Magazine article Computers in Libraries

California Law Library Wins GPO Library of the Year Award

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

California Law Library Wins GPO Library of the Year Award

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The Law Library for San Bernardino County was crowned 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), making it the first California library to receive the award.

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"This really puts a light, a very favorable light, on all county law libraries, not just ours," says Lawrence Meyer, director of the Law Library.

Each year, the award is given to one of about 1,250 federal depository libraries--which provide local, no-fee access to government information in an impartial environment with professional assistance--that displays outstanding service, creativity and innovation, and leadership. According to GPO acting superintendent of documents Ric Davis, "San Bernardino County hit it on all three fronts."

He says the library succeeded because it conducts "extensive public outreach," such as distributing customer satisfaction surveys and extending its hours to better serve its patrons; serves the largest county in the U.S. in terms of land area; and offers the AskNow Law Librarian online reference service, which provides real-time answers to questions from librarians throughout California.

"You can get that reference assistance in real time as opposed to necessarily having to go to the library itself," says Davis. …

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