Recipients of the LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award

Documents to the People Awardees
Award Recipients 1977 - 1996 Award Recipients 1997 - 2013
1977 Joe Morehead
1978 Lois Mills
1979 Yuri Nakata
1980 Sandra K. Faull
1981 LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf
1982 Arne Richards
1983 Nancy M. Cline
1984 Jaia Barrett
1985 Barbara Smith
1986 Judith E. Myers
1987 Jeanne Isacco
1988 Agnes Ferruso
1989 Govt Pubs Librarians of New England,a NELINET Task Group
1990 Myrtle S. Bolner, Barbara Kile, Jan Swanbeck, Laura Tull
1991 Mary Redmond and the New York State Library
1992 Ridley Kessler 1994 Gary Cornwell
1993 Susan Tulis
1995 Larry Romans
1996 Jack Sulzer

1997 Prue Adler
1998 Grace York
1999 Donna Koepp
2000 Diane Kovacs and Raeann Dossett
2001 Sheila McGarr
2002 Andrea Sevetson
2003 Nan Myers
2004 Counting California (Represented by Rosalie Lack)
2005 Daniel P. O’Mahony
2006 Sherry Mosley
2007 Cathy N. Hartman
2008 Mary Webb Prophet
2009 Daniel Cornwall
2010 Maliaca Oxnam
2011 Lou Malcomb
2012 Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP).
2013 Kirsten Joy Clark

   1977 - Joe Morehead

Joe Morehead, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, State University of New York at Albany, received the first CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award for his effective promotion of the use of federal government documents. Dr. Morehead was presented with a certificate and a check for $1000 made out to the School of Library and Information Science Student Conference Fund.

Dr. Morehead received his Ed.D degree from the University of California (Berkeley) and masters' degrees from Berkeley and the University of Kentucky.

Prior to this position at the State University of New York, he was Reference and Documents Librarian at the San Francisco Public Library. He has served as a consultant for several commercial publishers such as McGraw-Hill and Bowker. He also served as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Index to U.S. Government Periodicals, and has participated in many workshops in federal documents, international documents, legal research and administrative law.

Dr. Morehead has been the recipient of several awards: Beta Phi Kappa; Salutatorian, Trinity College; Haggin Graduate Fellow in Library Science, University of Kentucky; Sustained Superior Performance Award, U.S. Civil Service Commission, London, England. He also received a Grant-in-Aid from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York to study the transfer of the Public Documents Library collection to National Archives.

Articles published by Dr. Morehead have appeared in several education and library publications. He is the author of Introduction to United States Public Documents, and his current publishing activities include "Quorum of One", in DttP, and "Into the Hopper", in Serials Librarian.

Published in DttP, v.5, no.5 (Sept. 1977), p. 152-3

   1978 - Lois Mills
Lois Mills photo
Lois (r), with Sandy Peterson in 1998

There she was, at the IACRL (Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries) meeting last spring busily gathering signatures on a petition to organize a social responsibilities round table within ILA. Typically Lois Mills, teacher, librarian, activist, is not one to sit back and "let the others do it". This short profile does not do justice to Lois' enviable record of professional and social commitment and involvement.

Lois traces her roots to Iowa. Born in Northern Linn County, "near the Wapsipinicon River," she says, Lois attended high school (was student librarian) in Cedar Rapids and received her B.A. from Cornell College, where she naturally worked in the college library. Her first contribution to government publications was to serve as a census enumerator in Cedar Rapids. she taught English, physical education, and "took care of what library there was" at Miles Consolidated School, Iowa, and at Waterford Township, Michigan. At the former she even coached the boys' basketball team.

After a sojourn in the U.S. Army (assigned to Signal Corps Intelligence, served in the Old Munitions Building in Washington, D.C. and then in Germany) she went on to library school at the University of Michigan and received her MALS. Further graduate studies were undertaken at the University of Iowa, Wisconsin and Colorado and at Western Illinois University. Her first full-time library position was at Central High School in Madison, Wisconsin; and while there, she became active in the "Joe-must-go" club devoted to recall Joseph McCarthy from the United States Senate.

Western Illinois State Teachers College (as it was then called) beckoned her in 1954 to teach library science and to serve as librarian of the Laboratory School High School. she accepted the position because she felt that "the only way to get high school teachers to use the library in their work with students was to get them while they were still in undergraduate school." This passion for teaching has been the hallmark of Lois' successful record as librarian.

It was if by some grand design that Lois entered the documents world in 1968, a year marked by unrest in the Nation and a year of beginning ferment in the field of government publications. She immediately plunged into the turmoil at the national and state levels and began organizing task forces for ALA GODORT. ILA GODORT also came into being with Lois as its first president. Countless minutes and reports of documents meetings everywhere include the name Lois Mills as chairperson, speaker, or active participant. We in Illinois have learned that we can depend on Lois to attend any meeting even if it means her getting out of bed before 5:00 a.m., or paying her own way.

Lois' world is larger than documents librarianship. We are not surprised to see her dossier that she participates in campus activities: "AAUP since 1954, have been chapter president three times, secretary once and chair of numerous committees. Have edited (and still do) for most of 14 years (Dialogue), the AAUP newsletter. Have frequently represented both WIU and state conference at National AAUP meetings." Other campus activities include serving on the Faculty Senate, chair of major committees, like the search committees for the President of the University and for the Director of Libraries.

Lois cites as the activity which is one of her most time and energy consuming tasks, but also most satisfying, her work with the campus newspaper the Courier (various titles) for the past nine years, "not as a journalism advisor but all efforts directed at keeping the paper going--after they were removed from campus by action of the President. One of ten faculty members who formed a corporation to publish the paper and have been very active as President of the Board."

And it comes as no surprise that she is a member of the NAACP, ACLU, Cause, and the League of Women votes and that she was elected as Democratic Precinct Committeewoman in 1978.

Lois has been Head of the Government Publications and Legal Reference Department at Western Illinois University, Macomb, for the past decade. Her activities in documents librarianship have earned her GODORT's 1978 "Documents to the People" Award, which, in typical Mills fashion, she has assigned to the University of Michigan School of Library Science, with the condition that the $1,000 be used to enhance the teaching of the course in government publications. Where she gets the elixir to keep running, and where she gets more than 24-hours a day, she is not sharing. They were not revealed on her dossier.

Written by Yuri Nakata, published in DttP, v.6 (1978), p. 185.


   1979 - Yuri Nakata

Yuri Nakata, winner of the third annual "Documents to the People" Award, came to the work of documents librarian indirectly and apparently with no design, as did many of her colleagues.

She was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived there until she was, with other Japanese-Americans, uprooted and "relocated" by a nervous government in 1942 to camps in the states of Washington and Idaho. In 1943 she began college at Greeley, Colorado, and was graduated from there in 1947 with an A.B. degree in education.

In 1947 Yuri moved to Chicago and was employed by the American Library Association in a secretarial position. Personnel at ALA headquarters recognized her capacity for excellence in all she does, and during her seventeen years there she moved up to Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Executive Director.

In 1966 Yuri was employed by the University of Illinois of Chicago Circle as Assistant Reference Librarian with the rank of Instructor. By the fall of 1975 the Documents Section under the Reference Department had become a full-fledged department in its own right with Associate Professor Nakata as head. People in Illinois recognize this collection of over 400,000 federal, State, and local documents together with United Nations materials and the British Parliamentary Papers, as one of the largest and best organized in the State.

