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[LIBRARY] Release: Public Printer Appoints State Librarian of Indiana to Depository Library Council
Start Date: 4/8/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/8/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2013) - Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks of the Government Printing Office (GPO) recently announced the appointment of Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana, and four other new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC).

The Council, composed of 15 members each of whom serves a three year term, advises the Public Printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP provides the public with access to authentic, published information from all three branches of the Federal Government in print and electronic formats through partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide ranging from small public libraries to large research universities.

“This new group of librarians brings decades of experience and strong leadership to the Depository Library Council,” said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks said in a recent release. “I look forward to working with each of them and their Council colleagues to advise us on the changing needs of the Federal Depository Library Program as we develop a national plan for the FDLP in the digital age.”

Ms. Brooker's term will begin June 1, 2013 and last through May 31, 2016. New members joining her include: Greta Bever, Assistant Commissioner for Central Library Services at the Chicago Public Library; Elizabeth Cowell, Associate University Librarian for Public Services at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Kate Irwin-Smiler, reference librarian at the Wake Forest University School of Law’s Professional Center Library in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Hallie Pritchett, head of the Map and Government Information Library at the University of Georgia.

"I would like to thank Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks and the Government Printing Office for this great honor to serve on the Depository Library Council," said Brooker. "Having worked with government documents for decades, I look forward to sharing my experience and insight with Council."

Roberta L. Brooker was appointed Indiana State Librarian by the Indiana Library and Historical Board on June 1, 2007, a position she held in interim since December 2005. Ms. Brooker is responsible for overseeing the external affairs of the State Library, which include developing and providing library services to Indiana citizens and the state government, encouraging and supporting the development of the library profession, and strengthening the services of publicly and privately supported libraries in the state. She is also charged with maintaining a 2.5 million item collection of Indiana and federal materials, as well as one of the largest genealogy collections in the Midwest.

Under Ms. Brooker's direction, the State Library has succeeded in making its collections more accessible to the public, while preserving them for future generations. The Library, once one of the best kept secrets in Indiana, is now being promoted more aggressively and entertains various groups for public and private events. During her tenure, the Library has developed one of the nation's most comprehensive library professional development programs, as well as a shared library catalogue consortium of over 100 Indiana public libraries that is among the largest in the world. The Library is also actively pursuing new opportunities and partnerships that will benefit not only the State Library, but Indiana's entire statewide library community.

Ms. Brooker has spent nearly two decades at the State Library, starting as a Reference Librarian in 1988. She went on to serve in several other capacities, including as Coordinator of the Indiana State Data Center and as a Consultant for the Library Development Office. Ms. Brooker was also responsible for incorporating Indiana's public library districts into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Through her efforts, Indiana became one of the first states to use GIS to analyze data and geography simultaneously, which enabled individuals to compare and contrast library districts given multiple statistical variables.

Ms. Brooker received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Indianapolis and her Master in Library Science from Indiana University.

"The preservation and dissemination of government documents is an invaluable service for all citizens," said Brooker. "The GPO and its partnering libraries nationwide play a vital role in equipping the public with information about the Federal government while preserving our nation's Federal documentation for future generations."

About the Government Printing Office
GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System (, partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

About the Indiana State Library
The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana. Everyone is welcome to visit the State Library. Our professional staff is available to assist with research questions, offer expertise on a variety of subject matters, including genealogy, and provide general guidance and information about materials in the Library’s collections.


Media Contact: Drew Griffis
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Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Roberta L. Brooker, State Librarian of Indiana
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