Recipients of the James Bennett Childs Award





1976 James Bennett Childs
1977 Bernadine A. Hoduski
1978 Mary Elizabeth Poole
1979 Catharine J. Reynolds
1981 Margaret T. Lane
1982 James Adler
1983 Bernard M. Fry
1986 Francis J. Buckley, Jr.
1987 Robert W. Schaaf
1988 Patricia Reeling
1989 Joe Morehead
1990 Judith S. Rowe
1992 LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf
1994 Sandra Peterson
1995 Karlo K. Mustonen
1996 Julia F. Wallace

1997 Peter I. Hajnal
1998 Lois P. Mills
1999 Virginia F. Saunders
2000 Anne Watts
2001 Myrtle (Smittie) Bolner
2002 Ridley R. Kessler, Jr.
2003 Carolyn Kohler
2004 Robert A. Walter
2005 Ernest G. (Gil) Baldwin III
2006 Grace Ann York
2007 August A. Imholtz, Jr.
2008 Larry Romans
2009 Andrea Sevetson
2010 Sandee McAninch
2011 Tim Byrne
2012 John B. Phillips


1976 - James Bennett Childs

1977 - Bernadine A. Hoduski

Bernadine E. Abbott Hoduski was awarded the James Bennett Childs Award for "distinguished contributions to documents librarianship" on Tuesday, June 21 at the GODORT Business Meeting.

Ms. Hoduski is Special Library Assistant to the Joint Committee on Printing, U.S. Congress. Prior to this position, she was Head Librarian, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Kansas City, Missouri, and was also a Guest Lecturer, CMSU and University of Missouri/Kansas City Library Schools, 1965-1974.

She received her M.A. in Librarianship in 1965 from the University of Denver, Colorado. Ms. Hoduski was awarded the EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service in 1973. She is a member of the National Honor society and is listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1959. Several of her frequent contributions to the library literature include, "The Federal Depository System: What is its Basic Job?" in Drexel Library Quarterly, April 1974; "Federal Libraries and Intellectual Freedom," chapter in the Intellectual Freedom Manual, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, 1974, and "Government Documents--Organization in a Federal Library," in Proceedings of the Federal Library Workship, 1973, Denver, Colorado. She is a member of the the Editorial Boards of Index to U.S. Government Periodicals and Government Publications Review and she was co-editor of Documents to the People from 1972-73.

The Government Documents Round Table was founded by Bernadine Hoduski in 1972. She is also a member of the District of Columbia Library Association, National Association of Government Communicators, Federal of Information Users, and Hangups on Government Information.


DttP v. 5, no. 5, p. 151.

1978 - Mary Elizabeth Poole

Behind some of the essential tools of federal documents librarianship is a tiny, five-foot, almost silent but inexhaustible bundle of energy and perseverance. As alarm clocks are ringing for most of us on weekday mornings, Mary Elizabeth Poole is on her way to the D.H. Hill Library at Raleigh's North Carolina State University campus. From seven A.M. until�, with thirty minute lunches and without breaks, Miss Poole pours herself into a profession which has come to regard her as somewhat of a legend.

Despite the familiarity of her name and publications, Miss Poole herself remains an anomaly to many documents librarians. This is because her works literally stand before her. She is behind the public scene-always. But because of this we have, among other tools, the Documents Office Classification and Monthly Catalog Classes Added.

When Bernadine Hoduski brought together Miss Poole and publisher William Buchanan, work began on the Classes Added project and Miss Poole's private life came to a complete halt. A piece of needlepoint went into the closet while, for a year and a half, literally every waking moment was documents. From five a.m. until D.H. Hill opened, for late hours after her library work, for every single weekend, Miss Poole kept up her marathon stint for the project. She has turned over the royalties, more than $17,000, to the D.H. Hill Library.

Co-workers marvel silently, for the unassuming Miss Poole quite clearly considers what others may term "obsessive work" as part of her professional commitment. As she states in the preface to the Documents Office Classification and, as she will tell you concerning any of her work, "I did it because we needed it".

Miss Poole speaks to the point, without hyperbole, expressing values one may link to her Troy, North Carolina upbringing. Oldest daughter of a lawyer and peach orchard owner, Miss Poole learned work and responsibility on after school evenings and college summers in the peach business.

Duke University Library was the first to get the industrious Miss Poole after she finished her LS degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1936. While at Duke she reclassified the documents collection from Dewey Decimal to Superintendent of Documents and began the list which would evolve into the monumental Documents Office Classification, now in its fifth edition.

Miss Poole insists that this list would have never been published without the encouragement of Reba Davis Clevenger, Acting Librarian at D.H. Hill when Miss Poole began work there in 1945. Miss Poole not only inherited Mrs. Clevenger's documents collection, but also the encouragement and inspiration that has been the prime mover behind all her professional work.

Among some of the outstanding accomplishments is Miss Poole's 33 years at D.H. Hill is her documents card catalog system. When she began formulating her plans for this, the library director told her she didn't have time to make a catalog; she was then and, until a few years ago, a documents staff of one. She replied to the director, "I don't have time not to have a good catalog." He agreed and what resulted was a card catalog that makes the mysterious world of federal publications accessible to the previously frustrated layman.

Miss Poole first got into documents quite accidentally she says, but soon "discovered how much fun they were." One of the attractions for her is that "each documents department is its own little library." Categorically she states that all documents librarians love their work.

But documents by no means complete Miss Poole's story. Her interests and hobbies are kaleidoscope-rich and phenomenal in number. She is skilled in photography and accomplished in ceramics; she knits and needlepoints and has dabbled in woodworking; she exhibits her dolls and soon will try making some; her collections include stamps and children's literature, shells and Easter eggs and African violets. And Miss Poole grows almost everything but we all favor spring for her daffodil bouquets.

Miss Poole has so many interests to call on her time and could turn to them now with a lifetime of contributions to government documents behind her. But documents librarians will be pleased to know that in a recent letter to Miss Poole, Mrs. Clevenger wrote, "I know that in some way you'll always be working in docs." And if Mrs. Clevenger says so, we can count on it.

Debby Dwyer and Jean M. Porter
DttP v. 6, no. 5, p. 183

1979 - Catharine J. Reynolds


The James Bennett Childs Award is the highest award the GODORT can give to one of its members. It is a tribute to a librarian for distinguished contribution to the world of documents librarianship. It is based on stature, service, and significant contributions to documents. It is intended for individuals who have made national and international impact upon our profession. The recipient this year is Catharine Reynolds.

Catharine has been a documents librarian for over thirty years. During that time she has helped lead the way in several important developments. As one of the original members of the Depository Library Council she played a major role in the development of the guidelines for depository Libraries. She has been in the forefront of the microforms revolution in documents, participating in a pilot project of the GPO Micropublishing Program, field testing the Publications Reference File, and contributing many articles to the various reviews of government documents in Microforms Review. She compiled a column on U.S. Publications in The Booklist from 1967 to 1972. She has contributed articles to DttP, RQ, and many other journals ranging from studies of suggested systems for regionals to set up a discard program for their selectives, to advice to the new librarian on how to get started in ALA. She was the recipient of a fellow ship from the Council on Library Resources in 1976 to do a study on planning space for the documents collection in research libraries. I could go on and on, but I think I've said enough to show that Catharine really deserves this award.

The inscription on this beautiful plaque reads: "To Catharine J. Reynolds in grateful recognition of a lifetime of exceptional contributions to the growth and development of government documents librarianship, the Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association presents the fourth James Bennett Childs Award for distinguished contribution to documents librarianship."

