Suzanne Sears, head of the Government Documents Department in UNT Libraries, has been elected chair of the Federal Depository Library Program's Depository Library Council to the Public Printer. She will serve as chair beginning Oct. 1, 2010, after a year of serving as vice chair of the council.
The Federal Depository Library Program, or FDLP, was established by Congress in 1813 to ensure that the American public has access to U.S. government information. More than 1,200 libraries throughout the United States and its territories collect, organize, maintain, preserve and assist users with information from the federal government, providing the information at no cost.
The Depository Library Council to the Public Printer was created in 1972 to provide advice on policy matters relating to the FDLP. The council assists the U.S. Government Printing Office in identifying and evaluating alternatives for improving public access to government information through the FDLP and provides advice on optimizing resources available for operating the program.
Sears was first appointed to the Depository Library Council by Robert C. Tapella, public printer of the U.S. Government Printing Office, in July 2008. She became the seventh person from a Texas institution to be named to the council, and the second from UNT. Cathy Hartman, the UNT Libraries' assistant dean for digital and information technologies, served on the council from 2000-03.
Sears has directed the Government Documents Department for the UNT Libraries since August 2007. She previously worked 23 years for the Tulsa City-County Library in Tulsa, Okla. Under her direction, the library received the first Federal Depository Library of the Year award from the FDLP in 2003.
In addition to her work with the Depository Library Council, Sears is currently serving as coordinator of the American Library Association's Government Documents Roundtable State and Local Documents Task Force. She is also a member of the Government Documents Roundtable of the Texas Library Association, after previously serving on the Oklahoma Library Association's government documents roundtable as chair, co-chair and secretary. In addition, for nine years she was an active member of the advisory council of the Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse, which is the agency in Oklahoma that is responsible for publishing and distributing state government documents. She was chair of the advisory council for two years.
She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and her master of library science degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Nancy Kolsti with UNT News Service can be reached at Nancy.Kolsti@unt.edu.