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Release: April 14, 2002

Kohler Receives Government Documents Librarian Honor

Carolyn Kohler, head of the University Libraries government documents department, has been named the recipient of the 2003 James Bennett Childs Award, presented by the American Library Association's (ALA) Government Documents Roundtable to honor someone who has made a significant lifetime contribution as a documents librarian. Childs was a well-known government publications bibliographer at the Library of Congress who published extensively in the 1930s-60s.

"I was always in awe of the late Dr. Childs, and felt privileged to have personally known and corresponded with him," said Kohler. "To receive an award named in his honor is overwhelming."

A charter member of the roundtable with more than 30 years experience as a government documents librarian, Kohler has worked with federal, international and state documents. She has also been active as an officer in the organization and its groups. In addition, she helped form the Iowa Library Association's own Government Documents Roundtable and served as its first chair.

"I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor," said Nancy Baker, UI librarian. "Carolyn has devoted her entire professional career to making the publications of the U.S. government, the state of Iowa, and other international governments readily accessible to the university and to the people of Iowa. She has been influential in shaping the national agenda for federal depository libraries and has been a diligent administrator of the regional depository library serving the state. "

Kohler will receive the award at the ALA's annual meeting in Toronto in June.

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