February 9, 2001
Michael F. DiMario
U.S. Government Printing Office
732 N. Capitol Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20401
Dear Mr. DiMario:
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is very pleased that members of the law library community have the opportunity to serve on the Depository Library Council, and to contribute their special knowledge and expertise in an advisory capacity on important issues regarding the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). We are especially honored this year to recommend for your consideration as a nominee for Council Paul A. Arrigo, Reference Coordinator and Government Documents/ Electronic Services Librarian at the Washburn University School of Law Library.
Attached is Mr. Arrigo's resume that will provide you with information about his distinguished career as a documents and a law librarian. Allow me to summarize briefly highlights of his accomplishments that I believe would make him a valuable asset to the Council. Mr. Arrigo is a stalwart champion of the principles of public access to government information. He has a broad working knowledge of the depository library program, and in particular the technological challenges of the transition to a more electronic program. In his current position as reference coordinator and documents/ electronic services librarian, Mr. Arrigo oversees processing of the depository collection and provides specialized reference assistance and bibliographic instruction to assist patrons in finding and using Federal government information both in the library's FDLP collection and through electronic means such as GPO Access.
In addition, Paul manages the library's CD-ROM LAN and he created and maintains DocLaw, an innovative gateway to Federal government Internet resources and other government related material. A component of DocLaw allows a user to search the full-text of online government periodicals (http://www.washlaw.edu/doclaw/). Paul gave a very well received presentation on this service initiative during the fall 2000 Depository Library Council Meeting and Conference, and has submitted a lengthy article on its development to Library References and Services Quarterly. Among the many strengths that Paul would bring to Council are his extensive experience with and keen knowledge of electronic media, in both tangible and online government information products; his strong leadership skills that are valued by his depository library colleagues; and his commitment to the challenges of preserving and providing permanent public access to FDLP electronic materials. Mr. Arrigo has served in leadership positions within the depository library community as past chair of both the Kansas Library Association GODORT Roundtable and AALL's Government Documents Special Interest Section.
The work of the Depository Library Council during the next few years will continue to be critically important as the Government Printing Office and depository libraries work together toward developing new types of partnerships that are necessary to meet the challenges of the electronic age. Mr. Arrigo's significant contribution in developing an index to web-based Federal agency periodicals is an exemplary service partnership with the GPO that should serve as a model for other depository libraries.
Mr. DiMario, thank you very much for this opportunity to submit the name of Mr. Paul A. Arrigo as a nominee for appointment to the Depository Library Council this year. Mr. Arrigo is a highly qualified documents librarian who would contribute significantly to the discussions and deliberations of the Depository Library Council. He has both the substantial knowledge of Federal information policy issues and the practical expertise in the operations of the FDLP that I believe are necessary to assist Council at this most critical time.
Robert L. Oakley
American Association of Law Libraries
Roger Parent, Executive Director, AALL Paul A. Arrigo