The US Government Publishing Office (GPO) names Indiana State Library as the 2022 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The library was selected for its excellence in promoting and preserving government information and for its programs that increase awareness and literacy of government information. The library began collecting federal documents when it opened in 1825, and the collection has steadily grown ever since. The Indiana State Library has one of the largest printed collections of US government publications in the country.
“This is the first library of the year I’ve lent out since I took on my role as GPO Superintendent of Documents, and I can’t think of a library more deserving,” said GPO Superintendent of Documents Scott Matheson. “The Indiana State Library’s longstanding commitment to the advancement and preservation of government information is to be admired. Through its popular Government Information Day and other crucial efforts, the Indiana State Library has played an important role in helping GPO realize its vision of an informed America.”
Indiana State Library provides instructions for accessing government information for the entire state of Indiana for school-age children and adults. It hosts Government Information Day, a free biennial conference for librarians interested in learning more about government resources and improving information literacy. The Indiana State Library Regional Coordinator operates and maintains the Indiana Federal Documents website, which contains several guides, resources, and blogs related to government information. The library’s weekly newsletter includes a “Government Information Minute” highlighting government information resources. As a preservation steward, the library holds the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1872-1965), Public Papers of the Presidents (1984-2012), Acts of Congress (1789-1877), Statutes at Large (1877-1965). ), and more.
“We are honored to receive this award. The Indiana State Library strives to be a leader and custodian of information for present and future generations, and the Federal Document Collection is an important resource with a wealth of knowledge. I appreciate the strong partnership with GPO and the agency’s leadership in this area,” said Jacob Speer, Indiana State Librarian.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, author, consultant and frequent conference speaker in the Washington DC area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has received multiple awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006 to 2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports company product and business model teams in just-in-time discovery of facts and insights.