TRAIL Representative Jen Kirk Named to Depository Library Council

Jen Kirk, TRAIL metrics working group chair and Utah State University government information librarian

Monday, November 8, 2021
Samantha Abrams -

TRAIL member representative Jen Kirk of Utah State University has been appointed to the Depository Library Council (DLC). The Depository Library Council to the Public Printer was established in 1972, and its central purpose is to advise the Public Printer and the Superintendent of Documents on matters of policy relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) that is a part of the Government Publishing Office (GPO). The Council is composed of 15 members, and each serves a three-year term.

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. These libraries are committed to making government information freely available to the public.

TRAIL's Metrics Working Group Chair Jen Kirk is the Government Information Librarian at Utah State University (USU). At USU, Kirk coordinates the Government Information Program and connects government documents to users across disciplines. As the Regional Coordinator for Utah and Nevada, she works with 15 depositories to provide public access to government information. She promotes government information through the Utah Library Association’s Government Documents Roundtable (ULA GODORT). Her research interests focus on practical applications of government information librarianship, distribution of government agency publications, and presidential libraries. 

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