As one might expect Yuri has been active in other aspects of university life. She was elected twice to the University Senate for two year terms. She was a member of the Search Committee for University Librarian, a member of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, advisor to the Junior Japanese American Citizens Group on campus, and has held various other appointed and elected offices. She has served on numerous committees within the library.

Yuri's activities have not been confined to her university campus. Her leadership in local and state library groups has been a constant source of inspiration and help to others. She has been actively involved in organizing workshops on documents, particularly local documents. She has spoken at workshops and symposia and gave jointly with Barbara Ford, her assistant librarian, a paper on "Government Publications in Humanistic Research and Scholarship" at the November 1978 ACRL Conference in Boston. Illinois document librarians will not forget her production, with another colleague, Mary McDonald, of a "Popular Names" for Illinois documents or her work on, and publication of a classification scheme for Illinois documents with Michele Strange.

Two grants, one to fund a project to study local documents in a six-county area, and one to fund a workshop for helping reference librarians learn to use government documents, were the result of Yuri's efforts. The first made possible a book recently published by ALA called, Organizing a Local Government Documents Collection. A second book, From Press to People, has also been published in 1979 by ALA and is a manual for organization and administration of a government documents library. Other activities in the publishing world include her membership on two editorial boards, those of Government Publications Review and of the Index to U.S. Government Periodicals.

August 1979 will see a sudden stop to all this productive activity when Yuri leaves her position at the university and returns to the Northwest, to Oregon this time, for a change of pace. Notice that the work "retire" is not used. Those of us who have worked with Yuri Nakata know that that work and the situation it connotes will never be applied to Yuri.

DttP v. 7, no. 5, p 172 & 175


   1980 - Sandra K. Faull

Sandy Faull, Documents Librarian at the New Mexico State Library, and winner of the CIS/ALA/GODORT "Documents to the People" Award for 1980 has established an impressive record of successes in her field, especially for someone who has not yet turned 30.

As dedicated a Documents Librarian as you'll find anywhere, Sandy tends to emphasize the promotion of government documents, hoping to raise interest in their usefulness with both librarians and the public. To this end, she began and edits the New Mexico Documents Express, a newsletter that featured a pull out section of promotion ideas, most of them her own.

In New Mexico, Sandy is responsible for both federal and state documents, having set up from scratch the New Mexico state documents depository program. She started a bi-monthly annotated bibliography of current federal and state docs, New Mexico Selected List for Federal and State Publication, and is active in presenting workshops around the state.

She is a founder of the Documents Round Table of the New Mexico Library Association, and is currently service as chairman.

Sandy came to New Mexico State Library in 1978 from Stockton State College in Pomona, New Jersey, where she was Public Services/Documents Librarian and Assistant Professor from 1975-1978. While there, she implemented an automated indexing system called CODOC for local, state, corporate, international, and federal governments.

Even then, Sandy was "into" promoting her field. She wrote scripts and was the talent for two television modules on library instruction, and twice participated in team teaching "Introduction to Library Skills." She also created displays, bibliographies and pathfinders that increased the awareness of the documents collection, and gave in-service workshops on government docs, health sciences, and women's studies.

During her tenure at Stockton she served on the Library Personnel Committee and the College Affirmative Action Committee.

Sandy's first professional job was as head of the Documents Department at the Calvin T. Ryan Library at Kearney (Nebraska) State College, from 1973 to 1975. Besides doing the classification, statistical and organizational tasks associated with her position, Sandy also acted as liaison member to the Political Science, Business, and Economics Departments, and taught Educational Media courses in "Utilization of Media Materials" and "Introduction to Media Services."

Sandy has numerous productions to her credit including co-compiler of the Cumulative Title Index to United States Documents, 1789-1976. Recently, she was named as a columnist and member of the Editorial Board for the newly-established journal, Community Analysis Studies, published by New Mexico Highlands University. She is currently working with two other librarians on a reference book about using government documents at the reference desk, and she is writing a paper on how to evaluate state documents depository library systems.

All in all a very special young librarian, one to watch as she hits the age when librarians usually just begin to make their mark.

Written by Joan Plessner for DttP v8:6, Nov 1980 p256
Edited for the Awards Committee Web Pages by Cathy Hartman, March 2000.


   1981 -  LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf

An item in the September 1976 DttP read: "Tony Miele announced that CIS has proposed a Congressional Information Service-Government Documents Round Table Annual Award." The report went on to discuss the purpose of the award, the stipend and other matters. In the March 1977 issue of DttP GODORT's approval of this award was made manifest by the appearance of Nomination Forms. I lost no time in submitting the name of LeRoy C. Schwarzkopf for the honor, believing him to be the most qualified representative. Unfortunately, the Awards Committee chose the wrong person for the first award. I continued to nominate LeRoy for this distinction, and I am happy to say that I will no longer have to perform that annual ritual. I am deeply pleased that he is the fifth recipient, for no one in my judgement is more deserving.

Although I have known LeRoy professionally for a decade and personally for almost as long, our infrequent meetings rarely permitted up to range in discourse beyond the topic of our mutual government documents concerns. For this Profile, however, I was able to garner information about LeRoy's activities and accomplishments outside of the profession of librarianship, information that reveals a depth and dimension to the man perhaps unknown to many of his colleagues.

For one thing, LeRoy was a superb athlete. While attending Yale University as an undergraduate, he was Ivy League cross country champion (also third in NCAA competition and an All-American), IC4A two mile run champion. Indeed, his prowess in track was good enough for him to have made the U.S. Olympic final trials for the 1944 quadrennial games. For those of us whose aerobic exertions seldom extend beyond the mailbox for our morning newspaper, the dedication that makes an outstanding runner is to be appreciated.

Much of LeRoy's twenty year career as a U.S. Army officer was spent directly involved in that most hazardous of activities-bomb disposal. While stationed in Japan just after World War II hostilities had ended, he defuzed hundreds of incendiary bombs, numerous 500# and 2000# high explosive bombs, many Japanese beached sea mines and U.S. 16" naval shells, and was responsible for the destruction of hundreds of butterfly bombs, several naval aerial influence mines, and thousands of tons of captured Japanese ammunition and explosives. If you watched the riveting PBS series "Danger UXB", you are aware of the courage and, to use Hemingway's phrase, grace under pressure necessary to perform that kind of work over sustained periods of time.

Having left military service long enough to earn an M.A. in Education at the University of Michigan, LeRoy was recalled to active duty during the Korean War because of his critical Military Occupational Specialty. In the summer of 1952, as unit commander of an army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, he had the lead (non-speaking, but with voice -over commentary) role in Army Training Film TF 9-1810 entitled "Explosive Ordnance Disposal-Access and Recovery." This 21-minute film, shot at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland showed LeRoy with his unit in simulated action illustrating all the delicate strategies of locating and disposing unexploded bombs. Of course, LeRoy cannot claim as many film credits as the current occupant of the White House, but who among us can list on our resume an appearance in an official government film?

