GPO Director Names New Members to The Depository Library Council

WASHINGTON —U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Hugh Nathanial Halpern announces the appointment of five new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC). DLC members advise the GPO Director on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and access to U.S. Government information. In addition to experience working in various types of libraries, the new DLC members have experience with and knowledge of current developments in the fields of library science and U.S. Government information. These new members will help position the DLC and the FDLP for the GPO’s vision of an America Informed.

“GPO welcomes these new members of the DLC,” said Director Halpern. “I look forward to their advice on the best ways to continue expanding access to digital Government information, adding new collections, and preserving historic materials.”

These five new DLC members will serve from June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2025.

Amy Laub-Carroll: Regional Depository Librarian, University of Kentucky. At the University of Kentucky, Laub-Carroll serves as head of the Federal Depository Unit, which manages all aspects of the Federal Depository Collection, and supervises the manager of the Gwen Curtis Map Collection. As the Regional Coordinator for Kentucky, she works with 18 selective depositories to provide access to Government information and provides support in weeding their collections. Laub-Carroll is active in the Kentucky Library Association Government Documents Roundtable, ALA Government Documents Roundtable and serves on ASERL’s Collaborative Federal Depository Program Oversight Committee.

Robert Mead: State Law Librarian, Washington State Law Library. Mead focuses his career on ensuring equitable citizen access to legal and Government information and the preservation and digitization of historical publications. He is the incoming Chair of both the Legal Information Preservation Alliance and the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Legal History and Rare Books section. He is also a member of AALL’s Government Relations Committee.

Susanne Caro: Government Information Librarian, North Dakota State University Libraries. Caro is the Government Information Librarian at North Dakota State University where she assists users in accessing Government information. She is also a joint regional coordinator of the Federal Depository Library Program for North Dakota. She was the editor and an author of Digitizing Your Collection (ALA, 2016), and Government Information Essentials (ALA, 2018), which won the 2019 Margaret T. Lane/Virginia F. Saunders Memorial Research Award.

Hayley Johnson: Head of Government Information and Microforms, Louisiana State University. Johnson is the Head of Government Documents & Microforms at Louisiana State University and currently serves as one of two regional coordinators for Louisiana. Johnson is an active member of the American Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) and has served on several GODORT committees most recently as the coordinator for the Federal Information Interest Group (FIIG).

Kelly Smith: Government Information Librarian and Librarian for Urban Studies & Planning and Environmental Studies, University of California San Diego. In that role, she manages and provides research assistance for the Federal, state, and local Government collections and serves as the FDLP coordinator. In addition, she is the subject specialist and academic liaison for Urban Studies & Planning and Environmental Studies. Smith has been active with several GODORT committees, currently serving on the Education Committee, and received the ProQuest/ALA/GODORT “Documents to the People” award in 2021.

Director Halpern extended the following DLC member’s tenure for one additional year (June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023):

Richard Mikulski: Government Documents & Social Sciences Librarian, Portland State University. Mikulski is currently the FDLP coordinator at Portland State University and will be joining the William & Mary Libraries in May 2022, where he will provide research support and instruction in the areas of History, Philosophy, and Government Information. He is a GOVDOC-L moderator, an active member of GODORT, and has been involved with state documents associations including the Documents Interest Group of Oregon and the Documents Association of New Jersey.

GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through and partnerships with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit

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