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UCF Librarian Appointed to Federal Depository Library Council

Posted on: Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:37:18 am

Davita Vance-Cooks, Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Public Printer, announced the five new members to the Depository Library Council (DLC), among them is University of Central Florida Libraries Government Documents Librarian Rich Gause. His three-year term on this prestigious committee begins June 1, 2014. One of an elite group of 220 appointees in a little over 40 years, Gause is only the fifth representative from a Florida institution. The last Florida member of the Council was appointed in 1996. The Public Printer gathers information from current Council members, library associations, and other appropriate sources before appointing members to the 15-person committee.

Established in 1972, the DLC is an advisory committee to the Public Printer and the Superintendent of Documents. The Federal Depository Library Program was created over 150 years ago as Congress and the GPO, the world’s largest publisher, began looking for ways to get government publications into the hands of the public. Eventually federal depository libraries were established throughout the United States and its territories to further promote the mission to Keep Americans Informed by providing access to and assistance with government publications. The DLC is comprised of representatives from a cross-section of the federal depository libraries and takes on issues equally diverse from technical services issues such as indexing and cataloging to administrative matters like distribution and storage of depository collections to policy recommendations pertaining to the FDLP.

Rich Gause has been the Government Documents Librarian for the UCF Libraries since April 1998. Prior to his coming to UCF, he was a public librarian for twelve years in the Orange County [Florida] Library System. A native Floridian, Gause served five years in the Navy after graduating from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He received his MLIS from Florida State University. Gause’s dedication and expertise in promoting GPO materials makes him a favorite of students seeking research assistance at the John C. Hitt Library as well as colleagues throughout the state and nation. He has created or gathered the over 200 research guides on documents for the UCF Libraries (http://guides.ucf.edu/govt?hs=a). Throughout the years he has made presentations at professional association conferences and more recently become active in producing webinars. Gause’s philosophy of librarianship: Know your collection; know your colleagues; know your profession; and share your knowledge. He has remarked that “the joys of librarianship come from the endless opportunities to learn new things and to teach others. Be passionate about whatever you do.”

Dr. Penny Beile, UCF Libraries Associate Director for Research Information & Scholarly Communication, heartily agrees with the new appointment. “The Public Printer could not have selected a more engaged or dedicated librarian from its list of nominees. We are all extremely proud of Rich and pleased that he’s been recognized for his experience and hard work. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving of this honor.”

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