Remarks of Candace D. Morgan Upon Presenting the James Bennett Childs Award to Catharine J. Reynolds
DttP v. 7, no. 5, p. 128

1980 - No Award given

1981 - Margaret T. Lane


Margaret Taylor Lane, 1981 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award for distinguished contribution to documents librarianship, is a pioneer in the establishment and administration of state documents depository systems. Her book State Publications and Depository Libraries, published by Greenwood Press last month is a comprehensive handbook and guide to the establishment and efficient operation of these institutions. A charter member of GODORT, Margaret serves as Coordinator of the State and Local Documents Task Force, in which she has been instrumental in compiling the Documents on Documents collection, a reference resource of current information from the fifty states on their depository programs available through interlibrary loan, and State Publications: Depository Distribution and Bibliographic Programs, a survey of forty states' depository programs.

Recognized in Louisiana by the presentation of the Essae M. Culver award for distinguished library service, Margaret began her career as a law librarian at Columbia University Law School after graduation from its Library School. She received her B.A. in government and a J.D. from LSU, where she also served as Law Librarian. She founded the Louisiana state documents depository system, working in the Secretary of State's office, and administered the program for twenty-six years until her retirement in 1975.

As Recorder of Documents, Margaret served ex officio on the Louisiana Library Association Documents Committee, wrote an internal operations manual, and participated in the Library of Congress' cataloging in source project, predecessor of CIP. She compiled and edited Author Headings for Louisiana Official Publications, 1948-1972, continuing the work of Lucy B. Foote.

Margaret has participated in national professional activities throughout her career, representing the American Association of Law Libraries on the Joint Committee to the Union List of Serials, and by serving on the advisory Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. She also served as chairman of the RSD/RTSD Inter-divisional Committee on Public Documents for a three year term. Listed in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in Library and Information Services, Margaret holds membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma, Mortar Board, and Phi Delta Delta.

A devoted homemaker as well, Margaret worked part-time to maintain continued involvement in the varied activities of her children, Maggie and Tommy. Horace, her lawyer husband, has understood and encouraged her career throughout their marriage.

An accomplished seamstress, Margaret made her daughter's wedding dress. For relaxation, she makes bargello pillows.

Her avocation is traveling and she has made many extensive trips to Europe as well as around the world with her family. Often she combines the pleasure of traveling with business of documents. One such happy combination resulted in "inspection" of the British Library, a selective depository for Louisiana state documents.

The influence of her father's career is evident in Margaret's work. Professor Archer Taylor was considered to be one of the country's leading authorities on American and European folklore in literature and history. His books included The Literary History of Meistergesang and English Riddles from Oral Tradition.

Margaret has taught government documents in the LSU Graduate School of Library Science and legal bibliography in the LSU Law School and the University of Connecticut Law School. She has published articles in many professional journals including Library Trends and the LLA Bulletin.

Margaret has been generous in responding to requests for advice from new documents librarians and encouraged their participation in professional activities by involving them in committee assignments and research projects for the Task Force. Her tireless and endless enthusiasm and her devotion to the ideal of the right of citizen access to government information are contagious and have been communicated to many other documents librarians. This contagion has spread through her participation in workshops in Alabama and North Carolina, as well as in Louisiana.

Grace G. Moore
DttP v. 9, no. 5, p. 176

1982 - James Adler

1983 - Bernard M. Fry


Bernard M. Fry, professor and former dean of Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, has a long and distinguished record both as an educator in the field of government documents and as an administrator of government information systems.

Before going to Indiana University in 1967, Professor Fry established and served as director of the Atomic Energy Commission's first Technical Information Service, worked as deputy head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Science Information, and became the first director of the Federal Clearinghouse for Scientific and Technical Information (now the National Technical Information Service).

Professor Fry has given unstintingly of his personal time to professional associations, most notably to ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT). He has also served the national library community by establishing and editing Government Publications Review, a major international journal in the field.

As an educator, Professor Fry has had a tremendous impact on the area of government documents. During his many years as a dedicated and caring professor of documents he has touched the lives of future librarians and library educators who benefited greatly from his work experience. He has also been able to affect the professional lives of librarians around the country and around the world through his scholarship and participation in conferences, workshops and task force meetings.

GODORT's James Bennett Childs Award is granted each year to a librarian who has made a distinguished contribution to the world of documents librarianship. Through his teaching, writing and work in the field, Bernard Fry has made such a contribution.

DttP v. 11, no. 4, p. 86

1984 - No Award given

1985 - No Award given

1986 - Francis J. Buckley, Jr

1987 - Robert W. Schaaf


The James Bennett Childs Award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. Robert Schaaf (right) has spent his entire career of more than 30 years in the Library of Congress, where he now serves as Senior Specialist in United Nations and International Documents. Mr. Schaaf's involvement in GODORT dates back to its founding in 1972. He has been especially involved with the work of the International Documents Task Force.

In selecting him as the 1987 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award, the Awards Committee chose to highlight and honor the combined strengths of his publication record, including two regular columns on international organizations in Government Publications Review and the International Journal of Legal Information, and his numerous contributions to documents librarianship by way of participation in conferences to share his expertise in international organization documentation with colleagues. Mr. Schaaf is also recognized for the aplomb he has demonstrated in establishing and maintaining contacts with officials within international organizations in order to represent to them the interests of librarians and users of their agency documentation.

The documents world has benefited from his expertise by his writing, his conference presentations, and from his informal consultations. Users of international documentation, regardless of where they conduct their research, benefit from Mr. Schaaf's contributions in shaping the international document collections held at the Library of Congress. The Awards Committee is confident that Dr. Childs, who was a colleague of Mr. Schaaf at the Library of Congress, would approve of this tribute.

DttP v. 15, no. 2, p. 61

1988 - Patricia Reeling


The James Bennett Childs Award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. Patricia Reeling (right) has served for nearly a quarter-century as an educator in the field of library and information science, with a special concern for government information. Dr. Reeling has inspired a generation of students with an appreciation of the value of government documents and the importance of providing service of the highest quality to the public for these resources.

In selecting her as the 1988 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award, the GODORT Awards Committee highlights and honors not only Dr. Reeling's teaching, but also her distinguished publication record, including two regular columns on documents in RQ and DttP, and her numerous contributions to documents librarianship through lectures, conferences, consulting work, and service in local and national professional associations.

Dr. Reeling has been an active leader in GODORT since its founding and in the Documents Association of New Jersey. She served with distinction on the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. Her work has been characterized by strong commitment to disseminating information about the value of documents and intense advocacy for public access to government information. She is known as a supportive mentor of new documents librarians and scholars entering the field. Her career exemplifies the high ideals and standards manifested in the work of Dr. Childs.

DttP v. 16, no.2, p. 64

1989 - Joe Morehead


Joe Morehead (right), State University of New York at Albany, was selected to receive GODORT's 11th James Bennett Childs Award. The James Bennett Childs Award honors an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. Dr. Morehead, the first recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People award in 1977, documents librarian, gifted library science educator, and author of numerous articles in the field of documents librarianship, has influenced students with his enthusiasm for librarianship, particularly documents librarianship. He has influenced his colleagues with his lucid, witty writing in Government Publications Review, RQ, Documents to the People, Serials Review and Microform Review. His Introduction to United States Public Documents, now in its third edition is "the documents communities textbook/bible." Throughout his career, Dr. Morehead has been an eloquent and passionate advocate for public access to government information. His writings reveal his commitment to the basic tenets of democracy, and he has said, "Without access to the public records of government, democratic policies give way to cynicism and mistrust. My teaching and research are devoted to an explication of government decision-making through the symbolic forms of government documents." His career exemplifies the high ideals and standards manifested in the work of Dr. Childs.
DttP v. 17, no. 2, p. 71

1990 - Judith S. Rowe

The 1990 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Judith S. Rowe of Princeton University (right).

GODORT annually bestows a bronze plaque with the likeness of James Bennett Childs, long-time bibliographer of government information at the Library of Congress, to honor a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries. Established in 1976, the Award has been bestowed only eleven times. Past winners include Joe Morehead (1989), James Adler (1982), and Catharine Reynolds (1978).

