Get to Know the Depository Library Council

The Depository Library Council (DLC) serves as an advisory committee to the Director of GPO and the Superintendent of Documents. This esteemed group has a long-standing tradition of collaborating with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and providing advice and recommendations on a wide range of matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and free public access to U.S. Government information. 

The DLC was established in 1972. Its antecedents go back to 1963 when seven librarians were asked by the Director of GPO (then known as the Public Printer) to serve on an advisory committee on depository libraries. The original advisory committee was formed at the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration during its consideration of revised legislation on depository libraries. The DLC consists of 15 members. Members serve three-year terms, with five members retiring each year and five new members entering.

In this third article in a series on getting to know the DLC, we will focus on the individuals serving their terms from June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2017.

David Cismowski is Chief of the State Library Services Bureau at the California State Library in Sacramento. This Bureau administers all of the State Library’s public services sections, as well as the Library’s various and diverse collections. These library sections include the Government Publications Section, the Braille and Talking Book Library, the Witkin State Law Library, the Information Services Section, the California History Section, the Technical Services and Preservation departments, and the Sutro Library in San Francisco. David focuses on fulfilling the mission of the California State Library to provide 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, David focused on strengthening state-wide communication with depository libraries and developed an orientation program for new coordinators. He previously served on DLC from 2008 to 2011. In his current term of service on DLC, David belongs to the Access & Preservation Network Working Group and has served on a number of ad hoc DLC working groups. His main Government information focus is to ensure that California maintains a strong network of depository libraries that are committed to collecting, preserving, and disseminating Government information to any member of the public. When he is not at the library, David works with his wife, Debbie, to maintain their 100+ year old home on a large piece of property in East Sacramento. For sanity and balance, David and Debbie love gardening, movies, live theater, and classical concerts.

Daniel Cornwall is the Digital Librarian at the Alaska State Library. He works closely with Library Development on technology needs, social media, and monitoring emerging technologies. His prior positions include the Head of Information Services, Head of Technical and Imaging Services, and Government Publications / Technical Services Librarian. Daniel currently serves as Alaska’s American Library Association (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). Daniel considers himself a generalist in Government documents. His main interests in Government information are outreach, education, and permanent, free public access to Government information in all forms. Daniel advocates for what he believes to be the interests of users in 2115. He wants them to have the same or better access to information produced in 2015 that we enjoy to documents produced in 1915. Daniel believes this will require careful stewardship of electronic and tangible materials, that individual libraries have to step up to do their part, and that this is not something that can be left to the Federal Government alone. Daniel is active in the DLC Education and Discovery Services working groups. In his spare time, Daniel is interested in astronomy and space exploration. View a sampling of astronomy projects compiled by Daniel. He also enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with his wife of 23 years, Louise.

Rich Gause is the Government Information Librarian at the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida. As the documents coordinator, Rich 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. His previous library experience was in public and special libraries. He is very active in ALA’s GODORT at the state and local levels. Within DLC he is involved with the education initiatives work group and the offsite storage advisory project. He jokingly tells folks at his university that he can turn any question into a Government question and they are sometimes surprised at how often that proves true. Rich and his husband, Steve, enjoy relaxing with friends playing various board, card, and dice games -- they have a collection of over 900 games! They've been together for 24 years and had an official ceremony in Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in October 2013. Their initial wedding plans included the possibility of having the ceremony at or near GPO so that a few friends attending the FDLP conference could share in their joy, but the Government shutdown removed that possibility.

Scott Matheson is Associate Librarian for Technical Services at the Lillian Goldman Library, Yale Law School. He oversees library technical services including acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, and electronic resource management. He has experience in both public and technical services, including service as 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. As a law librarian, Scott focuses more on Congressional and regulatory information, but he’s never surprised to find Government information related to any reference question. Scott also does a lot of systems work at his library. At the 2015 DLC Virtual Meeting, Scott will be presenting a session on data in the FDLP. In his spare time, Scott enjoys maintaining his vegetable garden.

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. Teri 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 (DANJ). Teri’s specialization is in historical Federal Government information, which helps her library’s patrons access the State Library’s early U.S. Government holdings. She is very interested in keeping her library users informed about online access to Federal Government information, making sure the library catalog reflects changes from tangible to electronic format. Teri also uses social media to keep abreast of and promote notable Government resources. At the 2015 DLC Virtual Meeting, Teri will be co-presenting the session, “Public Library Depositories: Creating and Demonstrating Civic Value during Challenging Times.” In her spare time, Teri is an avid movie-goer, loves to travel with friends and family, and is an enthusiastic sports fan. She is a regular home game attendee of her favorite teams: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple University men’s basketball team.

The entire DLC team looks forward to talking and working with the FDLP community more at the 2015 DLC Virtual Meeting.

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