BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Libraries have been
selected as a 2012 Federal Depository Library of the Year by the
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Acting Public Printer Davita
Vance-Cooke made the announcement on Oct. 15 at the Federal
Depository Library Conference in Washington, D.C.
The prestigious award recognizes libraries for outstanding
promotion of their government document collections and their
commitment to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), a
program established by Congress to provide government information
to designated depository libraries throughout the country.
The award commends the UB Libraries for sharing their federal
government documents expertise with other libraries in the region
and across the nation, and applauds the UB Libraries' efforts to
provide services that assist other depository libraries in
processing U.S. government publications received through the
As a selective federal depository, the UB Libraries collect,
organize, maintain, preserve and provide access to federal
government information. UB's Lockwood Memorial Library, which
joined the FDLP in 1963, was the first library to partner with the
GPO in creating and maintaining the Enhanced Shipping List Service,
an application used by depository library staffs nationwide to
process incoming depository shipments.
"One of the reasons we were selected for this award is our
commitment to the FDLP through this partnership," says Mary Ellen
Donathen, depository coordinator for the UB Libraries. "For over 13
years, the UB Libraries have assisted other depository libraries by
hosting and running this service that makes processing shipments of
government publications a little easier."
According to Ed Herman, UB government documents librarian, the
Enhanced Shipping List Service is a trusted and important tool used
by many federal depository library personnel on a daily basis. He
credits Donathen and his colleagues Ann Mongiovi and Tim McCarthy
for the success of the UB Libraries' partnership with GPO. "This
award would not be possible without their expertise and the
outstanding quality of their work," he said.
Lockwood Library makes FDLP content available for free use by
the general public. To learn more about the University at Buffalo
Libraries' Government Documents Collection, visit http://library.buffalo.edu/libraries/asl/guides/busdoc/.