Over the last quarter of a century Ms. Rowe has published extensively, lobbied intensely, and organized profusely for improved government statistical reporting. For years she has been GODORT's conscience on machine readable files. She led the way for the creation of the Census Bureaus' State Data Center program in 1979. As GODORT's expert on machine readable files, she greatly influenced ALA's Association for Library Collections and Services (formerly the Resources and Technical Services Division) cataloging standards for computer files. In all her efforts she has sought to ally libraries with powerful user groups for mutual support.

All the unsolicited letters of support for this Award emphasized Ms. Rowe's career as inspiration for their own achievements as editors, writers, and organizers in government information. Ms. Rowe's four page bibliography of writings includes articles in six library periodicals, all on aspects of government statistics. She is a familiar figure at U.S. congressional and New Jersey legislative hearings on public access to government files. Her political acumen has made her the elected leader of the Association of Public Data Users (1980-1982), the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics (1982-1983), and the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (1985-1986).

She has been an ALA/GODORT member since 1974 and was a member of its predecessor, the Public Documents Committee. Although her job title never read "Librarian" and her degrees do not include an MLS, Judith Rowe's career made her a potent force in government information librarianship which GODORT is pleased to recognize.

DttP v. 18, no. 2, p. 75

1991 - No Award given


1992 - LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf


LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf, a charter member of GODORT, is the 1992 James Bennett Childs Award recipient. Mr. Schwarzkopf has been an active member of GODORT in several capacities since 1972 and holds the distinction of probably being the only GODORT member to have attended every single Midwinter and Annual Conference of ALA since the first GODORT meeting. He served as editor of Documents to the People from 1978 to 1982 but was an active participant in the development of DttP from about 1975. As editor of DttP, he worked tirelessly to bring information about GODORT activities, Federal information policies and legislation to the attention of GODORT members. Frequently, if there was an important event or topic and he could not find a volunteer to write an article, he would do it himself to assure that the information was covered in DttP. Even before he became editor, his contributions to DttP were recognized by a special "Editor's Award" in 1977. Long-time DttP readers will remember his "Unclassified News from Washington" and "News from GPO" columns that ran from 1975-1983.

Since his retirement from the University of Maryland in 1983, Mr. Schwarzkopf has continued to write and publish. He now produces a column for Government Publications Review on "News from Washington". He authored the chapter on "Government Publications and the Depository System" for the ". He authored the chapter on "Government Publications and the Depository System" for the ALA Yearbook from 1978-1990. He has prepared the column "U.S. Government Publications" for The Booklist since 1972. Mr. Schwarzkopf is also the author of three major books on government publications and for one he is preparing his 5th edition! These include Government Reference Books, 1982-83 ed., 1984-85 ed., 1986-87 ed., 1988-89 ed., and the 1990-91 ed. which will soon be published; Guide to Popular U.S. Government Publications (1986); and Government Reference Serials (1988).

In the early years of GODORT, the slogan "Documents to the People" was adopted. Mr. Schwarzkopf, in his work for GODORT and in his publications, truly exemplifies this motto. His tireless dedication in bringing information about government publications and Federal information policy to the attention of government publications librarians as well as the library world has had a significant impact in assuring that information on government publications is available to everyone. The Childs Award is presented to an individual who has made a lifetime contribution to documents librarianship. Not only does LeRoy Schwarzkopf meet this criterion but his many contributions exemplify the high ideals and standards manifested in the work of James Bennett Childs.

DttP v. 20, no. 2, p. 72

1993 - No Award given

1994 - Sandra Peterson

The 1994 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Sandy Peterson, Documents Librarian, Government Documents Center, Yale University. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. Sandy began working with documents in 1965 at the Library of Congress. In 1967 Sandy received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. This marked the beginning of a career dedicated to documents librarianship.

Over the past twenty-six years Sandy has held various documents positions throughout the country. Her involvement has included Federal, state, United Nations and international materials as well as maps. Her commitment to documents librarianship is most evident in her professional activities. While Sandy was in Virginia she was extremely active in the Public Documents Forum of the Virginia Library Association serving as secretary, program coordinator, chair and co-editor of the Forum's newsletter, Shipping List.

Within the Government Documents Round Table there is little she has not done. Sandy has served GODORT in the capacity of Secretary, Chair and has been a member of the Committee of Eight, the Nominating Committee, the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on Reorganization, and the Awards Committee. She is currently the editor of the GODORT Policies and Procedures Manual.

Outside of GODORT, Sandy was elected to the ALA Council and was appointed to the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship. In August 1983, and again in September 1984, Sandy testified for ALA at a U.S. Department of Energy Public Hearing on "Identification and Protection of Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information." In 1987 she represented GODORT at a hearing held by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and in 1989 Sandy was appointed Visiting Program Officer for authorization of the Paperwork Reduction Act by the Association of Research Libraries.

And finally, Sandy served as the chief editor of the report coming out of the Chicago Conference on the Future of Government Information. This involved three full days of editorial work in Chicago and many nights and weekends of her own time in New Haven. Others might not have given so willing of their time. Sandy has and does give to the documents profession, time and time again.

DttP v. 22, no. 2, p. 92

1995 - Karlo K. Mustonen

The 1995 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Karlo K. Mustonen, Head of the Government Documents Department at Utah State University. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.

Karlo's career accomplishments have been many; however, one accomplishment which stands out among all others is his appointment to the Federal Depository Library Council to the Public Printer in Washington, DC for the period 1978-1980. During that time, Karlo had a major impact on the current format of the Monthly Catalog to U.S. Government Publications. The Monthly Catalog keyword indexing was Karlo's suggestion, and was implemented by the Bibliographic Control Committee of the Depository Library Council which Karlo chaired.

As Regional Federal Depository Librarian for the states of Utah and Wyoming, Karlo has played a significant role in assisting and guiding the development of the Federal Depository Library Program throughout the Nation. He has actively served on ALA Government Documents Round Table committees, and was a founding member of the Utah Library Association Government Documents Round Table in 1974. His outstanding contribution to documents service in the State of Utah won him the Utah Library Association Government Documents Round Table Distinguished Service Award in 1988.

The story of Karlo's success and growth in the library profession takes him from a documents shelver in 1955 to his long standing involvement with documents and reference service at the Utah State University Merrill Library for four decades. His significant national influence on the preservation and dissemination of documents information places him in a unique category of pioneers who have taken documents librarianship into the age of electronics and to the threshold of the Twenty-First Century.

DttP v. 23, no. 2, p. 117

1996 - Julia F. Wallace


The 1996 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Julia Wallace (pictured with Jack Sulzer), Head of the Government Publications Library at the University of Minnesota. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. This award is being presented to Julia in recognition of her leadership in the library community and her role as an advocate for public access to government information. She has also been a successful scholar as demonstrated in her work as author, editor, and spokesperson.

Julia's most profound contribution to the profession was her leadership role in a series of meetings and conferences that culminated in the "Framework" document jointly issued by AALL, ALA, ARL, SLA and others in August 1995. Julie, as Chair of GODORT, spearheaded with Gary Cornwell, Chair of Depository Library Council, the Dupont Circle meeting which met in April, 1993. The focus of the Dupont Circle meeting was re-invention of the Federal Depository Library Program in light of change in the government information environment. The object was to develop a discussion document that would evoke dialogue in the documents community. This was followed by the Chicago Conference on the future of Federal Government Information in October, 1993, which Julie co-chaired. Coordination of an ad-hoc conference with more than 150 attendees was a monumental feat. In April, 1995, Julia played an active role in the Coalition of Many Associations (COMA) which was held to press the Dupont Circle/Chicago Conference efforts onward. Julia was one of four original Dupont Circle Group members that was invited to attend the ALA Forum on Government Information Policy that convened in July 1995. As a final step in the re-structuring process, Ms. Wallace was asked by the GPO to be a member of the team named to Study to Identify Measures Necessary for a Successful Transition to a More Electronic Federal Depository Library Program.