Like many whose civilian pursuits were interrupted by the Korean "police action", LeRoy decided to remain in service. He performed duty in several positions of increasing responsibility until retirement in 1966 as Lieutenant Colonel, Ordnance Corps. While assigned to two armed services schools during various stages of his military career, he became involved in collecting technical reports and standard publications from all branches of the service, and this was the genesis of his interest in librarianship. Consequently, after military service he earned his M.L.S. from Rutgers University in 1967. Of note is the pleasant coincidence that our colleague, Dr. Patricia Reeling, taught the government documents course that LeRoy taken. From library school to work in the University of Maryland Libraries constitutes the most recent chapter in the odyssey of this multi-talented person, and he is at present Head, Documents/Maps Unit, McKeldin Library.

LeRoy's accomplishment in this, his "second" career is well-known to anyone who works with government publications. We read his monthly column, "U.S. Publications", in the The Booklist; we peruse his reviews in American Reference Books Annual (ARBA); we turn to his ALA Yearbook column, "Government Publications and Depository System"; we find his several articles in Drexel Library Quarterly, Government Publications Review and in the ERIC database; but perhaps best of all, we are the fortunate recipients of his editing and writing for Documents to the People. Considering that LeRoy has a full-time job, his writing and many committee assignments constitute a sustained level of service to the profession that is nothing short of amazing.

Nevertheless, LeRoy manages many outside interests. His reading includes military history, with emphasis on the Civil War and World War II. He misses few operas that play in the Washington-Baltimore-Annapolis area. He has an abiding interest in drams, attending as many professional and community groups specializing in Shakespeare and the classics as time permits. Like many productive individuals, LeRoy finds time for activities that transcend the merely vocational component of his life.

Finally, I would like to mention an attribute that has left a profound impression on me, and that is LeRoy's total thoughtfulness and responsiveness. Despite his busy schedule, he has never failed to answer my questions, offer advice and opinion, share his great knowledge of documents problems with me. The benefits of this interchange have been of inestimable value to me in my teaching and research. LeRoy is one who honors his commitments, does not eschew responsibility, and demonstrates fidelity to those formal and informal bonds of duty and loyalty that characterize the professional ethos. Documents librarianship is fortunate indeed to number LeRoy among its practitioners. And I am fortunate indeed to call him my colleague and friend.

By Joe Morehead
DttP v. 9, no. 5, p. 176-177

   1982 - Arne Richards

    - 1983 - Nancy M. Cline

Nancy Cline photo

The 1983 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Nancy M. Cline (right in photo, with Barbara Kile), a librarian whose deep commitment to public access to government information is evidenced by her dedicated service to Pennsylvania State University library users, her tireless involvement in professional library activities, and her valuable contribution to governmental and private documents distribution systems.

Nancy Cline worked in the Government Documents Section of the Pennsylvania State University Libraries for over ten years, much of that time as head of the Section. Her abilities as a librarian can be seen in the superb organization of, and access to, this collection.

During her career Ms. Cline has been an enthusiastic participant in documents activities. She served as chair of ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) for two years, as a member of the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council for three years, and as chair of an ALA/GODORT Study Committee investigating the collections, bibliographic access and reference services for government documents at the Library of Congress. In 1978, she co-edited the Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS) Directory of Government Document Collections and Librarians.

Ms. Cline has played a particularly significant role in the area of documents micropublishing. As chair of the Depository Library Council's Committee on Micrographics and of the Public Printer's Council on Micropublishing, she was instrumental in the development of the Government Printing Office's Micropublishing Program. This program has resulted in the distribution of millions of government publications in microformat to the library community.

For her past contributions to documents librarianship and her own continuing advocacy of the dissemination of federally-sponsored publications, Nancy M. Cline certainly deserves the recognition that the CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award represents.

   1984 - Jaia Barrett

   1985 - Barbara Smith

   1986 - Judith E. Myers

Judy Myers, head of the Public Service Automation Project at the University of Houston-University Park Library, has been selected to receive the 1986 ALA/GODORT/CIS "Documents to the People" award.

Presented annually, the "Documents to the People" award honors an individual or institution for effectively encouraging the use of federal documents. The award includes a $2,000 stipend.

Myers received the stipend at the 16 th annual CIS Government Documents Breakfast, held June 30, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Library Association (ALA), Congressional Information Service, Inc. (CIS), sponsor of the breakfast and co-sponsor of the award, is a leading indexer and micropublisher of information issued by government sources.

Myers served the library profession as a member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer from 1979-1982. She was chairperson of the council during 1981-1982.

She also held several leadership roles in ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), including chairperson of the cataloging committee, and coordinator of the Federal Documents Task Force. She has been active within her local library community, having served as chair of the Documents Round Table of the Texas Library Association for 1976-77.

A GODORT statement described Myers as "an active promoter of federal documents in support of library service. Well respected by her colleagues, she certainly deserves the recognition that the ALA/GODORT/CIS Documents to the People Award represents."

Past recipients of the "Documents to the People" award include Barbara Smith, Jaia Barrett, Nancy Cline, Sandra Faull, Lois Mills, Joseph Morehead, Yuri Nakata, Arne Richards, and LeRoy Schwarzkopf.

DttP v. 14, no. 3, p. 122-123


   1987 - Jeanne Isacco

Jeanne Isaaco photo

The CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award recognizes an individual who has effectively encouraged the use of federal documents in support of library service. Jeanne Isacco, Head of the Main Durham County Library in Durham, North Carolina, is the 1987 recipient. Ms. Isacco has been active in GODORT serving as Chair of the Round Table from 1980-1982. She also serves as a member of ALA Council from 1980 to present and chairs the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics.

Ms. Isacco's encouragement of the use of federal documents may be traced back at least as far as the appearance of a short list of "Helpful Hints for Ordering from G.P.O." in the January 1975 Documents to the People. At the time, she had just been hired by the Government Printing Office to develop an automated inventory control system for their sales program. That short article in DttP only hinted at what was to come later. The result of her efforts at G.P.O. was the Publications Reference File, a one-step/easy look-up finding aid that became a standard reference tool for locating U.S. documents.

Ms. Isacco left her position at the G.P.O. but has never stopped being a documents librarian. Highlights of her subsequent documents activities include her consultations on the use of documents while serving as Program Director for state and Public Libraries at OCLC and her presentation during an ALA Membership meeting of the shortcomings of the Lacy Commission Report on matters concerning government information policies. It was a superb analysis delivered with statesmanlike skills. Ms. Isacco will receive a $2,000 stipend contributed by the Congressional Information Service, Inc. to be designated for the institution of her choice to be used for promotion of the use of federal documents.

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

   1988 - Agnes Ferruso

Agnes Ferruso photo

   1989 - Government Publications Librarians of New England (GPLNE)

The CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is presented in recognition of effective encouragement of the use of documents in support of library service. The Government Publications Librarians of New England (GPLNE): A NELINET Task Group, has been in the forefront of publicizing and promoting the use of government documents within the six-state region, and has been active nationally since its organization in 1971.

The purpose of GPLNE is "to facilitate the use of government documents by making them more readily available to the public and by sharing mutual expertise to develop the best methods of documents control." Projects to carry out this purpose include the publication of a New England union list of item selections, the publication of a free newsletter (Infodocs Reviews) to review government publications selected for non-depository libraries, sponsoring continuing education conferences to train non-depository librarians to use and to provide access to federal, state, and international documents, establishing a speaker's bureau of the Library of Congress and library groups, to improve bibliographic access to government publications, and to expand the scope of the depository program.

