This year, Karl Debus-Lopez is one of two winners for the Federal Achievement Award.
Karl Debus-López has been a federal librarian for 22 of his 31 year career. He has worked at the National Library of Medicine, National Agricultural Library, the Executive Office of the President, and the Library of Congress, serving in managerial positions. At the National Agricultural Library he was Chief Collection Development Officer, and as Chief of the U.S. Programs, Law, and Literature Division at the Library of Congress, he has oversight of national and international programs, including the Cataloging in Publication Program, International Standard Serial Number Program, Dewey Decimal Classification Program, and the Children’s and Young Adults’ Cataloging Program. Mr. Debus-López served twice as President of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table (FAFLRT) in 2010-2011 and 2016-2017. He was instrumental in the merger of FAFLRT and ASCLA to form the new Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), and he is a founding member of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group (FAFLIG). Mr. Debus-López retired on June 30, 2020, but he will remain active in ALA.
ASGCLA thanks COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, for supporting the 2020 Awards program. The Association for Specialized Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA), https://asgcladirect.org/ has been the premiere destination for ALA members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, federal and armed forces libraries, libraries serving underserved populations, library cooperatives and library consultants. ASGCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members.