To recognize the many innovative ways federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship.
The award winners were honored at the 18th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on March 27 in Washington, where they received their awards and were guests of the forum. (A report on the forum will be published next month.) Their names will remain on permanent display with the names of winners from previous years in the FLICC offices at the Library of Congress.
Federal libraries and staff throughout the United States and abroad competed in three award categories for the third annual FLICC Awards; the winners are listed below:
2000 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year
The Scientific and Technical Information Center, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is recognized for increasing examiner knowledge of, and access to, electronic and print resources by determining mandatory search sources, identifying alternative information resources, creating desktop tools, developing and delivering training on framing search strategies and on searching commercial databases and full text Internet tools. Working with focus groups, the center determined performance standards, collected both quantitative and qualitative data from users as indicators of customer satisfaction and published reports describing its contributions to the organizational mission. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Library and the U.S. Agency for International Development Library received honorable mention.
2000 Federal Librarian of the Year
An abundance of highly qualified librarians with outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements in 2000 resulted in a tie for this category:
Sherrie M. Floyd, chief, Army Library Program, Vicenza, Italy, is recognized for her innovative leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and determination to negotiate and guide the successful development, outfitting and staffing of two U.S. Army libraries in Bosnia. While working under austere and potentially dangerous conditions, she enhanced the Army's peacekeeping mission in the Balkans by providing services that supported the mental and physical well-being of soldiers, built morale and cohesion, and improved the quality of life through recreational, social and educational reading.
Carlynn J. Thompson, director, Research Development and Acquisition Information Support Directorate, Defense Technical Information Center, is recognized for her active and innovative leadership and professionalism in the provision of information services. She is an acknowledged expert on both technical and policy issues associated with Web development, privacy and information security, network operations and management. Her information science background provides the basis for her understanding of client requirements, end-user interfaces and content management. Her skills make her a leader both to the Department of Defense and to the federal information community at large.
2000 Federal Library Technician of the Year
Darcy Bates, library technician, Electronic Information Center, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), is recognized for personal initiative, technical skills and rapport with customers. His willingness to respond to emerging customer needs resulted in a dramatic increase in the demand for information services and created a group of satisfied and repeat customers. His ability to rise to new challenges and deal with a rapidly increasing workload while maintaining high customer service standards has contributed to the growing success of PTO's recently established Electronic Information Center. Carolly J. Struck of the U.S. Naval Hospital Medical Library, Great Lakes, Ill., received honorable mention.
Information on the 2001 Award program will be announced later this spring. For the latest information on the awards, interested parties may refer to the FLICC Web site (www.loc.gov/flicc), where information regarding the 2001 nomination packet will be posted on the "What's New" section as soon as it becomes available.
The Federal Library and Information Center Committee fosters excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation and provides guidance and direction for the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Created in 1965 and headquartered at the Library of Congress, FLICC also makes recommendations on federal library and information policies, programs and procedures to federal agencies and to others concerned with libraries and information centers.