The greatest achievement of GPLNE has been to provide a network of support, education, and exchange for government publications librarians throughout the region. As a group they offer an example of interaction, cooperation, and mutual growth which others will emulate. The group has provided leadership in the use of government documents in support of library services. The current chairman is Jim Walsh, Head, Government Documents and Microforms, Boston College.

Published in DttP, v.17, no.2 (June 1989)

   1990 - Myrtle Smith Bolner, Jan Swanbeck, Barbara Kile, Laura Tull

Group photo of awardees

The Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association bestows the 1990 CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award jointly to Myrtle Smith Bolner (Louisiana State University), Barbara Kile (Rice University), Laura Tull (Texas A & M University), and Jan Swanbeck (University of Florida at Gainesville).

First given by GODORT in 1977 to Joe Morehead (State University of New York at Albany), the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award annually honors an individual, a library, an institution, or any other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of Federal documents in support of library service. The Congressional Information Service, Inc. provides $2000 and an engraved plaque to the Award winners.

The 1990 award goes to these four librarians for their revision of the Government Printing Office MARC tapes to create a new and unique bibliographic tool for Federal documents. Marcive, Inc. contracted with the four university libraries to provide a cosmetic "cleanup" of the MARC records created by the Library of Congress, the Government Printing Office, other Federal agencies, and cooperating libraries between 1976 and 1988. Realizing cosmetics were non-productive to bibliographic control and, ultimately, futile, these four librarians led their staffs in a total revision of over a quarter of a million MARC records. For this extra effort, involving many late nights and weekends, neither they nor their staffs received extra compensation. Their professional dedication to the creation of vastly improved bibliographic access to Federal information epitomizes GODORT's motto and the Award's name, "Documents to the People".

Published in DttP, v.18, no.2 (June 1990), p. 95.

   1991 -  Mary Redmond

The CIS/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is presented in recognition of notably effective encouragement of the use of documents in supports of library service. CIS supports the award with a $2,000 stipend which the recipient may use for a project of his or her choice. CIS has sponsored the award since 1977.

The 1991 CIS award is being made jointly to Mary Redmond, Principal Librarian for Legislative and Governmental Services at the New York State Library, and the New York State Library. The 1991 award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to documents librarianship and the institution where she works because they together have undertaken a noteworthy attempt to improve services.

The award to Mary Redmond and the New York State Library recognizes the work by the State Library to improve the New York State Documents Depository program. Mary Redmond and the New York State Library have worked most effectively to encourage the use of documents in support of the library service in New York state. The New York State Library staff cooperated with the New York Library Association Government Documents Roundtable to enhance the depository system. The leadership efforts of the library administration and the enthusiasm of the staff for an improved program in New York have been appreciated.

Ms. Redmond has made many contributions to documents librarianship and to both state and federal documents through her position in New York and with her other professional accomplishments. Ms. Redmond's nomination for one of GODORT's highest honors recognizes her fine work as editor of DttP, her work with the New York depository library program, her organization of the state conference on New York documents and her encouragement and support for documents programs in New York as well as nationally. Mary Redmond has been instrumental in the development and reform of the depository library system for New York State, both in her capacity on the staff of the New York State Library, and as a leader of New York sate documents librarians. Mary Redmond has been Principal Librarian for Legislative and Governmental Services at the New York State Library since 1981. Previous to that time, she was Information Services Coordinator at the Illinois State Library. Her Professional activities include editing the ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies) newsletter, Interface, as well as editing Documents to the People of New York State prior to taking on the editorship of Documents to the People. One of Mary's early publications, her 1976 Guide to Statistics in Illinois State Documents, has served as a model guide to state statistics. She has also been active in the National Conference of State Legislatures.

DttP v. 19, no. 2, p. 72


   1992 - Ridley Kessler

The 1992 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Ridley Kessler, Jr. This annual award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. Ridley Kessler, Regional Documents Librarian at the Davis Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has long been active in promoting the use of government documents. Mr. Kessler taught the government documents course at the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for fourteen years (1975-1990) and his contagious enthusiasm for government documents has been responsible for inspiring numerous librarians to enter the government documents field. He has been an active regional documents librarian, attending library inspections in his state and offering advice or assistance to the selective depositories. He has encouraged the development of cooperative collection development among North Carolina depositories to enhance services to the users of government information in the state. In his own library, he has set standards of excellence, demonstrating a steadfast dedication to public service and the highest degree of professionalism.

Mr. Kessler was a member of the Depository Library Council from 1987-1990 and during his term as Chair of the Council (1989/90), he brought a level of excellence and commitment to the Council which fostered new communication and cooperation between GPO and the depository community. This resulted in his receiving the GPO Distinguished Service Award which is the highest award that the Government Printing Office bestows on an individual.

Mr. Kessler has also testified before Congress on the issue of public access to government information and has become a spokes person for increasing the use and access to government information. He has been active in GODORT, serving notably on the GODORT Legislation Committee. He recently completed for the Federal Documents Task Force a "White Paper on Costs of Electronic Information". As stated in one of the nomination letters, he has "devoted his life to the promotion, service, and use of government documents". This Award, sponsored by the Congressional Information Service, includes a $2,000 cash stipend to be assigned to a project of the recipients' choice that encourages the use of government publications.

DttP v. 20, no. 2, p. 72-73


   1993 - Susan Tulis

The 1993 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Susan Tulis. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. Susan Tulis has spent her entire professional career in the documents field, first as Assistant Documents Librarian, then Documents Librarian at the University of Virginia's Arthur J. Morris Law Library. Susan has been equally active on both the state and national levels. She has served as Coordinator of the Virginia Library Association's (VLA) Public Documents Forum and for nine years was editor of Shipping List, the newsletter of the VLA Public Documents Forum. This newsletter is distributed nationally and is best known for Susan's incisive, first-hand reports of GODORT and Depository Library Council meetings.

Susan has been an active GODORT member serving in numerous capacities including secretary and Chair of GODORT as well as Chair of the Nominating and Program Committees, liaison to the Map and Geography Round Table, and member of the Membership committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and has been Secretary/Treasurer of its Documents Special Interest Section and a member of its Nominating Committee.

But without doubt her greatest honor is that of being the only person ever to be appointed to two terms to the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer (1984-87 and 1990-93). As a Council member, she also served twice as its Secretary. Clearly, Susan's career demonstrates the purpose of this award. As stated in one of her nomination letters, "I can think of no other professional documents librarian who has done more to encourage the use of government information in libraries." This award, sponsored by the Congressional Information Service, includes a $2000 cash stipend to be assigned to a project of the recipient's choice that encourages the use of government publications.

DttP v. 21, no. 2, p. 71


   1994 - Gary Cornwell

Gary Cornwell photo

The 1994 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Gary Cornwell (pictured right, with Duncan Aldrich), Federal Documents librarian at the University of Florida Libraries. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. Gary is recognized as one of the country's leading authorities in the area of online cataloging records for Federal documents. He has worked tirelessly to assist individuals all over the country in the process of loading machine readable records into the online catalog. His efforts in this area include: organizing three highly successful ALA Pre-Conferences, actively participating in the NOTIS Government Documents Cataloging Interest Group, presenting papers at the Research Libraries Group Computer Files Workshop in 1991, the Midwest Federation of Library Associations in 1991, the Depository Library Council in 1990, and the Southeastern Library Association in 1990, and publishing articles in Documents to the People in 1989, and The Reference Librarian in 1991, as well as co-authoring a chapter for the Federal Depository Library Manual on technical processing in 1991 and co-authoring a book chapter entitled, "Guide to Integrating Machine Readable Cataloging Records for Government Documents into the Online Catalog" in Use of Technology in Depository Libraries.