In addition to Julia's long string of activities within GODORT including serving as GODORT Chair 1992-93, she ahs been involved in countless other professional activities at the national, state, and local levels. Several major activities include: facilitator, chair, and speaker at the GPO's annual Federal Depository Conference in 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994; official delegate from the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries to the National Conference on Legal Information Issues, July, 1995; in 1990-1991 served on the Depository Library Council's subcommittee studying implications of users fees on depository library services; served as chair of the Government Documents Round Table of the Minnesota Library Association in 1985; and been a member of the Minnesota Government information Access Committee's Executive Committee since 1994. Add to this Julia's thirty plus public presentations and you have a remarkably active participant in the federal information dialog over the past decade.

Equally important, as stated in her nomination letter, Julia "has contributed all of this service with a high level of selflessness, compassion, and conviction." And she has done it all with grace and good humor under fire. She is precisely the sort of documents librarian who deserves the recognition the Childs award bestows.


DttP v. 24, no. 1, p. 76-77

1997 - Peter I. Hajnal


The 1997 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Peter Hajnal, Government Publications Section, University of Toronto Libraries. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship. This award is being presented to Peter in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the area of international documents librarianship. His contributions to the profession are numerous-as librarian, scholar and teacher.

The many books Peter has written are some of the most important sources for information on international documents. Some examples include: Guide to UNESCO (Oceana, 1983), which to this day is the most thorough introduction to the structure of UNESCO publishing and documentation; Directory of United Nations Documentary and Archival Sources (Academic Council on the United Nations System/Kraus, 1991), which currently serves as the best introduction and annotated bibliographic guide to United Nations information sources; and International Information: Documents, Publications, and Information Systems of International Governmental Organizations (Libraries Unlimited, 1988), which still serves as the basic textbook in the field on international documents. The documents community is quite pleased to know that Peter is currently working on the second revised and enlarged edition of this last title, which will include electronic information as well.

Another activity of note is his leadership role in compiling the documents of the G-7 summit meetings of the industrialized countries. He first published a series of document collections under the title The Seven Power Summit: Documents from the Summits of Industrialized Countries, 1975-1989. He then went on to compile and mount on a Web site the more recent G-7 documents . Most of these documents would surely have been lost if Peter had not recognized their value and gone to the effort to preserve them and make them readily available to the public.

In addition to Peter's publications, he has served as a resource person for inexperienced international documents librarians. He has worked with Readex to train new government document librarians and has frequently run their Seminar on United Nations Documentation. For many years he has taught a highly regarded course on international documentation for the library school at the University of Toronto and has recently given in to pleas to teach the general course on government documents for the faculty.

As one of his reference letters states, "Peter Hajnal is a person of great integrity who shows good judgement, intelligence and resourcefulness." His stature in the profession is unquestioned and his contributions are immeasurable. In sum, all are reasons why he was chosen to receive this prestigious award.

DttP v. 25, no. 2, p. 82-83


1998 - Lois P. Mills

The 1998 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Lois P. Mills (right in photo, with Sandy Peterson), retired Government Publications and Legal Reference Librarian, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.

This award is being presented to Lois in recognition of her distinguished and sustained contributions to documents librarianship and to documents librarians over more than 30 years. She served as a mentor and role model for the full range of activities in which a librarian should participate---a campus leader, an active member of the American Library Association and a founder of GODORT, and an active and contributing member of civic and community organizations.

Lois was one of the founding members of the Government Documents Round Table; she has provided leadership for and demonstrated a strong commitment to the Round Table for the past 25 years by her service as an officer and member of the Legislation, Awards, Publications, Editorial and Bylaws Committees.

Lois has been an able, articulate, assertive and persistent promoter of access to public information. She has been a tireless campaigner and expert political advisor in efforts to revise Title 44 over the past 20 years. She served as an American Library Association representative on the revision of Title 44 of the U.S. Code in the 1970s. And she has been a regular commentator and advisor to the Government Printing Office on the operation of the Depository Library Program both while a member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, and as a documents librarian.

Lois' dedication and commitment to principles of fairness and democracy serve as a model for new librarians entering the profession. She embodies a rare combination of professional, political and social consciousness that provide inspiration for others to follow. She has participated and contributed significantly to many campus, community and civic organizations, including the American Association of University professors, the American Association of University Women, the League of Women votes, and the Freedom to Read Foundation.

As one of her reference letters stated "Lois has been a mentor and inspiration to many documents librarians, as well as a learned guide through the maze of government information for the students and faculty at her institution." The James Bennett Childs Award is a richly deserved capstone to her long record of leadership in the field of documents librarianship.

1999 - Virginia F. Saunders

The 1999 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Virginia F. Saunders (right in photo, with Kathy Tezla), Congressional Documents Specialist, U. S. Government Printing Office. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.


The award is being presented to Virginia in recognition of her lifetime and significant contributions towards the compilation and publication of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set. The Serial Set serves as a major source of information about the growth and development of our government and nation in libraries around the country. Virginia has assiduously worked to maintain and improve the Serial Set and she has shared her knowledge and expertise with documents librarians nationwide for nearly 30 years.

Virginia has had primary responsibility for the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, a compilation of all the numbered House and Senate reports and documents issued for each Congress, for nearly 30 years. For many years she also compiled the separate publication, U.S. Congressional Serial Set Catalog: Numerical Lists and Schedule of Volumes. Her work has involved the physical, bibliographic and quality control of the volumes.

In addition to her work in the compilation and production of the Serial Set, Virginia served on the Serial Set Advisory Committee, beginning in 1979, a committee which recommended changes in physical makeup, content, and cost of the Serial Set. And in 1994 she served as a member of the Serial Set Study Group, a group which developed a set of action items to reduce costs and improve operations relative to the Serial Set.

One of Virginia's most lasting contributions is the enthusiasm for the Serial Set as a source of information which she has shared with so many documents librarians across the nation. For several years in the 1970s and 1980s she gave presentations at depository workshops held by the U.S. Government Printing Office. In 1997 she gave a detailed overview of the history of the Serial Set at the Federal Depository Library Conference. In 1998 she served as a panelist at a discussion sponsored by the Rare and Endangered Government Publications Committee, American Library Association, where she shared her knowledge of the historical content and importance of the early Serial Set volumes.

She has continued her efforts to enhance access and bibliographic control of the Serial Set by compiling (with August Imholtz) a list of missing Serial Set volumes. This list was published in the Administrative Notes Technical Supplement and will be invaluable to documents librarians for collection management.

Virginia has meticulously maintained a set of documents of historical significance, has worked with information professionals and government officials to improve the organization, to lower the publication costs, and to enhance the accessibility of the set to librarians, researchers and the public. She has ensured the continued existence of the Serial Set and her delight in describing the historical importance, contents and value of the early set has helped to convey to new and seasoned documents librarians the importance of this research collection.


2000 - Anne Watts

The James Bennett Childs Award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents librarianship. This award is based on stature, service, and publication.

Anne Watts, the 2000 recipient, is clearly most deserving of this high recognition from her peers and joins a prestigious group. Individuals such as Joe Morehead, Margaret Lane, Francis Buckley, Jr., Julia Wallace, and Lois Mills, just to name a few, were previously recognized with this distinct honor. Anne certainly belongs in such select company.

Since joining GODORT in 1974, Anne contributed significant amounts of her time, energy, intelligence, grace, charm, finances, and as importantly, humor, to further the cause of no-fee public access to government information. She held numerous leadership positions in GODORT and is one of only two librarians to serve more than one term on the U.S. Public Printer's Depository Library Council (DLC). During both terms, she served as Chair of the DLC. Further, she used her professional and intellectual skills gained in government information in other professional arenas such as LAMA and the Urban Libraries Council.

