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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
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Feds “spotlight” Yavapai College Library

Library recognized for work promoting access to government information

The U.S. Government Printing Office is honoring Yavapai College Library this month for its efforts to promote and make available government information to the public. The library is among nearly 1,250 institutions designated under the Federal Depository Library Program to collect, organize and preserve documents from the federal government.

Yavapai College Library, in Prescott , is the 11th to be named a “Spotlight Library” since the Government Printing Office began recognizing such programs in May 2009.

“We are proud of Yavapai College Library for this recognition of excellence from the U.S. Government Printing Office,” said State Librarian GladysAnn Wells, director of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.

Recent events at the Yavapai College Library included a celebration of Constitution Day that included a video presentation – entitled, “Your Right to Know!” – showcasing the library's collection of government documents. The video accompanied an in-house display of unusual government documents, including 3-D viewing glasses from NASA, an ATF arson-investigation guide, Braille publications and activity books from the National Park Service.

The Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State's Office, is the Regional Federal Depository Library for the state. State Library federal collections are used on a daily basis by Arizonians on-line and on-site at the State Capitol. The collections of more than 2 million items include materials not found elsewhere in the state. In addition, State Library staff train Arizona librarians in the discovery and use of both virtual and paper federal government information.

Said Wells, “The Arizona State Library has served Arizona , bringing federal government information to our state – first in paper and now electronically – since Territorial days.”

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