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For Immediate Release
March 19, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
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Feds “spotlight” Mesa Public Library

Library recognized for work promoting access to government information

The U.S. Government Printing Office is honoring Mesa Public Library 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.

Mesa Public Library is one of the first 11 to be named “Spotlight Libraries” since the Government Printing Office began recognizing such programs in May 2009.

“We are proud of Mesa Public 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.

Mesa Public Library promotes access to government information by:

- Creating interesting displays, such as a 4 th of July exhibit with a quiz about the Declaration of Independence.

- Using its Web site to point visitors to important information on topics like the 2010 Census and H1N1 flu vaccine.

- Adding value to materials both in print and online. For example: the library offers topographic maps to hikers.

- Using its Website to highlight federal resources – such as – on a rotating basis. Resources such as this are often hard to find in library catalogs or not present at all.

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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