April 22, 1997
Mary Alice Baish, American Association of Law Libraries' (AALL) Assistant Washington Affairs Representative, has been named by Public Printer Michael F. DiMario to a three-year term as one of five new members of the Depository Library Council (DLC). The 15-member Council advises the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) on issues related to improving public access to government information through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
Baish has been AALL's Assistant Washington Affairs Representative since February 1995. Baish will bring much experience to the Council, through her many years of service as a documents librarian and her leadership within the major library associations on government information policy issues. She is also the Washington Brief columnist for AALL Spectrum, AALL's official monthly magazine.
AALL members have provided the DLC with service for many years. Susan Dow, Electronic Information Services Librarian, Charles B. Sears Law Library at SUNY Buffalo, is completing her term on the DLC, having served as Secretary in 1995-96. Other recent DLC members from AALL include Sally Holterhoff, Government Documents Librarian, Valparaiso University School of Law Library; Robert Oakley, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Edward Bennett Williams Library, Georgetown University; Kay Schlueter, Director, Texas State Law Library; and Susan Tulis, Documents Librarian, University of Virginia Law Library.
The other newly-appointed DLC council members are Duncan Aldrich, Head, Business and Government Information Center, University of Nevada-Reno; Diane Garner, Head, Government Documents and Non-Book Formats Department, Harvard College Library; Gregory W. Lawrence, Government Information Librarian, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University; and Julia Wallace, Head, Government Publications, University of Minnesota.
Administered by the GPO, the FDLP is the major means by which the federal government disseminates its information to the public. This nationwide system consists of nearly 1,400 libraries acting in partnership for the purpose of enabling the general public to have local access to federal government information at no cost.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.