Additionally, Anne is a leading proponent in the utilization of technology in the dissemination of government information. During her first term on Depository Library Council, she assisted GPO and the depository community in the implementation, administration, and use of microfiche. During her second term on Council she led the way in advancing the use of electronic technologies to further enhance the mission of the GPO and the public's right to access government information. Every depository library was impacted positively because of her foresight, wisdom, leadership skills, and advocacy during these critical times of change.

Her further contributions include her work on the Inter-Association Working Group (IAWG) on Government Information Policy, the Dupont Circle Group, and the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on Restructuring the FDLP. She also assisted with coordinating and facilitating the "Chicago Conference on the Future of Government Information," and she suggested and conducted many of the "New Documents Librarian" orientations at the beginning of each DLC meeting.

In another equally important role, Anne is the consummate educator. She passed along her vast wisdom during her "Government Documents" course at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Many who enrolled in her course were swayed to become documents librarians by her passion. While she demanded and expected the best from her students, she applied the same high standards and expectations to herself when educating future librarians, when working with the public at the St. Louis Public library, or when collaborating with her colleagues in GODORT, the DLC, GPO, and other professional organizations.

Anyone in the field of document librarianship in recent years benefited from Anne's contributions. Even though her impact and contributions to documents librarianship will be felt long after she decides to pursue other activities, we hope to benefit from Anne's leadership, knowledge and laughter for many years to come.

2001 - Smittie Bolner (Myrtle)

The 2001 Childs Award recipient is Myrtle Smith Bolner who recently retired from Louisiana State University after a long and distinguished career. The GODORT Awards Committee honors Smittie for her leadership role in providing improved access to government information. In receiving the Childs Award, Smittie joins a small illustrious group, which includes fellow Louisianan Margaret T. Lane. Smittie first worked in the documents department at LSU, then oversaw the successful transfer of the documents department to the reference department. Over the years Smittie has participated in an impressive array of workshops, symposia and conferences about online processing, documents in the online catalog, managing a documents collection and similar topics.

In addition to teaching a course in the use of libraries, Smittie co-authored a text originally titled Books, Libraries and Research, which has gone through several title changes and revisions. It remains a required text in many quarters and is used by the U.S. Army for training purposes.

Smittie has been an active member of the American Library Association and the Louisiana Library Association for over twenty years. GODORT secretaries tend to be unsung heroines and Smittie is no exception. She served in that post in 1995/96. She has also ably served as chair of the Louisiana GODORT. In 1990 Smittie (along with three others) was honored with the CIS/ALA/GODORT Documents to the People Award for work on a Marcive project to edit and upgrade the cataloging records of the Government Printing Office. These librarians led their staffs in the total revision of over a quarter a million of MARC records. The Louisiana Library Association has honored Smittie with their 2001 Essae M. Culver Award, their highest award. The Association of College and Research Libraries, the Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council, the Patent Depository Association and the Southeastern Library Association have all benefited from Smittie's energetic presence and wise counsel.

Smittie's publications run the gamut from practical advice (Designing A Procedures Manual: Benefits and Pitfalls and Online Processing of Government Documents: An Overview) to thoughts on larger questions (The Louisiana Library Association Intellectual Freedom Manual 1986; 1994 revision with Charlene Cain).

James Bennett Childs was renowned for inspiring a new generation of documents librarians. It was this aspect of Smittie Bolner's many faceted career that particularly impressed the Awards Committee. One of her nominators wrote glowingly of the quantity and quality of documents librarians who have had their primary training and mentoring under Smittie at Louisiana State University. Smittie has nurtured and touched the lives of many librarians (now spread far beyond Louisiana) in a profound way. They are enthusiastic supporters and deeply grateful.


2002 - Ridley R. Kessler, Jr.


Ridley R. Kessler, Jr. - James Bennett Childs Award 2002The 2002 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Ridley R. Kessler, Jr., currently the Assistant Head of Reference at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill.

The Childs award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents librarianship. Ridley began his 30+ year career in government documents at UNC as the Assistant Documents Librarian in 1970. This position was followed by a 2 1/2 year stint as the International Documents Librarian, after which he became the Federal Documents/Regional Librarian in 1973. Twenty years later he moved into his current position as Assistant Head of Reference. In addition to working at the library, Ridley taught the Public Documents course at the School of Library Science for 14 years and has advised over 50 masters papers. As his nomination letter stated, "Ridley Kessler casts a large shadow in the field of government documents librarianship. Not only is he devoted to his profession, but he has inspired others to enter the field as well." Ridley has served as a wonderful advisor to his students while they are in library school, and he continues the mentoring and advising after most of this students enter the profession. It is not uncommon for Ridley to check up on "his babies" - encouraging them to attend meetings of the Depository Library Council, actively participate in GODORT, and by all means, to ask questions.

As the Regional Librarian for North Carolina, Ridley has gone well beyond the norm to support and counsel his selectives. Ridley has taken a lead in projects directed toward operational issues, such as the several attempts to tackle problems associated with Regionals and superseding documents. Most recently, Ridley has co-spearheaded efforts to define depository library service expectations in the electronic environment. Ridley's other contributions to the profession are many. Just to name a few - he was a member of the Depository Library Council from 1987-1990. During his term as Chair of the Council (1989-1990), he brought a new level of excellence and commitment to the Council and fostered new communication and cooperation between GPO and the depository community. Ridley was a member of the GODORT Legislation Committee in 1992-1993 & 1994-1995 and Chair of the Committee in 1994. Even when he wasn't officially on the Legislation Committee he would attend the numerous meetings and offer assistance and advice. Ridley has testified for the American Library Association before congressional committees three times - twice in favor of GPO's budget and once on the subject of "Government Information as a Public Asset." He has been on the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on GODORT Organization and chaired the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on GPO/2001 Vision. Ridley was part of an informal group (Dupont Circle Group) that initiated discussion on reshaping the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). He was instrumental in helping to organize the "Chicago Congerence on the Future of Federal Government Information", held in October 1993. And he was a member of the Coalition of Many Organizations (COMA)/ARL, ALA-GODORT, ALA, SLA, AALL - a group of members from the four major library associations to discuss and come up with a general statement concerning mutual agreement on what must constitute the Federal Depository Library Program in any future Congressional legislation. In addition to being awarded the CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award in 1992, Ridley received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC-CH School of Library and Information Science in 1996 and was the third ever recipient of the University of North Carolina Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2000. What better way to honor someone who has devoted his career to providing access to government information, who has shared his enthusiasm and love for government information with colleagues, students, faculty, staff, members of Congress, congressional staff, and "anyone else who will listen" then by awarding them the James Bennet Childs Award?

2003 - Carolyn Kohler

The 2003 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award is Carolyn Kohler, currently the Head of the Government Documents Department at the University of Iowa Libraries. The Childs Award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents librarianship.

As stated in her nomination letter, "Kohler, Carolyn - Collected Good Works would be the first subject heading assigned if librarians could catalog her distinguished career." Carolyn's contributions to government documents librarianship span over 30 years. She joined the University of Iowa staff in 1968 as state, foreign, and international documents librarian. In just three years she was promoted to department head and has served in that capacity and as regional depository librarian ever since.

On the state-wide level, Carolyn was instrumental in establishing the Iowa Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable (ILA/GODORT) section and served as its first Chair in 1973-74. She chaired the Committee to Draft an Iowa State Depository Law from 1973-78 and played a pivotal role in the final passage of that law in 1978. In addition, she was a member of the Iowa State Library Depository Documents Advisory Council from 1976-1986 and served on a State Library Task Force to Study the Future of the State Documents Depository Program in 1997-98. She chaired the committee on the Iowa State Plan (for the Federal Depository Library Program) in 1983-84, and is currently working with the committee charge with updating the plan.