Equally notable is Gary's commitment to the Depository Library Program. Gary served as a member of the Depository Council (1990-93) and as its Chair (1992-93). While Chair of Council Gary assisted the Government Printing Office in the formation of the first GPO Focus Group. It is this group which did the original background work that led to the Dupont Circle Group which in turn resulted in conference held in Washington and Chicago, both of which Gary co-chaired.

Few events have generated such broad scale discussion in the library community as the reports of the GPO Focus Group, the Dupont Circle Group and the Chicago conference. Without Gary Cornwell these papers and the groups that wrote them would not have happened. Gary had the foresight, the energy, and the persistence to make it all work.

DttP v. 22, no. 2, p. 92 - 93


   1995 - Larry Romans

The 1995 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Larry Romans, Documents Librarian and Political Science Bibliographer at Vanderbilt University. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.

Under Larry's leadership, GODORT's Education Committee began sharing and distributing user guides and training handouts from depository libraries in 1989. Handouts were obtained from depositories throughout the country, through committee publicity and cooperation with GPO depository inspectors. The handouts were reproduced and provided to attendees at GODORT programs at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

The very popular program was repeated the next year, but Larry and his committee realized that providing paper handouts to those who attended conferences was excluding many who also could benefit from them. The concept of converting the handouts to floppy disk format meant that all of the handouts could be distributed easily to any library which needed them.

This extensive project to share education materials created by documents librarians is a creative way to multiply the benefits of work done by individual librarians. Since all depositories are serving users with essentially the same information, handouts created in one library can assist another to be more efficient. It is Larry's commitment and many hours of work which have made this useful program such a success.

DttP v. 23, no. 2, p. 117-118


   1996 - Jack Sulzer

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The 1996 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Jack Sulzer (pictured with Julia Wallace), Head of Reference, Pennsylvania State University. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.

This award is being given in recognition of Jack's tireless efforts to improve access to government information. Jack has spent the majority of his professional career working to improve documents services and accessibility. Jack has been involved in all of the major focus groups of the last few years dealing with the future of the Depository Library Program and access to government information. He has published many articles and presented a number of papers and speeches dealing with government information, electronic access to information resources, and the use of computer networks. Jack's contribution as a researcher, writer, and active spokesperson have provided the library community with a vision for the future of government information and more importantly, it has caused the profession to think. Jack possesses an uncanny ability to identify new approaches to old problems. While the rest of us are still trying to apply existing principles to current issues, Jack will develop an entirely new model for resolving the problem.

In addition, Jack has been very active in professional organizations. He chaired the Government Documents Round Table in 1990-91, has chaired numerous GODORT committees, and served on the Depository Library Council during 1992-1994 where he was the Chairperson in 1994/95. Lastly, Jack has served as an inspiration to his colleagues and has always been willing to share his expertise and time to improve documents librarianship. He has been particularly effective as a mentor to younger Documents Librarians and always makes time to advise and/or council where needed or asked.

Clearly, Jack's career demonstrates the purpose of this award. This was best stated by one of his colleagues in his nomination letter, "Jack is the epitome of the phrase 'Documents to the People'." We are all in his debt for his many contributions to our profession and for his unstinting efforts in our behalf.

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



   1998 - Grace York

The 1998 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Grace York, Coordinator, Documents Center, University of Michigan Library. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.

This award is being given in recognition of Grace's significant role in making government information available electronically, first on the gopher and then on her web pages, and in using the web as a teaching resource for government information.

Grace recognized early the potential for government information instruction and reference service on the web. Her web site, which was launched in April 1995, has served as a model and an inspiration for other government information librarians. Her annotated subject guides, with links to government Internet sources, have become resources used not only by the University of Michigan students and faculty, but by the larger community of government information providers. But the web site does more than link to information resources; Grace has added value to the information provided by explaining the content, the value and how the information may be used. The web site, and the gopher site which preceded it, have received many awards and glowing reviews from publications such as Choice, the Washington Post, and PC World.

Grace has promoted the distribution of materials from the GODORT Handout Exchange (bibliographies and user guides prepared by librarians across the country) from diskettes to the web, and, in fact, transferred the files for several years to the University of Michigan's web site, thus immediately increasing their availability.

As stated in one of her nomination letters, "I can think of no one who has contributed more to the documents community during this period of increased reliance on electronic information than Grace." Her work serves as a model and inspiration for others to follow in bringing "Documents to the People" in an electronic age.

   1999 - Donna Koepp
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The 1999 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Donna Koepp, Head of Government Documents and Maps, University of Kansas Library. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other noncommercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.

This award is being given to Donna in recognition of her work on the CIS US Serial Set Index, Part XIV: Index and Carto-Bibliography of Maps, 1789-1969. This work, which was undertaken at her own initiative, has dramatically enhanced access to an entire genre of public documents that have been obscured within the structure of the U. S. Congressional Serial Set.

The Serial Set contains all of the early government maps representing early Trans-Mississippi exploration and the growth of the American railroads and the Index provides complete access to these valuable cartographic materials which are integral to the study of the West. Donna secured the funding for the publication and then structured and oversaw the entire work. It was her foresight, patience and dedication that made this publication a reality. As one of her support letters noted: "In my view, the index to the maps in the Serial Set embodies the very essence of the spirit of the 'Documents to the People'."

Donna has provided leadership and guidance in bringing and keeping access to government cartographic information on the agendas of the Government Documents Round Table, the Map and Geography Round Table, the Cartographic Users Advisory Council and the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer.

Donna's career has been one devoted to bringing "Documents to the People" from an early example of electronic mapping to the publication of this epic title that will lead scholars and librarians through the more than 50,000 maps in the Serial Set.

   2000 - Diane Kovacs and Raeann Dossett
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The year 2000 joint recipients of the CIS/ GODORT/ALA "Documents the People" Award are Diane Kovacs (right in photo) and Raeann Dossett (left). This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. The award includes a cash stipend generously sponsored by Congressional Information Service, Inc., to be used to support a project of the recipients' choice.

Diane and Raeann were nominated for this award in recognition of their development of GOVDOC-L, which has been described as "an online intellectual community of documents librarians and other individuals concerned with access to government information". Diane created GOVDOC-L and soon after recruited Raeann; together they developed GOVDOC-L into one of the longest running and most-active professional listservs available.

The government documents community is vast, ranging from large research collections bustling with staff down to the tiniest collection relegated to a dark basement, perhaps with only a solo practitioner to unlock the mysteries that are government documents. GOVDOC-L helps to bring all members of our documents community together. As one of the nomination letters describes, through GOVDOC-L, documents librarians in every professional situation are, "able to air concerns, frustrations, share ideas, and collaborate on many new methods for collection development [and] bibliographic control."

