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July 10, 1998

Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Federal Libraries, Librarians, and Library Technicians

To honor the many innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians are fulfilling the information demands of government, the business, research and scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) is inaugurating three annual national awards for federal librarianship.

The awards are:

Federal Library/Information Center of the Year. This award commends the library or information center's outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements during fiscal year 1998 (Oct. 1, 1997 - Sept. 30, 1998) in fulfilling its organization's mission, fostering innovation in its services and meeting the needs of its users. All federal libraries and information centers are eligible.

Federal Librarian of the Year. This award honors professional achievements during fiscal year 1998 in the advancement of library and information sciences, the promotion and development of services in support of the agency's mission and demonstrated professionalism as described in Competencies for Special Librarians in the 21st Century (developed by the Special Libraries Association; see SLA's Web site: (external link)). The nominee must be a federal employee and a practicing librarian in a federal library or information center.

Federal Library Technician of the Year. This award recognizes the achievements of a federal library technician during fiscal year 1998 for service excellence in support of the mission of the library or information center, exceptional technical competency and flexibility in adapting work methods and dealing with change. The nominee must be a federal employee and a practicing paraprofessional or library technician in a federal library or information center.

The award winners will receive a certificate and plaque honoring their contributions to the field of federal library information service which will be presented at the annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies in Washington, D.C., in March 1999. To further recognize these outstanding individuals and programs, a plaque engraved with their names and the names of all future winners will be on permanent display in the FLICC offices at the Library of Congress.

For more information or to request a nomination packet, visit the FLICC Web site ( or contact FLICC by phone (202-707-4800), fax (202-707-4818) or send mail to FLICC, c/o Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-4930. The nomination packet includes the nomination form, selection criteria and a list of required supporting materials. All completed nomination applications must be postmarked no later than November 15, 1998.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) 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 others concerned with libraries and information centers.

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PR 98-109
ISSN 0731-3527

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