GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

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The mission of the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) is to (1) To provide a forum for discussion of problems, concerns, and for exchange of ideas by librarians working with government documents; (2) to provide a force for initiating and supporting programs to increase availability, use, and bibliographic control of documents; (3) to increase communication between documents librarians and other librarians; (4) to contribute to the extension and improvement of education and training of documents librarians.

Learn more about GODORT on the ALA website.

  • 1.  Public Printer Names New Members to Depository Library Council

    Posted Mar 31, 2014 08:54 AM

    Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks announced the appointment of five new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC). The Council, composed of 15 members each of whom serves a three year term, advises the Public Printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

    “I welcome the new members to the Depository Library Council and look forward to working together on initiatives to increase public access to information,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “The library community plays a crucial role in helping GPO carry out its mission of Keeping America Informed by connecting the American public to Government information.”

    The five new DLC members for the June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2017 term are:

    David Cismowski is Chief of the State Library Services for the California State Library. He manages all the library services sections, including the Government Publications Section and focuses on the role and mission of state libraries in providing excellent information services to state government, other libraries, and to all members of the general public. As a former Regional Depository Coordinator from 2005 to 2009, Cismowski focused on re-establishing state-wide communication with depository libraries and developed an orientation program for new coordinators. He previously served on DLC from 2008 to 2011.

    Daniel Cornwall is Digital Librarian at the Alaska State Library. Cornwall works closely with Library Development on technology needs, social media and monitoring emerging technologies. Prior positions include Head of Information Services, Head of Technical and Imaging Services, and Government Publications/Technical Services Librarian. He currently serves as Alaska’s ALA Chapter Councilor and, since 2007, has managed the State Agency Databases Project for the State and Local Documents Task Force of ALA’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).

    John Richard Gause, Jr. is Government Information Librarian at the John C. Hitt Library, University of Central Florida. As the documents coordinator, Gause is a leader in statewide training initiatives for new librarians and the public. He has been active in establishing specialized collections at the University of Central Florida, including Centers of Excellence for DOE, AEC, NRC, and NASA. Mr. Gause’s previous library experience was in public and special libraries. He is very active in ALA’s GODORT at the state and local levels.

    Scott Matheson is Associate Librarian for Technical Services at the Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School. Matheson oversees library technical services including acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, and electronic resource management. He has experience in both public and technical services, including Reference and Government Documents Librarian at Yale Law Library and as Head of Public Services at the University Colorado William A. Wise Law Library. As Librarian for Digital Resources at Yale Law School and Web Manager at the Yale University Library, he has extensive experience managing digital data and metadata, as well as library and IT systems.

    Teri Taylor is U.S. Documents Librarian at the New Jersey State Library where she promotes government documents to the public and state agencies via training classes, newsletters, and social media. Her previous experience was as Senior Librarian with the Camden County Library, in Voorhees, New Jersey. Taylor is a member of the New Jersey State Data Center Advisory Committee, the State Library Social Media Task Force, and the State Library Information Center E-Resources Management Committee. She is an active member of the Documents Association of New Jersey.

    FDLP.gov announcement


  • 2.  RE: Public Printer Names New Members to Depository Library Council

    Posted Apr 04, 2014 06:58 AM

    I was honored and thankful to be nominated by GODORT. I really appreciate this chance to serve the documents community. 

  • 3.  RE: Public Printer Names New Members to Depository Library Council

    Posted Apr 05, 2014 04:33 PM

    Looking forward to good work.  We do definitely need deposited electronic files.


  • 4.  RE: Public Printer Names New Members to Depository Library Council

    Posted Apr 05, 2014 05:06 PM

    Thanks for the good wishes Bernadine!