Archive for Monday, October 18, 2010

Library wins award for access to government information

October 18, 2010

The U.S. Government Printing Office named the Johnson County Library its Federal Depository Library of the Year during a ceremony today in Washington, D.C.

An announcement from the printing office praised the library’s commitment to customer service and open government, citing multiple initiatives aimed at giving the public access to federal government information.

The library’s initiatives include GovFest, at which the library connects government agency representatives and business owners to expand economic opportunities; GovDocs Kids Group, for which national government document librarians provide information and resources to elementary and secondary students, teachers and librarians; and a Tax Tips blog that connects residents with information and resources during tax season.

“I congratulate Johnson County Library for their efforts in making government information open and transparent to the public,” public printer Bob Tapella said in a prepared statement. “Federal depository libraries are an important component of the open government process, linking the American people with government information.”

County Librarian Donna Lauffer said the library finds government documents to be a valuable tool for the public, in that they are free and reliable information.

“The public views all forms of government as one and the same,” she said. “Our library works to raise the public’s awareness by being relevant to their everyday information needs.”

The printing office is the federal government’s primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating and preserving published U.S. government information in all forms.

About 1,220 libraries nationwide participate in the Federal Depository Library Program.

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