GOVDOC-L helps documents librarians be better than we really are. Need an obscure federal document for a professor up against a deadline? Put out a call on GOVDOC-L. Confused by the latest GPO cataloging rule? Ask the experts on GOVDOC-L. Feeling guilty for deciding to not keep two copies of every edition of Statistical Abstracts? Offer your duplicates on GOVDOC-L and know they will find a good home.

Diane recognized the potential for this "new" electronic mode of communication among colleagues and Raeann was instrumental in nurturing it for nearly a decade. Both Diane and Raeann are now "silent" list-owners but their contribution to the profession continues loud and clear.

   2001 - Sheila M. McGarr

Sheila Garr photo The year 2001 recipient of the CIS/ GODORT/ALA "Documents the People" Award is Sheila M. McGarr, Executive Director of National Library of Education. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. The award includes a cash stipend generously sponsored by Congressional Information Service, Inc., to be used to support a project of the recipients' choice.

During her eighteen year career at the Government Printing Office Sheila was a committed and articulate spokesmen for the FDLP and within the Library Programs Service was an able and forceful advocate for free public access to all government information. Sheila worked in a variety of positions which made her known to the entire federal depository community. Sheila regularly articulated GPO policies and procedures to professional conference and traveled the country providing training, moral support and inspiration to the librarians administering depository collections. Consequently Sheila is one of the most widely known members of GODORT.

Sheila has had a huge impact on the training of federal documents librarians. As an inspector she offered individual training and was in on the ground floor of the interagency depository seminars which have been invaluable in getting new librarians up to speed. During her tenure in the Depository Administration branch she educated us on the procurement process.

Ms. McGarr has been a member of ALA/GODORT since 1986 and truly embodies the "Documents to the people" slogan.

In January 2001, Sheila M. McGarr was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Library of Education (NLE) within the U.S. Department of Education.

   2002 - Andrea Sevetson

andrea sevetson - cis/ The 2002 recipient of the CIS/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Andrea Sevetson This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other noncommercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. The award includes a cash stipend and has been sponsored Congressional Information Service, Inc., since 1977.

This award is being given in recognition of Andrea's impact on the ability of GODORT to effectively serve the interests and needs of government documents librarians, her work on the GODORT web site, and for her organization efforts for the round table.

Her leadership, collegiality and ability to articulate issues have contributed greatly to the cohesion and success of the round table. She has demonstrated long-term dedication by undertaking many positions in GODORT. A sampling her GODORT positions include International Documents Task Force Coordinator, GODORT Chair (1996-97), and Chair Bylaws and Organization Committee.

In 1994 Andrea worked with a several of GODORT committees to create a Gopher site for GODORT. This effort grew into the sophisticated GODORT web site ( Andrea served as the GODORT Web Administrator until 2001 and during her tenure the web site developed into a major resource for GODORT members and those interested in government information policy. Andrea enhanced the site for content, she added a search engine and created standards for metadata for the site and for all GODORT committee sites or pages. She worked with committee chairs or Web administrators to accomplish this work. GODORT members have become dependent on the currency and accuracy of the information contained on the site and recognize it as a major resource in the practice of documents librarianship.

Andrea's organizational skills, knowledge of government information policy and familiarity with the structure of ALA has also assisted the numerous committee and task force chairs. One of the most significant organizational contribution was Andrea's reorganization of the GODORT Policies and Procedures manual. Andrea has for many years worked tirelessly to promote timely access to government information advocated for no-fee access to government information. She served as an at-large representative to the Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy which worked on reforming Title 44 during 1997-98. Andrea was appointed to the Depository Library Council of the Public Printer to the Public Printer in 1999 and is currently serving as its chair.

   2003 - Nan Myers

The 2003 recipient of the LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award is Nan Myers, Associate Professor and Librarian, Government Documents, Patents and Trademarks in the Ablas Library at Wichita State University. This award is presented to the individual, library, institution, or other noncommercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. This award includes a cash stipend to be used to support a project of the recipient's choice. Congressional Information Service, Inc. founded this award in 1977 and LexisNexis is continuing to sponsor it.

This award is being given in recognition of Nan's leadership in cataloging, advocacy for state and local documents, and especially in the development of the Documents Data Miner© (DDM) tool.

Nan's tireless efforts to help depository librarians avoid performing duplicative, labor intensive or confusing work as they managed all aspects of their depository collections -- Item Number checking, cataloging, collection management efforts in coordinated collection development -- resulted in the creation of the interactive web tool, Documents Data Miner© (DDM) (

Thanks to her ability to work in concert with local experts at her institution, Nan worked from 1995-1997 with experts on her campus, including faculty and graduate students of the university's departments of Electrical Engineering, Decision Sciences and Computer Science. DDM is now a partnership of Wichita State University and the Federal Depository Library Program and is linked from the FDLP desktop at Work is underway on Documents Data Miner 2.

Nan has also spoken at both federal and state conferences on the strengths and pitfalls of Persistent Uniform Resource Locators (PURLS); has contributed to a toolkit for processing and cataloging federal documents located at; and has chaired GODORT's Cataloging Committee and State and Local Documents Task Force.

All these activities are indicative of a consummate documents librarian who has dedicated a great deal of her personal time toward making the "behind the scene" lives of her documents colleagues more manageable and efficient.

   2004 - Counting California

Counting California, a web-based system providing open access to economic and social data on California, has been chosen as the 2004 recipient of the LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA "Documents to the People" Award. This award is a tribute to an individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service; Counting California, a project spearheaded by the California Digital Library, has most certainly succeeded in this regard.

Counting California is intended to integrate data from all levels of government in that it is a collection of disparate data from multiple agencies, integrated into a single collection and format that can be easily accessed by a variety of end users. Users are frequently unfamiliar with government agency organization; consequently, Counting California provides a subject-based approach to its organization. Researchers and the public can discover and interact with current and historical census data, almanac-style statistics, county business data, and a range of education, crime election, and demographic information from nearly a dozen different sources.

The communities served by Counting California are extremely diverse, including students, faculty and researchers, as well as all citizens - not only from the State of California - but across the entire country.

The success of Counting California in making it easy for users to get statistical information is just the beginning of the story, however. Counting California provides a production model for the future of government information in libraries, including:

  • It is built with shared resources. Projects such as this are expensive to develop and maintain. Counting California drew upon the infrastructure of the shared resources of the California Digital Library and the talents of staff from several libraries.
  • It is built to be scalable, with open standards. By using the Data Documentation Initiative metadata standard for social science data, an open and flexible format for describing numeric data, and by building a system that is flexible, Counting California is a model of a system that can be scaled to add new data easily and can migrate over time into new computing platforms and new software when that becomes necessary.
  • It is a model of the role libraries have the potential to play in the digital world. Counting California shows that the traditional roles of libraries of selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving, and providing access to information are as important in the digital world as they were in the analog.
To those requiring access to statistical data on California, Counting California has not only made life easier, but it is ensuring the preservation of usable electronic statistical data files for the future. It indeed effectively encourages the use of government documents in support of library service in a most unique and successful manner.

   2005 - Daniel P. O'Mahony

Daniel P. O’Mahony, Brown University Library, has been chosen as the 2005 recipient of the LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA “Documents to the People” Award. This award is a tribute to an individual, library, institution, or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service. Dan began his work in government documents as a Library Technical Assistant in 1984. He progressed into a national leader in the field – contributing greatly to documents librarianship and the development of federal information policy.

