Frank Lester is Electronic Services Librarian at the Institute of Governmental Studies Library at the University of California at Berkeley, a collection specializing in non-trade materials, ephemera, serials, and mongraphs relating to California and federal politics, public policy, and public administration. He is also the Institute of Governmental Studies webmaster and is on a rotating 2-year assignment as the webmaster of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC), ending in the fall of 2008.
Previous to IGS, he was an assistant government documents librarian at the University of Michigan, staff assistant at the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan, and a reference administrator at the Internet Public Library. Prior to his career as a librarian, Lester was a member of the campaign finance staff at the San Francisco Ethics Commission for three years. Lester has published in the Journal of Electronic Publishing and is the main contributor to the California Policy Inbox, a regularly updated blog highlighting recently-published California government agency and non-profit organization public policy documents and current California public policy news developments. Lester’s main interests are national, state, and local politics, the role of developing technologies in increasing public access to and interest in government documents, and the intersection between the digital and the traditional library realms.
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