advocate of citizen’s rights to effect change and participate in the political process. One notable and innovative example occurred during the 2000 Census redistricting efforts in Idaho. Lily worked with the Idaho Redistricting Commission and libraries throughout the state to offer citizens opportunities to use GIS software to draw and submit suggestions for legislative and congressional district boundaries. Although Lily has retired from the library, she has continued to live out this conviction as an advocate by raising awareness for cancer research. The photo that has been included with this accolade typifies our friend and colleague and deserves some explanation. It was taken in Washington D.C. at the LiveStrong Day on May 16, 2007 where she participated as a representative from the state of Idaho lobbying for cancer research funding for NIH and NCI.

In recognition of her contributions to state and local documents librarianship and to the community of documents librarians in the Pacific Northwest, GODORT is proud to present this award to Lily Wai.

2009 - Eleanor Chase

The recipient of the 2009 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Award is Eleanor Chase, Head of the Government Publications Department at the University of Washington Libraries. This award recognizes Ms. Chase’s significant contributions to the field of state, local and federal documents.

For more than 30 years Ms. Chase has served the citizens of Washington beginning in 1976 when she became the International Documents Librarian. In 1981 she accepted the appointment as Head of the Government Publications Department and assumed the role of U.S. Documents Librarian. Ms. Chase is an expert in all government information, and often colleagues refer their toughest questions to her. Ms. Chase has been referred to as the “go to” person for GIS expertise in the University of Washington Libraries, having served as Principal Investigator for the Libraries in the Association of Research Libraries Geographic Information System Literacy Project (1992-1997). A supporter noted, “what stands out in Eleanor’s career is her unflagging and passionate commitment to user-centered service and the right of all citizens to free access to government information.”

Ms. Chase has been active in GODORT, having served on the Steering Committee from 1978-1985 and again in 1991-1992, and has also served in the Federal and International Documents Task Forces. Ms. Chase has also been involved with the Association of Public Data Users and the 2000 Census Committee. Her understanding of the Census is legendary in the state and region. At the state level, Ms. Chase has served on the Steering Committee of the Washington State Data Center since 1988 and the Washington State Library Coordinating Committee for a State Documents Plan (1984-1995).

In the state of Washington she has been referred to as the matriarch of all things documents. Ms. Chase’s nomination letter noted “Her colleagues warmly refer to the dozens of librarians and graduate students who keep in touch with her as the "Eleanor Chase Alumni Society.” She has taught the government publications class in the University of Washington Information School and has mentored countless graduate students in librarianship and other disciplines. One of the traits she shares with Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski is her natural skill of lobbying for resources. Ms. Chase represents the best of our profession, modeling leadership, service, creativity, and innovation, particularly in promoting and facilitating the use of government publications. In recognition of her contributions to state and local documents librarianship and to the community of documents librarians, GODORT is proud to present this award to Eleanor Chase.

2010 - Liza Duncan

The 2010 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is presented to Liza Duncan, Principal Librarian for Technical Services and Systems at the New York State Library. She provides leadership within her unit and works across all sections of the New York State Library to increase access to government information.

The focus of her nomination has been her work with the government information produced within her state. As her nomination letter states, “Under Ms. Duncan’s leadership and direction, the New York State Library has scanned hundreds of thousands of pages of New York State documents and downloaded thousands of born-digital New York documents. “Even with staff shortages, digitization efforts have continued showing an increase of nearly 200,000 in FY 2008/2009.

Support letters refer to the efforts previously used by libraries in New York to collect and catalog similar publications. This was a very time consuming effort. The letter goes on to say, “Ms. Duncan’s digitization project makes that huge effort unnecessary… The digitized documents are very well organized. Users access them by searching the entire New York State catalog, by searching the digital collection, or by browsing list of agencies.” The documents that are being added to the collection contain large numbers of current documents as well as numerous historical publications of the state dating back to the early 1800’s.

These efforts in digitization are among Ms. Duncan’s other duties that include the management of New York’s Regional Federal Depository Library, the oversight of the New York State Document Depository Library Program and her overall responsibility for other sections of Technical Services and Systems. She has been active in government information related organizations within her state with a recent term as President of the New York Library Association’s Government Information Roundtable.

2011 - Laura Harper

The 2011 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is given to Laura Harper, Head, Government Information Services and Regional Depository Librarian at the John Davis Williams Library at the University of Mississippi. Her letters of recommendation mention numerous examples of her work including her helpfulness and her ability to ‘find anything you’re looking for.’ Her knowledge of government documents is extensive.” The letter continues, “Laura has contributed significantly to promoting and improving access to government information in the State of Mississippi.” During her tenure as Regional Depository Librarian she has developed a passion for the collection and, according to one letter, her goal of making the collection accessible to the public “is second to none.”

She has been active on the national level within the Government Documents Round Table and other units of the American Library Association as well as continuing to be very involved with the Mississippi Library Association and, in most cases, the work concerned documents. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Collaborative Federal Depository Program."

In addition, she serves as a mentor to other librarians within the state. Notably, one letter mentions, “She continues to encourage those librarians in Mississippi who work with documents, and she has remained steadfast in her support of the state chapter of GODORT.” The letter continues, “Laura has been instrumental in seeing that a program related to U.S. documents has continued to be presented at the annual conference of the Mississippi Library Association.”

In her duties as regional coordinator of Mississippi Government Documents libraries, Laura has without fail demonstrated true devotion. She has helped depository libraries in Mississippi with inspection preparations, biennial surveys, collection development, and offered any other assistance necessary to improve the collections and services of the Mississippi depositories. She is an extraordinary librarian.

2012 - Not awarded

2013 - Helen M. Sheehy

The 2013 Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award is given to Helen M. Sheehy. This award recognizes documents librarians who may not be known at the national level but who have made significant contributions to the field of state, international, local or federal documents.

This award is presented to Helen for her commitment to promoting the use of and interest in international government information. Her passion for international relations is evident in the list of publications in peer-reviewed journals and leadership in IFLA and GODORT. Among Helen’s many accomplishments was her contribution to the success of a three day seminar at the Russian State Library in Moscow while she was Chair of Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS) of the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA).

She has spearheaded efforts to acquire the original Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Rural Development (CIKARD) collection for the University Libraries at Penn State. Recently, she was invited to speak with librarians in Ethiopia about the relationship of indigenous knowledge and international government resources, later providing moving testimony on the conditions there. She has been an active member of the United National Association of Centre County, a non-profit organization dedicated to building understanding of and support for the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.

Each of the letters of recommendation submitted on her behalf noted her calm and patient manner, her qualities as a gifted and unassuming scholar, and her preference to be a behind the scenes person. One simply stated that, "she is much smarter than most of us." These characteristics along with your many accomplishments embody the principles of the Hoduski Founders Award.