The decade of the 90’s witnessed many challenges to the traditional dissemination of government information. Central to many of these initiatives was the incorporation of electronic government information into the Federal Depository Library Program and the resulting impact these endeavors had on Title 44 of the U.S. Code. Beginning with the pioneering efforts of the DuPont Circle Group, then the Chicago Conference on the Future, and continuing through the Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy (IAWG), Dan was an integral member, and usually the driving force behind each of these efforts. Dan’s sharp analytical skills and unparalleled attention to detail coupled with his ability to embrace new concepts and technologies made him the ideal candidate to lead the depository library community during this time. To say that he thrust his heart and soul into these projects would be an understatement of grand proportions.

Dan is a proven leader with the ALA GODORT community and beyond. He chaired the Depository Library Council (1995-96), GODORT’s Legislation Committee (1996-97), the IAWG (1997-99) and ALA’s Government Information Subcommittee (1997-2001). Under his skillful leadership, the IAWG did substantive work in drafting legislation with staff of the Joint Committee on Printing to reform Title 44 of the U.S. Code. In his capacity as chair of the DLC and IAWG, he testified before the Senate Rules Committee twice on behalf of the depository library community. As both a member and Chair of GODORT’s Legislation Committee, Dan helped craft countless resolutions defining the guiding principles supporting public access to government information.

Prior to his promotion in 2003 to Department Leader, Library Administrative Services, Dan was coordinator for the Brown University Library’s government documents services. Since 2003, he has continued to pursue his commitment to government information policy by serving on state and regional documents groups. Perhaps his most important current contribution to our profession, though, is his position since 2002 as an Adjunct Professor teaching the online government documents course for the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. His students are, not surprisingly, thoroughly versed in the issues, curious as to the real life activities of a librarian/lobbyist, and articulate in debating policy questions.

Although Dan no longer works directly with government documents, this award is a long-overdue recognition of his many contributions to the advancement of government information. He was in the right place at the right time and through his unselfish and unassuming leadership during a time of controversy and change, all stakeholders in the life cycle of government information are the beneficiaries.

   2006 - Sherry Mosley

Sherry Mosley, Government Documents Department Head at Florida International University Libraries, is given the Lexis/Nexis/GODORT/ALA “Documents to the People” Award for her role in the creation of the Everglades Information & Digital Library (EDL). Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2006, the EDL is one of the oldest digital libraries in continuous operation.

Sherry’s vision, initiative, and team leadership were instrumental in initiating, implementing, and sustaining a project that encompasses collection development, access, public service, and outreach efforts. The EDL not only provides access to more than 1500 full-text or full-image documents but it also offers a virtual reference service known as ‘Ask an Everglades Librarian.’ The site is visited by more than 120,000 users annually.

A colleague notes that, “The Everglades Information Network does well what government information specialists need increasingly to do in the digital environment – integrate gov docs seamlessly with other information resources, both in the library and elsewhere on the Web.”

      2007 - Cathy Nelson Hartman

The 2007 Lexis/Nexis/GODORT Documents to the People Award is given to Cathy Nelson Hartman, Assistant Dean for Digital and Information Technologies at the University of North Texas Libraries, for her ongoing work making digital information, and specifically digital government information, not only widely available but highly useable to all.

While still Head of Government Documents at UNT in 1997, Cathy worked with GPO to create the Cybercemetery, a crucial first effort in protecting and preserving Web-based government information from defunct agencies. That success, which has won worldwide acclaim, has led to a variety of subsequent projects and initiatives at UNT, including the Portal to Texas History, which makes a vast selection of historical information available to users at every skill level, and brings together libraries, schools, academic institutions, and museums in a unique partnership to provide access and interpretation.

Cathy’s contributions in our professional community are legion: a chair of the GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on Digitization, chair of Depository Library Council and chair of its Electronic Preservation Committee, and her term as GODORT Councilor on ALA Council, to name only a few. Her work in these and other highly visible arenas (while leading many who know her to believe that she never sleeps!) demonstrate a passion for and commitment to the notion of “documents to the people.”

To each endeavor Cathy brings a trio of strengths:

  • A passionate belief in the fundamental importance of government information to a free society;
  • An unerring instinct for innovation paired with a belief in the power of technology to serve the common good, and a sense of practicality that keeps both grounded, and;
  • (as one of the nominators phrased it,) “An analytical mind which sparkles with lively curiosity and dogged determination,” paired with a quiet but unfaltering sense of humor.

The object of the Documents to the People Award is to honor a person or institution, “that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.” Cathy Hartman’s work has helped establish the University of North Texas as a digital center of excellence, helped guide the Government Printing Office’s transition into the digital future, and as a mentor and a teacher has developed the next generation of documents librarians. Her work is the embodiment of the award’s theme: Documents to the People.

   2008 - Mary Prophet

Her colleagues in the library and on the faculty at Denison, in GODORT of Ohio, and nationally know Mary Prophet as a careful researcher and bibliographer, and a sensitive teacher and reference librarian. She has promoted, in her unfailingly patient and practical way, the use and understanding of government information to students, faculty, and fellow librarians. Her work has never been confined to her own library. Her role as a leader of the Government Documents Round Table of Ohio, in the Five Colleges consortium, and as member and secretary of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer, as well as her many research interests all reflect a view of government documents librarianship that its broad and inclusive. That view has been communicated to the users Mary has served throughout her career.

Mary's unshakeable belief in the power and reach of government docments, and her tireless work in as educator, mentor, scholar, and advocate are the embodiment of the best spirit of Documents Librarianship, of the power of getting documents and people together, which this award celebrates. Some years ago, Mary encountered a South African student in the stacks at Denison, in tears as he read Congressional hearings on South Africa and apartheid. This student was amazed to be told by Mary that he could not only read the documents he reverently held in the library, but could check them out. So much information from the Government, freely available to anyone who wished to use it, was nearly beyond his comprehension. Mary's work, writing, and advocacy for the Depository Library Program help to ensure that such moments continue to inspire and motivate us to bring documents and people together.

2009 - Daniel Cornwall

Daniel Cornwall The 2009 recipient of the LexisNexis/GODORT/ALA/Documents to the People Award is Daniel Cornwall. This award honors the individual “who has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents in support of library service.” Daniel’s colleagues in GODORT believe he is most deserving of this award because of his zeal for “openness and transparency of government information.” They describe him as “a government information activist to the core,” as demonstrated by his work with the Alaska State Library, GODORT, and numerous online endeavors that foster collaboration among government documents specialists, and promote government publications on a global scale.

At the Alaska State Library, Daniel has utilized the Internet to deliver both state and federal government information to citizens, as well as to preserve this information in electronic formats for future generations. Through GODORT Daniel has spearheaded the State Blue Books and State Agency Databases in order to improve members’ access to valuable government resources and to encourage their contribution to the organization.

Daniel is probably best known for his efforts to highlight government information via the Web, especially through social networking sites. Facebook, Ning, Flickr,, Wikipedia, and YouTube are just a few of the outlets he has used to advocate depositories and their collections. Most notably, Daniel has created a strong presence on the Free Government Information site (FGI) where he has overseen the EPA Pilot Tagging Project and the Best Titles Ever compilation. His informative and influential blog posts on FGI connect documents librarians and other citizens to information tools for use in their professional and personal lives. Throughout his voluminous work, Daniel has written and advocated for ways of collecting, accessing, and preserving government information. He has been tireless in his outreach to both the library community and other user groups to make everyone aware of the critical issues surrounding government information. For all these reasons GODORT is very proud to present him with this year's "Documents to the People" Award.