Carolyn takes her regional librarian duties very seriously. She is a regular attendee at the Federal Depository Library Conferences and had made several presentations at these meetings. In her fall 2001 presentation, "Regional Superseded List Revision," Carolyn highlighted her creation of databases which regional libraries can use to evaluate GPO superseded lists and regional retention policies. Carolyn communicates electronically with Iowa's selective depositories via Govdoc-Iowa, a listserv set up several years ago at Carolyn's behest and hosted by the University of Iowa. Information on the listserv and other "Resources of Use to Federal Depository Libraries in Iowa" are on the Government Publications Department (GPD) web page at Carolyn is also a frequent presenter at ILA/GODORT workshops and ILA fall conference sessions. Her strong stance on maintaining access for non-university patrons comes through loud and clear in all discussions concerning "non-primary clientele."

Carolyn has made the Government Publications Department a strong center of service within the University of Iowa Libraries. This has most assuredly helped countless faculty, staff, students, but that high level of service is consciously extended to statewide constituents as well. Carolyn was instrumental in making sure the documents department was included as a participant in the UI's "Virtual Reference" pilot, which will begin in January 2003. Carolyn helped team-teach the SLIS documents class in 1987, has given numerous presentations on documents librarianship to library classes, and she has always welcomed library practicum students into the documents department for 40- to 80-hour practicum experiences. These practicum students have been assigned meaningful projects that both help out the department and also enable the students to envision what documents librarianship could mean to them. It is felt that the positive experience in Carolyn's department taught these students that documents work could be interesting, nay, even cool and thus Carolyn has brought new faces into the documents realm, another kind of "significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship."

Carolyn's national involvement also encompasses many fields of documents librarianship. Carolyn was one of 11 American librarians invited to attend a 3-day training workshop for European Union depository librarians, held in Brussels in June 1997. A charter member of ALA/GODORT, Carolyn was elected to positions of Secretary, International Documents Task Force Coordinator (twice), and Federal Documents Task Force Coordinator. She has served on numerous GODORT committees in the past, is currently serving on the Bylaws and Organization Committee, and is the National Action Alert Network contact for Iowa. Carolyn lobbied successfully to be the host of GODORT's Government Information Technology Committee (GITCO) CD-ROM Documentation Project. Her foresight in determining the usefulness of such specialized documents databases, including early work in creating departmental Notebook files (an ancient DOS-based program), provided the foundation for this project and numerous others.

Carolyn's work style is based on working away quietly; getting routine departmental duties done in an organized and accurate manner; plus putting in long hours on complex projects, many of which she seems to volunteer for. When the results are in, once again we'll all benefit greatly from the quiet, hard work of a supremely dedicated documents librarian, Carolyn Kohler. What a job she has done!

2004 - Robert A. Walter


Robert A. Walter, Dean of the Leonard H. Axe Library at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, is the 2004 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of documents librarianship.


This award is being presented to Bob for his distinguished and sustained contributions to documents librarianship. During his career of 25 years he has played an active part within GODORT. Most of this work has been concerned with the legislative activities of the organization. He has been both a member and chair of the GODORT Legislation Committee for over half of his 25-year career. Within ALA he has represented GODORT by being a member of the ALA Committee on Legislation, the ALA Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Government Information and the ALA Legislation Assembly. Bob not only served more than one term on these committees, but he also chaired these committees. He also was appointed as GODORT's representative to the Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy. As one of his letters stated "Bob is one of those rare individuals who can contribute on so many levels - as a passionate and articulate spokesperson of an issue, as a behind the scenes crafter of resolution language, as an organizing leader or strategy facilitator - and make it all seem so effortless in the process."

Bob also has supported the government depository library program by serving on the Depository Library Council from 1984-1987. A former chair of the Council noted that "Bob was a major contributor to the writing of Council recommendations and served as a facilitator during lively and contentious meetings with the Superintendent of Documents and the government documents librarians representing the depositories across the country."

Within the state of Kansas, Bob has been very active. He has promoted documents and their use during his tenure as Documents Librarian at Pittsburg State University and has continued this after his appointment to Director and then Dean of the library. In the Kansas Library Association (KLA) he has worked hard within its GODORT chapter since he arrived in the state in 1981. During 1983/84 he served as chair of KLA/GODORT and as a reward for his work he either volunteered or was volunteered to help develop and write the state plan for the state. Bob has just finished his term of president of KLA, which in Kansas requires one to agree to a three-year commitment. In the years between the above-mentioned positions, he agreed to serve as the KLA Parliamentarian. He has held this position for 12 years. This would have been 15 years but he took off three years when he won the election to serve as President. Outside of KLA he has represented librarianship by accepting governor appointed positions on the Kansas Library Network Board (1998-2004) and the Kansas State Library Advisory Commission (1987-1995). During his tenure he agreed to chair both organizations. Previous to his appointment to the Kansas Library Network Board, he served on that Board's Committee on Preservation (1990-1993).

2005 - Ernest G. (Gil) Baldwin III

Ernest G. (Gil) Baldwin III was chosen as the 2005 recipient of the James Bennett Childs award. After 32 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), Gil Baldwin has earned great respect and abiding affection from the depository library community. He began his career at GPO in 1973 and served in a variety of staff and management positions including Director of Library Programs. He now is the Director of the National Bibliography Program Planning Coordination Office.

Gil’s leadership has strongly influenced the FDLP and open access to government information. One nomination letter stated, “I’ll start with the bottom line—in my seventeen years as a documents librarian I have not met anyone who has provided better service to the documents community than Gil Baldwin.” Gil is widely known in the community for his quiet leadership, his interest in listening to depository librarians’ concerns, and his sustained commitment to the profession of documents librarianship and public access to government information.

His nominators all noted his qualities as a strong mentor, leader, and manager who knows how to pull people together for effective teamwork. Some of the programs at GPO that began under his leadership include the visiting experts program, preparation of a collection development policy for the electronic collection, and development of an integrated library system to assist with managing the library-like processes at GPO. He was also responsible for the pilot project that made GPO Access free to all citizens, and he oversaw the beginning of the transition from a paper-based program to a mostly electronic program.

In addition to his work at GPO, Gil’s professional contributions include long-term advocacy for the FDLP and depository librarians, contributions to the professional literature, and active participation in professional organizations, although none of this was required by his positions at GPO. He has gained a reputation in the community and at GPO for standing up for what he believes is right even when that stand may be unpopular.

Gil is best known for his quiet manner of working, never demanding center stage or attention for himself. In fact, he would probably be embarrassed to know how much he is admired by his colleagues. In honor of his years of leadership and his abiding dedication to the Federal Depository Library Program and no-fee, permanent public access to government information, GODORT has named Gil Baldwin the recipient of the 2005 James Bennett Childs Award.

2006 - Grace Ann York

Grace York, Coordinator of the Documents Center of the University of Michigan Libraries, is the 2006 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award.

This award is being presented to Grace for her distinguished and sustained contributions to documents librarianship. Grace not only recognized the potential value of networked telecommunications to librarianship as a member of the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on the Internet from 1993 to 1995, but she was one of the earliest people to put it to work for us and our patrons' benefit, first in the form of Gopher and then as the mighty Documents Center website.

Since its inception in 1995, the award-winning Documents Center website has been an invaluable reference tool. It remains groundbreaking in its use of new technologies including web feeds and video casting. One of Grace's nominators pointed out that the Documents Center's home page and many internal pages are individually cataloged in OCLC. Grace has also always used the Documents Center and its predecessors as a springboard for providing service to other librarians.

Grace has hosted the ALA-GODORT Handout Exchange since 1994. She also provided services to the depository community such as hosting searching of and back issues of the Government Printing Office's Administrative Notes from September 1995 to December 2004.

All of Grace's nominators also noted her national reputation as an expert on Census statistics and the tools to use them. Indeed, she was providing Census data free on the Internet in 1991. Grace also served as the GODORT liaison to the Census Bureau on DVD software and American FactFinder issues for the 2000 Census.

