NANCY A. DAVENPORT

Nancy A. Davenport is the Director for Acquisitions at the Library of Congress. In this position, she administers collecting programs that enrich the Library's vast collections, which now total more than 119 million items. The Library's acquisitions budget of government funds is approximately $10 million, and it supplements the collections obtained through copyright deposit, exchange with institutions around the world, and a generous gift program.

Ms. Davenport's previous experience in the Library of Congress includes: Acting Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Acting Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division, and 25 years of working in the field of public policy analysis with the Congressional Research Service (CRS), where she was a Senior Specialist in Library and Information Policy and the Associate Director for Special Programs.

During one special assignment in CRS, Ms. Davenport spent six years working closely with the parliaments of the developing democracies in Central and Eastern Europe designing and delivering training programs for Members of Parliament and their staffs. She is continuing to work with emerging democracies through a program chaired by the President of the American Library Association (ALA).

Ms. Davenport's undergraduate work at West Virginia University was in economics and political science, and she received her information science and library administration training at the University of Pittsburgh. She is an active member of the ALA and has been elected to its policy-making body, the Council. She is President of the Federal Librarians Roundtable, an association representing all librarians employed by the U.S. federal government. Ms. Davenport represents the Library of Congress at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), serving on the Standing Committee on Acquisitions and Collection Development. Ms. Davenport is a frequent lecturer on the topics of "Public Policy and Libraries" and "Technology as a Change Agent in Libraries."

back to biographies