Bernadine Abbott Hoduski was born in New Deal, Montana and is from a family of homesteaders. She was Assistant Professor and Director of the Government Documents Department at Central Missouri State University, started a library for EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Missouri, and served 21 years as a Professional Staff Member for the Joint Committee on Printing of the United States Congress. She chaired the JCP Ad Hoc Committee on Depository Library Access to Federal Automated Data Bases, which laid the groundwork for the passage of the GPO Access Act of 1993. That Act led to the establishment of Fedsys, which provides on line free public access to government information.
Bernadine was one of the founders of the American Library Association, Government Documents Round Table. She is the author of “Lobbying for Libraries and the Public’s Access to Government Information” and is a contributing editor to “Unabashed Librarian”. She co-chaired the 2000 Fund Our Library’s Future Committee, which persuaded Lewis & Clark County, Montana voters to support a seven year levy for the public library in Helena, Montana.