May 22, 2022

GPO: Laurie Hall Named Superintendent of Documents, Has Been Serving as Acting Superintendent Since April 2016

Here’s the Full Text of a Statement From the Government Publishing Office:


Laurie Hall (Source: GPO)

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Davita Vance-Cooks names Laurie Hall the Superintendent of Documents. She has been serving as Acting Superintendent of Documents since April 2016.

“Laurie has done a tremendous job serving in the acting role and I congratulate her on a well-deserved promotion,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “Laurie’s institutional knowledge of libraries has been valuable for GPO and the Federal Depository Library Program during that last three decades. I look forward to working with her on important issues in the library community.”

In this capacity Hall will oversee the operations of the agency’s Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) business unit with a staff of approximately 95 librarians and other information professionals. LSCM administers four major congressionally-mandated information dissemination programs: the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging & Indexing Program, the International Exchange Service, and the By-Law Distribution Program. She will also be responsible for supporting the implementation of strategic programs and operations in partnership with depository libraries and in collaboration with other GPO business units and Federal agencies.

Hall has been with GPO since 1985, most recently serving as LSCM’s Managing Director. Since 1992, she has worked on key agency initiatives, including the acquisition of GPO’s first Integrated Library System. Additionally, Hall has worked on projects to deliver cataloging records created by GPO staff to FDLP libraries through GPO’s Cataloging Record Distribution Project. She also managed the National Bibliographic Records Inventory Program, an initiative to identify and catalog both historic and new content for GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). The Bibliographic Inventory includes many projects, such as the conversion of GPO’s Historic Shelflist of U.S. Government Publications (1880-1992) and the development and implementation of cooperative cataloging partnerships with libraries in the FDLP to identify fugitive publications and link to recently digitized U.S. Government publications. A new project sponsored by Hall beginning in 2013 is the Web harvesting of agency content. The roles held by Hall since joining GPO have been fundamental to the digital transformation of key agency initiatives.

Prior to GPO, Hall worked in a variety of corporate, public, and academic libraries. She began working with the Federal Depository Library Program while working in the documents collection at Georgetown University, Lauinger Library. Ms. Hall earned her Bachelor’s degree in Art History and American Studies at the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Library Science at Catholic University.

See Also: On September 26, 2017, Hall Testified Before the Committee on House Administration re: GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program. You can read her prepared statement and view her testimony here.

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