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2015 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 AUGUST 27, 2015


The Law Library of Louisiana hosted Davita E. Vance-Cooks, Director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), who was in New Orleans to tour two libraries that are part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Law Library being one of them. The Law Library of Louisiana is housed in the Louisiana Supreme Court courthouse located in the New Orleans French Quarter. Vance-Cooks is the first woman and first African-American to lead the agency, whose mission since its establishment in 1861 is to keep America informed.

According to Vance-Cooks, there was a historic change to the agency in December 2014 when President Barack Obama signed into law a bill that changed the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office. The word “publishing” better reflects the current role that GPO plays in providing access to government information through the agency’s Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks and related technologies.

As the provider of the official federal government information in digital and printed formats, GPO produces the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, U.S. Passports and a wide variety of other publications.

“It was an honor to show Director Vance-Cooks the law library and the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum. She was particularly impressed by some of our rare books that shaped Louisiana law, including: original editions of the French Civil Code, Las Sieta Patidas and the Code Noir. Additionally, she enjoyed viewing the A.P. Tureaud portrait and exhibit and learning about his important civil rights work,” Law Library Director Georgia Chadwick said.

The GPO provides free public access to government information products through FDLP libraries nationwide as well as free online access at www.fdsys.gov. The Law Library of Louisiana and Louisiana Law Museum are free and open to the public weekdays, 9 AM - 5 PM, with more contact information available at www.lasc.org.

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Georgia Chadwick (left) and Davita Vance-Cooks (right)
  Georgia Chadwick (left) and Davita Vance-Cooks (right)



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