Suzanne Sears, head of the Government Documents Department at UNT's Willis Library, is one of five new members appointed to the Depository Library Council by Robert C. Tapella, public printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office.
The council - composed of 15 members, each of whom serves three-year terms - advises the public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program. The program, which traces its roots to 1813, provides nationwide access to the published information of all three branches of the U.S. government through partnerships with more than 1,250 libraries ranging from public libraries to research universities.
Sears is the seventh person from a Texas institution to be on the council since its establishment in 1973. Cathy N. Hartman, assistant dean for Digital and Information Technologies at UNT Libraries, served on the council from 2000-03.
Sears worked at Tulsa City-County Library for 23 years before joining UNT Libraries in August 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa in 1986 and a master's degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma in 1996.
Sears serves on the education sub-committee of the American Libraries Association Government Documents Roundtable. She will begin her term as state and local task force co-chair for the committee this summer at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif.
"I have a passion for connecting individuals to government information, and I am very excited about this opportunity," Sears says.
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