The CDL has appointed a Government Information Initiatives Advisory Group to be convened by Beverlee French, Associate University Librarian and Director for Shared Content for the CDL. The expected term of service is July 2000-June 2002.

In 1999 the CDL launched an investigation with the goal of developing strategies to enhance and assure persistent access to digital information produced by all levels of government.  With eight federal and state “depository libraries”, the CDL will build on the UC commitment to provide government information to all citizens in California through its digital government information initiatives.  The CDL’s government information initiatives will serve audiences throughout California-libraries, businesses, government agencies, teachers and students–as well as the UC faculty, students and staff.  They will have both content and service components.  The CDL Government Information Initiatives Advisory Group will be asked to consider this breadth of government information users and uses in providing guidance to the CDL and its Steering Committee on Shared Collections.

The CDL’s first government information initiative is a project called California Counts, a resource that will aggregate government-produced numeric data and make it accessible and manipulable through a single Web interface.  The California State Library (CSL) and the CDL have signed an Interagency Agreement whereby agrees to fund prototype development and the CDL agrees to facilitate development of California Counts.

The CDL seeks guidance from the Government Information Initiatives Advisory Group on the following issues:

  • Advise on strategic priorities for CDL government information initiatives, including those that support extension of CDL services beyond the University.
  • Advise on potential partners and strategies for long-term sustenance and funding of successful CDL government information initiatives.
  • Advise on potential grant proposals and on mechanisms to fulfill the objectives of existing grants.
  • Advise on appropriate consultative and evaluation mechanisms for development of government information content and tools.  These may include developing strategic partnerships with agencies.
  • Advise on appropriate outreach and education aspects of government information initiatives.

Current Members:

Thomas Andersen
California State Library

Ann Cousineau
Solano County Public Library

Patricia Cruse (ex officio)
California Digital Library

Laine Farley
California Digital Library

Beverlee French
California Digital Library

Jacqueline Hanson
University of California, San Diego

Barbara Jeffus
California Department of Education

Andres Jimenez
California Policy Research Center

John Jewell
California State Library

Karen Kemp
University of Redlands

Linda Kennedy
University of California, Davis

Brent Miller
California State Library

Daniel Schiller, Professor
University of California, San Diego

Elizabeth Stephenson
University of California, Los Angeles

Milt Ternberg
University of California, Berkeley
Haas School of Business

The following site provides background information on CDL government information initiatives: