Today our Federal Depository Library themed celebration of National Library Week focuses on the 2010 winner of the Government Printing Office’s Library of the Year Award. Here’s the citation from the award page:
Johnson County Library Named 2010 Federal Depository Library of the Year
The Johnson County Library of Overland Park, Kansas was named the 2010 Federal Depository Library of the Year at the Fall Federal Depository Library Conference and Depository Library Council meeting in Arlington, Virginia. Public Printer Robert C. Tapella presented the award to Donna Lauffer, County Librarian, on behalf of the U.S. Government Printing Office and the Federal Depository Library Program.
“I congratulate Johnson County Library for their efforts in making Government information open and transparent to the public,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella. “Federal depository libraries are an important component of the open Government process, linking the American people with Government information.”
GPO selected Johnson County Library, a Federal depository library since 1979, for its excellent customer service and ongoing commitment to open Government. The library has implemented many initiatives in order to better provide the public with access to Federal Government information. Through its annual GovFest event, Johnson County Library connects Government agency representatives and business owners to create and expand economic opportunities. The library is also an active participant in GovDocs Kids Group, a national group of Government document librarians that provide Government information and resources to K-12 students, teachers and librarians. Additionally, during the 2009 tax season, the Johnson County Library’s Government information Web pages and Tax Tips blog assisted over 5,000 people with federal tax-related issues.
“The Johnson County Library is honored to be awarded Library of the Year by the GPO,” said County Librarian Donna Lauffer. “We find that Government documents are 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. Our library works to raise the public’s awareness by being relevant to their everyday information needs. Raising awareness of the importance of an open Government moves everyone forward in these difficult economic times.”