Additionally, Grace represented the United States at the International Conference on Government Information and Democracy, St. Petersburg, Russia in May 2000 and coordinated reciprocal visits by Russian librarians to Ann Arbor in August 2000 and June 2001.

Grace's enthusiasm for sharing government information and good humor in doing so have made her the quintessential quotable librarian. She's been known to tell new acquaintances "I'm a Government Documents Librarian. It's my job to know where the bodies are buried and ensure the public's right to know" or to ask for scanning advice for historical documents on Govdoc-L and define historical as "yesterday or older".

Therefore, in honor of her years of leadership, her gift for using technology to facilitate public access to information and her future as a recipient of FULL Social Security benefits, GODORT presents Grace York with the 2006 James Bennett Childs Award.

2007 - August A. Imholtz, Jr.

August A. Imholtz, Jr., Vice President for Government Documents, Readex (a division of NewsBank, inc), is the 2007 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award.

It is with extreme pleasure that GODORT presents this award to August Imholtz in recognition of his distinguished and sustained contributions to documents librarianship as evidenced by his scholarship and research of United States government publications and by his enthusiasm, knowledge, and scholar’s detail applied to the field of documents research.

As his nomination letter states, “For more than 30 years, August’s contributions to research and scholarship for U. S. Congressional publishing is unequaled. He significantly influenced the creation of access tools in positions at CIS and later at Readex that opened to scholars the incredible treasures published in the Congressional Serial Set.”

Numerous letters were submitted to the Awards Committee outlining August’s career within the Congressional Information Service, LexisNexis and Readex. Beginning with his work, in 1973, as an abstractor and indexer, his editorships for a number of successful projects within CIS and LexisNexis and finally his current position as Readex Digital Vice President, Documents Division, August’s work within ALA/GODORT was documented as well. A large part of his GODORT activities has centered on work as a devoted member and as an active participant in the work of the Rare and Endangered Government Publications Committee.

Writing letters of commendation for some individuals is difficult. It was easy to see that this was not a problem in August’s case. The letters of support contained many accolades of his work and all the letters received could supply material to quote. One of August’s writers stated, “His career traces the modern-day use of congressional documents from rare original publications, through the development of microfiche in the 1970’s, and into the age of digitization. In all professions there are significant events and rare milestone events. August’s many contributions to congressional and legislative research can only be measured against those rare milestone events.”

Therefore, in honor of his years of work with Congressional material, work that will be used by many future documents librarians, researchers and students, GODORT presents August Imholtz with the 2007 James Bennett Childs Award.

A natty booklover from Maryland was known for his wardrobe so neatly planned There was certainty that, when it came to cravat, his valise held not one single four-in-hand

-- George Barnum, U.S. Government Printing Office

2008 - Larry Romans

Mr. Larry Romans, Head of Government Information Services at Vanderbilt University, is the 2008 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award. This award is a tribute to an individual who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents librarianship.

Larry Romans contributions to the Government Documents Roundtable have been longstanding and exemplary, serving as GODORT Chair, Program Committee Chair, GITCO Chair, Education Committee Chair, and Federal Documents Task Force Coordinator, as well serving on the Budget, Legislation, Nominating, and Publications Committees. In each of these positions Mr. Romans has not only defended the public's right to government information, he has done so in a manner that has inspired countless others by his warmth, inclusiveness, dedication, and courage.

Perhaps no member of GODORT has brought government information to the forefront of ALA like Mr. Romans. For years, a concern of the GODORT membership was lack of representation on ALA Council. As a result of Larry’s efforts, GODORT and other round tables have their own councilors. His service on Council is especially notable for his work in political advocacy. As chair of ALA’s Committee on Legislation, Larry placed emphasis on grassroots initiatives, working within ALA and state associations on joint efforts. His election to the ALA Executive Board attests to his stature as a national leader and will serve as a platform from which he will ensure government information issues are addressed.

Two of Larry’s notable achievements are the GODORT Handout Exchange and the Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information. The Handout Exchange, a collection of documents guides from across the country, has been a godsend to librarians seeking information on government-related subjects. As one librarian writes, “the handout exchange was a brilliant idea that not only encouraged librarians to share information but developed a strong community spirit within GODORT.” The Frequently Used Sites Related to U.S. Federal Government Information is one of the best and most comprehensive government information sites on the Internet, helping librarians identify key government resources. These two projects embody Larry’s spirit of cooperation and desire to assist librarians with their everyday work.

If there is one quality that exemplifies Mr. Roman’s leadership, it is his mentoring and support of other librarians. Larry’s award nomination was filled with moving personal testimonies from colleagues whom Larry has helped, guided, supported and encouraged over the years, many of whom have gone on to positions of national leadership due to his efforts. To quote one member “I first encountered Larry, when he was Education Committee chair, and I was no one. He asked me a few questions, like my name and where I worked. That was it; after that he treated me like he had known me forever.” Another librarian writes “I have found Larry to be one of the most courageous librarians I have ever known, standing firm for his convictions, often in the face of strong opposition.” Characteristics such as these: courage, integrity, inclusiveness, and dedication to the profession make Mr. Romans an example to us all and a truly deserving recipient of GODORT’s highest award.

2009 - Andrea Sevetson

Andrea Sevetson, Information Professional Consultant, LexisNexis Academic and Library Solutions, is the 2009 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award. This award is being given to Andrea for her significant and sustained contributions to government documents librarianship. Andrea’s recognition stems not only from her work in GODORT but also her contributions to ALA, the U.S. Census Bureau, and currently at LexisNexis Academic and Library Solutions.

Numerous letters were submitted to the GODORT Award’s Committee outlining Andrea’s illustrious career. Andrea has the distinction of serving as Chair of GODORT (1996-1997) and Chair of the U.S. Public Printer’s Depository Library Council (2001-2002). Andrea has also chaired the GODORT Bylaws Committee (2001-2002), served as Program Committee Chair (1995-1996), and the International Documents Task Force Coordinator (1993-1994) as well as serving as a member on numerous standing committees.

It is also important to note Andrea’s contributions to other GODORT initiatives, including her work as the first GODORT Web Administrator (1993-2001), and her outstanding work as the Lead Editor of DttP (2003-2009). Andrea is known as the Godmother of the Policy and Procedures Manual (PPM) and, as several nominators noted, can cite chapter and verse at any meeting for any area covered by the PPM. It is to her credit that she almost single-handedly revised the PPM to reflect parliamentary and technological changes. In each these roles, Andrea has set a new standard for achievement and excellence. In particular, her references noted her uncanny ability to connect people and projects based on their skills and personal attributes, and the outstanding quality of all the products she has led and developed.

Equally important, however, are Andrea’s contributions outside of GODORT. Her work on the Inter-Agency Working Group on Government Information Policy (IAWG), her contributions as a librarian working with European Union materials, and her work as a Special Assistant for Government Information at the California Digital Library all were noted by her nominators as significant contributions to the government information arena. Lastly, it is also important to note her work with the U.S. Census Bureau in making older decennial censuses and the Statistical Abstract of the United States available electronically, and now as a trainer for LexisNexis Academic and Library Solutions. Each job has required detailed knowledge of government information, and Andrea has brought forward to those positions the same energy, dedication, and leadership which she committed to GODORT.

Therefore, in honor of Andrea’s contributions to GODORT and all users of government information it is indeed an honor to present the James Bennett Child Award to Andrea Sevetson.

2010 - Sandee McAninch

Ms. Sandee McAninch is the 2010 recipient of the James Bennett Childs Award. This award is being given to Sandee for her significant and long-term contributions to government documents librarianship. While Sandee has been a sustaining member of GODORT, this award is also in recognition of her contributions to the U.S. Public Printer’s Depository Library Council, Chair of GODORT (1988), Chair of the Kentucky Library Association/GODORT (1998-1999), as well as being the Regional library at the University of Georgia and now at the University of Kentucky. As well Sandee has spent a great deal of time and energy working on outside projects such as Chair of the Steering Committee for the Collaborative Federal Depository Program which is sponsored by the SE Research Libraries. Also noteworthy are her appearances before Congress testifying on behalf of GODORT and ALA on important government information issues. She has also published a bibliography of government publications on solar power.

Equally important are the number of graduate students who have attended the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science that have been influenced by Sandee. Through her course on government information Sandee has guided many graduate students towards becoming government information librarians. Her knowledge, breath, depth, and range of government information and related issues have led her to mentor many new government document librarians.

Sandee is held in high esteem as noted by her nominators. Acknowledged as “knowing all things about government information” as well as being an influence to GODORT, ALA, and ARL policy makers in responding to the myriad of issues that Sandee has witnessed over her career. Her nominators also noted Sandee’s vision regarding the importance of incorporating t electronic government information into the federal depository library program when it was first introduced./p>

It is indeed a pleasure and honor to bestow the 2010 James Bennett Childs Award to Sandee McAninch.

2011 - Tim Byrne

The 2011 James Bennett Childs Award is given to Tim Byrne, Senior Outreach Librarian at the US Dept of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information for his lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries.

Tim’s letters of nomination note, in a career spanning more than 30 years, he has been a prominent force in the field of documents librarianship. Tim worked to make the University of Colorado-Boulder Library a source for technical information and administered one of the largest collections of government technical reports in the country. Further, he used the knowledge of that collection to aid in the work with GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance) and their TRAIL (Technical Report Archive and Image Library) Project. Tim was solely responsible for helping teach the group the importance of, knowledge held by, and unique contributions that could be made by government documents librarians. These contributions ranged from teaching project participants about the history of particular series of publications to helping the project contact and share the vision of the project with leaders in government agency information divisions. His ability to reach out to these individuals and groups with expediency demonstrated his extensive network within the government documents community.”

As a regional librarian, he has been active and interested, coordinating monthly meetings to keep librarians in selective depositories informed and to facilitate their knowledge of federal information sources. He has worked with the Five-State Depository Meetings then spearheaded the Government Information in the 21st Century Project to build the knowledge of electronic government information by librarians and library staff of all types. This project was the recipient of an IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant award (2006-2008). Since moving to the Department of Energy, he has provided training to the depository community, either on-site or virtually. And more recently he has been working as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s School of Information Science teaching government documents.

Tim has made presentations at a variety of conferences and mediums, and through on-site and virtual connections. He has served on seventeen different committees and task forces in GODORT, many of them for multiple terms, and more recently he served on the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer and as its chair.

One letter sums up Tim’s career, “Tim Byrne’s commitment to Government Documents, to Government Information and to the librarian profession can be readily observed in his record of professional service to many organizations, and also in his work at Virginia Commonwealth University, at the University of Colorado-Boulder and now at OSTI. Tim continues to be active in the Documents Community and to leave his mark on other librarians and the public with his training sessions. Educating his colleagues and the next generation of librarians about the importance of Government Information is just one admirable quality that makes Tim Byrne rise to the top in my esteem and why I support his nomination for this lifetime achievement award.”

2012 - John B. Phillips

John B. Phillips is the recipient of the 2012 James Bennett Childs Award. This award honors a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries.

The many letters received in support of his nomination list contributions in a number of areas including: leadership as a government documents librarian, teaching and mentoring of government documents librarians, work with GODORT, the Depository Library Council, the Patent Depository Library Association, the Oklahoma Library Association, contributions to the TRAIL project, and work with publishers creating highly valued reference tools and documents collections. His contributions span close to forty years.

Many of his letters speak words of great praise for his career in the Government Documents Department at Oklahoma State University, starting as a documents cataloger, moving up to department head, and later adding the title Director, Digital Oklahoma Maps Collection. In addition, the letters speak of John’s commitment to the students and faculty at Oklahoma State and the seriousness with which he carried out his role as regional depository librarian. Also mentioned was John’s passion for advocating the primary research value of historical government publications and his love for speaking about how to find and use historical materials. (Please ask him about barbed wire!) The McCasland Digital Collection of Early Oklahoma and Indian Territory Maps was often pointed to as a great example of his work.

John’s letters noted his role as a teacher and mentor. For many years, he taught the government publications course at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. He has influenced many librarians over the course of his career, including some whose names are well known in depository circles and some whose names will become known in the next few years.

His association with GODORT has been long and productive including chairing the Rare and Endangered Publications Committee and the Awards Committee. He also served as secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on Digitization of Government Information and, in 2003, he received the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award.

He was a member of the Depository Library Council and served as Chair during the final year of his term. John has also made a number of presentations at the Federal Depository Library Conference. He was an active participant in the Regional Depository Librarians meetings and served a year as chair of that group. Following the fall 2004 Depository Library Council Meeting he was invited to speak with the staff of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration about the transition from a predominately print to a more electronic FDLP.

Also noted in the letters were John’s contributions to patent depositories. He was a founding member of the Patent Depository Library Association and served as a Regional Representative, as well as Chair-elect and Chair. He compiled the Directory of Patent Depository Libraries. In recognition of his years of giving presentations and workshops on patents, the Oklahoma Inventor’s Congress granted him a lifetime membership. John has also been very active in the Oklahoma Library Association, giving numerous presentations and poster sessions over the years and serving as chair of the OLA Government Documents Roundtable. In 2007, the Oklahoma Library Association presented him with the Oklahoma Library Legends Award.>

In short, John is a leader within the national field of government documents librarianship, and his professional endeavors are of the highest quality and value to the profession. Two quotes from his letters of support sum up why he was selected for the Childs Award: “John loves government documents and one of his greatest joys is sharing and inspiring this love with others” and “John has been one of the most dedicated, caring, knowledgeable, and informative government information librarians I’ve ever known.”

2013 - Barbara S. Selby

Barbara (Barbie) S. Selby is the recipient of the 2013 James Bennett Childs Award. This award honors a person who has made a lifetime and significant contribution to the field of government documents and their use in libraries.

The many letters received in support of Barbie’s nomination list contributions in a number of areas including: leadership and dedication to providing access to government information, commitment to communication with the selective depositories in Virginia as the Regional Librarian, training initiatives, work with GODORT, the Depository Library Council, and written contributions as well as a variety of presentations. Her contributions span close to thirty years.

As a Regional Librarian overseeing thirty-nine selective depositories, it was noted that Barbie has done an outstanding job of fostering communication, developing expertise, and providing opportunities for collaborative projects. She frequently visits her selective depositories and helps them make the most of their collections and fulfill the aspirations of the federal depository library program. She assisted a selective depository in justifying whey they should remain a depository library and has organized a first-rate discard process. She has annual meetings of all Virginia depository staff and coordinates a variety of training initiatives -- all of which are just some examples of her dedication and commitment to help selective depositories in Virginia be the best they can be.

Most recently, Barbie led the writing of a new State Plan, developing, with a team of government information librarians around the state, eight initiatives for creating opportunities that will expand the public’s knowledge of government information and promote the services of depository libraries. Barbie has served on a variety of ALA/GODORT committees and as GODORT Secretary. In 1999, she received the Bernadine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award.

Her contributions during her tenure as a member and chair of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer to the United States, 2003-2006 were invaluable. She was able to begin to pivot the thinking of both the depository community and the U.S. Government Printing Office toward a more flexible, forward-thinking Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). She continues to challenge the entire depository community to think in new and more creative ways to sustain the FDLP without compromising access to government information. She is always thinking about library collections broadly and with a practical eye, always with the user in mind.

In short, Barbie has inspired documents professionals with her expertise, skillful interpersonal relationships, and enthusiasm for public access to government information. She has done great things for Virginia’s depository libraries as well as the nation’s. And to quote from one of her letters of support as to why she was selected for the Childs Award – “I feel certain that Barbie is not done yet.”