The Special Libraries Association Board of Trustees created the Government Information Division (DGI) on October 22, 2004, when it considered and approved the prospective Division’s governing documents. DGI is SLA’s 25th professional interest network.
SLA member Richard Huffine led the petition drive among SLA members to create the new division. In a January 2005 Information Outlook article, Richard recounted:
“I saw a need for stronger community among the staff of libraries and information centers within the U.S. government. But the fact remains that government information professionals at national, provincial, and local levels around the world, as well as those who care about or depend upon government information and data, should come together to build community and strengthen one another.”
Richard and SLA member John Butsch served as interim co-chairs of the Division from October 2004 to June 2005. They worked to:
- Recruit SLA members to join DGI;
- Co-sponsor two programs at the 2005 SLA Conference in Toronto; and
- Appoint volunteers to launch important Division activities.
Richard convened the first DGI business meeting at the 2005 SLA Conference. Executive Board Officers were elected, and DGI’s priorities for the coming year were outlined and discussed.
The following SLA members served on DGI’s first Executive Board from June 2005 to December 2006:
- Chair – Richard Huffine
- Chair-Elect – Peggy Garvin
- Director – Catherine Earles
- Director (two-year term) — Jim Gillispie
- Secretary – Sharon Lenius
- Treasurer (two-year term) — Dave Martin