2010 - Maliaca Oxnam / Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL).

The 2010 Documents to the People (DttP) Award is being presented to Maliaca Oxnam as Steering Committee Chair and Project Manager of the Technical Report Archive and Image Library (TRAIL). Maliaca is currently the Research Support Services Librarian at the University of Arizona. Maliaca has directed TRAIL since its inception. She continues to provide leadership roles not only with this project but as well in leading several strategic projects for UAL, including leading the development of the institution’s campus repository service. Maliaca has also served as Chair of the Strategic Long Range Planning Team for the Libraries, served as a co-PI for the development of the Geotechnical Rock & Water Resources Digital Library (GROW) and served as a key participant on Einstein’s Protégé’s”: A Heuristic approach to Bridging the Gap between Faculty Expectations and Student Preparedness which explored the use of peer-mentors for instruction in the classroom.

TRAIL is an initiative led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with Center for Research Libraries and other interested agencies and partners to identify, digitize, archive, and provide access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. The TRAIL project began under the auspices of the Greater Western Library Alliance.

The TRAIL Pilot Interface, hosted at the University of Hawaii of Manoa, provides access to the first set of documents TRAIL scanned and contains the following report series:

• U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Civil Effects Test Operations (AEC-CEX) • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research (AEC-LF) • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Health and Safety Laboratory (AEC-HASL) • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Radiation Instruments Branch (AEC-RIB) • U.S. National Bureau of Standards, Monographs • U.S. Bureau of Mines Bulletin

A new TRAIL Interface, available in the Summer of 2010, will provide access to all documents acquired and digitized through TRAIL, including those deposited in the HathiTrust Digital Repository and in the University of North Texas Digital Library.

2011 - Lou Malcomb

The 2011 Proquest/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is awarded to Lou Malcomb, Head of Government Information, Kent Cooper Services (ET2) and Geosciences Library at Indiana University, Bloomington. This award is given to Lou for her “commitment, creativity and dedication to the principles embodied in the phrase “Documents to the People.”

Examples of her innovative and pragmatic approach include her brainchild, the CIC Floppy Disk Project, one of the first attempts to preserve federal depository materials in digital format. This project continues to provide web-based access to both the data and software required to access and use the data, helping libraries provide immediate user access to valuable information distributed on this now-obsolete format. More recently she provided the impetus and leadership for a much larger-scale preservation and access project, the Indiana Light Archive for Federal Documents. As noted in one nomination letter, “Lou’s presence and stature within the Indiana government documents community played a significant role in assuring the integrity and feasibility of such an undertaking. With Lou’s help and guidance what began as a project involving only the Indiana University federal depository libraries became an unprecedented collaboration involving all of the depositories in Indiana.” As chair of the project working group, she and the working group hammered out the details of collection assignments, cataloging standards, preservation best practices, delivery criteria, disposal guidelines, and reference, instruction, training, and professional development responsibilities that formed the basis of two critical documents: the Indiana Light Archive Collection Stewardship Guidelines and Memorandum of Understanding/Cooperative Agreement. These allowed creation of a collaborative shared print repository for the state of Indiana to become a reality. It is also now a national model for collaboration in preservation, cataloging and public access.

Lou’s passion for government information, expertise and generosity have won her the respect of her colleagues, one of whom describes her as the “quintessential government documents librarian.” She has shared this enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of government resources with innumerable graduate students as a former adjunct faculty member in the IU School of Library and Information Science, for which she was honored with the Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science Alumni Award in 2005 and the Indiana University Teaching Award for teaching achievements in the School of Library and Information Science in 2002.

2012 - Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP)

The 2012 ProQuest/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is awarded to the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) Collaborative Federal Depository Program (CFDP).

This award is given to the ASERL CFDP as it offers an achievable and sustainable plan for the development and preservation of comprehensive depository collections on a multi-state level. The elements noted in the nomination are:

  • Excitement & Interest: The ASERL plan has excited and energized the “documents community.” This is one of the first cooperative/collaborative plans that has gathered enthusiasm from within and interest and envy from those not a part of ASERL.
  • Inventorying & Cataloging: By collecting, cataloging, and providing access to federal documents collections on an agency-based, incremental basis, the goal of ASERL Centers of Excellence is to insure permanent public access to these collections.
  • Discards Database: ASERL has created the ASERL Documents Disposition Database, the first depository discards database allowing all libraries in the region to see discards from all of the participating southeast states, vastly expanding the possibilities for improving collections around the region.
  • Raised Profile with Library Administrators: The ASERL is putting government documents collections in the limelight – in a good way. Library deans see the value of focusing on a portion of a collection – making it more discoverable and improving its quality and comprehensiveness.
  • Provoked Discussion: The initiative has also provoked discussion, spotlighting the need for more flexibility in the program, especially in the legal requirements for regional depositories.
  • Position for Future: The ASERL Collaborative Federal Depository Program positions depositories in the southeast to move seamlessly into a future government information environment rich in online - born and digitized - resources as well as firmly grounded in geographically distributed print collections. Public access is enhanced because libraries are committing to a high level of service for their Center of Excellence collections.
  • Ensure Continuing Access: Centers of Excellence sign a Memoranda of Understanding that they will inventory, catalog, preserve, and retain the materials. Libraries are identifying Centers of Excellence in areas that are, and will continue to be important to their institutions.
  • Comprehensive Collections: An IMLS grant supported the creation of a “gap analysis” database. This database will allow Centers of Excellence and other depository libraries to load short bibliographic records for their collections, and facilitate comparisons among collections and will help establish what a true comprehensive collection of U.S. government documents should contain.

The ASERL CFDP concept takes advantage of today’s technological advances and challenges librarians to think beyond their own environment and to envision a truly cooperative depository world, where the ultimate goal is actively promoted government information collections, a dedicated service environment, and protection, for all time, of the unique and powerful content of government publications. This embodies the phrase “Documents to the People” and makes this award a well-deserved one.

2013 - Kirsten Joy  Clark

Kirsten Joy ClarkThe 2013 ProQuest/GODORT/ALA Documents to the People Award is awarded to Kirsten Joy Clark for her distinguished achievement in using technology innovatively to facilitate and expand public access to government information. The award honors an individual and/or library, institution or other non-commercial group that has most effectively encouraged the use of government documents or information in support of library service.

Some initiatives in which Kirsten has demonstrated innovation and leadership in this pursuit include

  • Coordination of the Government Information in the 21st Century (GI21) Project that provided critical training for staff at non-depository libraries to handle the greater online access to government information and its related complexities;
  • Being an early adopter of blogs to share information about government information as a way to increase timely access to information;
  • Leveraging cataloging and metadata work to facilitate access to and discovery of digitized government information found in HathiTrust; and
  • Using virtual communication tools to foster collaboration, education, and community in Minnesota and South Dakota which are the states that make up the Federal Depository Library Program region which she serves so ably as its regional librarian.

Kirsten’s dedication and contributions exemplify the phrase “Documents to the People” and make this award well deserved.