Russell tapped for GPO post
- By Judi Hasson
- Jan 02, 2003
Judith Russell, an electronic information expert and trained librarian,
has been named the new superintendent of documents at the Government Printing
Russell, 58, was named to the position in December by Bruce James, public
printer of the United States, and begins her new job Jan. 6.
The first woman to be named to the post, Russell will be in charge of
ensuring that the public has the best possible access to government information.
"A fundamental part of the job is ensuring access, not just today, but
for future researchers who want to check policy over time," Russell said
in a telephone interview.
Prior to her appointment, Russell served as deputy director of the National
Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the federal agency that
advises the president and Congress on the information needs of the public.
From 1991 to 1996, Russell was director of GPO's Office of Electronic
Information Services where she helped establish GPO Access (www.gpo.gov/gpoaccess), one of the federal government's most
heavily used Web sites that provides online access to the Code of Federal
She also led the development of GPO's 1996 report to Congress
on how to make a successful transition to a more electronic federal depository
In making the appointment, James said Russell "will bring to all of
the superintendent of documents' operations a clear vision for the 21st
century and a determination to remake our services to meet the expectations
of our customers."
Russell is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington,
D.C., where she received a master's degree in library science.