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Top GPO Executive Credited With Improving Public Access To Government Documents To Retire

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON -- The official most responsible for working with the library community on establishing an authentic digital collection of published Government information, has announced she will be retiring from the Government Printing Office early next year. Judy Russell has been with the GPO for nearly a decade, most recently as Superintendent of Documents. Russell has been key in designing the Federal Depository Library Program of the future, creating GPO Access, and developing innovative plans for the publications sales program. “These past four years have been filled with a range of positive changes for the GPO, the FDLP and public access,” said Russell. “We have expanded our content and service partnerships with Federal agencies and the depository libraries to improve service to the public and assure permanent access to digital collections.” Prior to her appointment by Public Printer Bruce James in 2003, Russell spent five years at GPO in the 1990s directing the agency's electronic dissemination operation and the FDLP. “Judy has done a tremendous job in helping GPO, Federal agencies and the library community to give the public electronic access to some of the Government's most important documents,” said James. Russell has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector and in public service. Her career highlights include key positions in libraries and information centers, as well as the publishing and information industries. Russell is a graduate of Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross in Washington, D.C. She received an M.S. in Library Science from Catholic University.

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