Law Library for San Bernadino County Named 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is pleased to announce the Law Library for San Bernardino County, California, as the 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year. The GPO bestows this honor on a Federal depository library each year for its outstanding service to meet the Federal government information needs in the library's service area; creativity and innovation in developing community programs for the use of Federal government information; and leadership in creating public service programs that can be emulated by other Federal Depository Libraries.
The presentation of the award took place at the Fall Federal Depository Library Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Participants in the award ceremony included Public Printer Robert C. Tapella; Richard G. Davis, the Acting Superintendent of Documents and Director of Library Services and Content Management; Lawrence R. Meyer, the Director of the Law Library for San Bernardino County; and Keith D. Davis, the President of the library’s Board of Trustees.
“The Law Library for San Bernardino County has done an outstanding job of providing the public access to the documents of our democracy,” said Public Printer Robert C. Tapella. “For nearly 200 years, depository libraries have safeguarded the public’s right to know and are one of the vital links between the public and its government.”
With three locations, the Law Library for San Bernardino County is a selective Federal depository library that serves the largest county in the United States. It encompasses the main library in the City of San Bernardino, as well as branches in the cities of Rancho Cucamonga ands Victorville. The library has a lengthy record of public service and outreach.
Library staff has taken numerous steps to offer superior service to its users. These steps include extending its hours of operation, developing a new, more user-friendly Web site, and offering a law librarian online reference service called “AskNow.”
Also, the staff conducts public outreach activities by extensively promoting law library materials and services to both the legal and non-legal communities. Additionally, the staff consistently surveys library users, which enables them to sustain an open relationship with the members of the community they serve.
“We are deeply honored and privileged to receive the award,” said Lawrence R. Meyer, Director, Law Library for San Bernardino County. “We appreciate its significance to the depository community and the recognition the award conveys specifically to the Law Library for San Bernardino County as well as the recognition it places upon all Law Libraries that participate in the FDLP as selective depositories or through shared housing arrangements. In particular this award emphasizes the importance of publicly accessible county law libraries to the FDLP.”