February 10, 2000
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 Ms. Charlene Cain, Associate Librarian/Government Documents Librarian at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
We believe that the work of the Depository Library Council during the next several years will be more important than ever before 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. GPO has conceptualized an important plan for the future in your report, Managing the FDLP Electronic Collection: A Policy and Planning Document, that will improve public access to Federal government information and define GPO's fast-growing FDLP Electronic Collections. The role of Council in advising you on these important issues is critical as new challenges, opportunities and partnerships develop. We believe that Ms. Cain's knowledge, experience, and insights would be very valuable to the Council's work.
Attached is Ms. Cain's curriculum vitae that will provide you with comprehensive information about her distinguished career as a documents librarian and a law librarian. I would also like to summarize briefly highlights of Ms. Cain's accomplishments that I believe would make her an asset to the Council. Ms. Cain has a broad working knowledge of the depository library program and its transition to a more electronic program, and she is a stalwart champion of the principles of public access to government information. Before assuming her current position at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Ms. Cain spent five years as a documents librarian in a general academic library where she gained valuable experience working with the broad scope of depository materials.
In addition to managing the Government Documents Department at the Law Center, Ms. Cain provides specialized reference services and bibliographic instruction to assist library patrons in finding and using Federal government information both in the library's FDLP collection and through electronic means such as GPO Access. A year ago, Ms. Cain served with distinction as chair of AALL's Government Documents Special Interest Section and assisted in drafting the GD-SIS's strategic planning document for the future. Ms. Cain is very active nationally and regionally within the documents community, and brings to her tasks skills that are valued by her depository library colleagues. Lastly, her commitment to the challenges of preserving and providing permanent public access to FDLP electronic materials is enhanced by her past years of experience as an archivist.
Mr. DiMario, thank you very much for this opportunity to submit the name of Ms. Charlene Cain as a nominee for appointment to the Depository Library Council this year. Ms. Cain is a highly-qualified documents librarian who we are confident would contribute considerably to the discussions and deliberations of the Depository Library Council. She 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.
Margaret Maes Axtmann
American Association of Law Libraries
cc: Robert L. Oakley, AALL Washington Affairs Representative