WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) Council passed a resolution honoring Gil Baldwin for his 35 years of service with the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) during the ALA 2009 Midwinter Conference in Denver, Co.
Baldwin first served as an indexer in the Congressional Record Index Office then joined the Superintendent of Document organization as a cataloger and eventually headed the Cataloging Branch.
When Baldwin was Chief of the Library Division and Director of Library Programs Services at GPO, he led the efforts to create the original Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) Electronic Collection, to archive the first Web-based publications, and to develop and publish the first collection management plan for the FDLP Electronic Collection.
Baldwin has been continually committed to permanent public access as shown by his work to establish GPO as a National Archives and Records Administration affiliate archive for the long-term stewardship of federal online information dissemination products and through the development of partnerships with federal agencies and depository libraries to incorporate more electronic government information into the FDLP. He also led the movement to recreate the Monthly Catalog as the online Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
The resolution states that the ALA honors Gil Baldwin for his many years of service as an outstanding colleague to the library community; a dedicated employee of the GPO; a defender of no fee, permanent and open access to government information; and a visionary and force for change.
The resolution can be viewed here.