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Washington/Ottawa, May 4 (Canadian-Media): Winners of its national awards for federal librarianship was announced May 1 by the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) at the Library of Congress (LOC) at the FEDLINK Spring Exposition, in Washington, D.C., media reports said.
The 2017 FEDLINK award winners are recognized in the following three categories:
2017 Federal Libraries/Information Centers of the Year which acknowledges both a small library/information center with a staff of 10 or fewer employees and a larger library/information center with a staff of 11 or more employees.
Large Library/Information Center: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Library (ERDC) at Vicksburg, Mississippi, is recognized for modernizing its knowledge-management services by collecting, digitizing and making rare and one-of-a-kind knowledge products of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visible to common search engines.
Small Library/Information Center: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, is recognized for its outstanding service as one of the lead library within EPA’s National Library Network. The library’s staff of five served a campus of 2,000 and maintained an overall customer-service rating of 98.8 percent.
The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.
Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed for the awards.
The names of the following winners will remain on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at LOC
2017 Federal Librarian of the Year: Edward J. Poletti, chief of Learning Resources at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, is recognized for his dedication to work on behalf of federal medical librarians and contribute to patient quality of care as well as his current-awareness alert about articles written by Veteran Affairs authors and/or about veterans that appeared in PubMed MEDLINE articles..
2017 Federal Library Technician of the Year: Ozella Lee Gates, library technician at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Command in Fort Gordon, Georgia, is recognized for the library’s only reference services provider, her critical role in support for clinical training programs in allied heath, nursing and professional health care, for managing library, its holdings and internet site.
FEDLINK is an organization of federal agencies working together to achieve the optimum use of the resources and facilities of federal libraries and information centers by promoting common services, coordinating and sharing available resources, and providing continuing professional education for federal library and information staff.
FEDLINK serves as a forum for the discussion of the policies, programs, procedures and technologies that affect federal libraries and the information services they provide to their agencies, Congress, the federal courts and the American people.
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LOC is the world’s largest library offering access to the creative record of the United States and is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress.
LOC offers extensive materials from around the world, both on-site and online and is home of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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