March 6, 2000 Federal Libraries and Information Centers, Librarians and Technicians Win FLICC Awards

Contact: John Sayers, Public Affairs (202) 707-9216 | Robin Hatziyannis, FLICC Publications and Education (202) 707-4800

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 will be honored at the 17th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on March 30 in Washington, D.C., where they will receive their awards and be guests of the forum. Their names will remain on permanent display with the names of winners from previous years in the FLICC offices at the Library of Congress.

1999 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year

An abundance of highly qualified libraries and information centers with outstanding, innovative and sustained achievements in Fiscal Year 1999 resulted in a tie for this category:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Library

This federal sciences library is recognized for its initiative and vision in providing rapid and efficient access to scientific and managerial information and for being the focal point for the transfer of environmental information for the nation. In 1999, the NOAA Central Library organized over 500 NOAA Web sites under one locator and created a unique digital image library of meteorological images from the 1800s to the 1950s.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library

The Los Alamos Research Library is recognized for its singular vision linked to sound business processes that have led to unprecedented levels of customer service, technological innovation and leadership in the information community. In one example, the research library joined forces with other organizations at the laboratory to develop a browsable interface for categorizing Los Alamos National Laboratory's science and technology Web resources to create the foundation for a laboratory-wide Internet portal.

1999 Federal Librarian of the Year -- Marion Jerri Knihnicki, Library Director of the U.S. Army Transportation School

Marion Jerri Knihnicki is recognized for her extraordinary professional and personal competencies demonstrated in planning, implementing and executing a leading-edge virtual library at the U.S. Army Transportation School. She managed a team of personnel that developed on-line courses, learning modules and an on-line library catalog that has become the basis for the Deployment Information Support System (DISS) for soldiers during military crises. The project garnered the support of the entire command and the attention of the Army. An outstanding librarian within the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Ms. Knihnicki recently accepted a promotion to the Army Library, Pentagon.

1999 Federal Library Technician of the Year -- Rosette M. Risell, Ruth H. Hooker Research Library, Naval Research Laboratory

Rosette M. Risell is recognized for routinely performing beyond the call of duty to maximize her contributions to the mission of the Naval Research Laboratory. Her contributions have significantly enhanced the library's ability to manage its entire procurement process. In 1999, she also assumed the duties of the vacant library management assistant position and participated in two special projects: to prepare an on-line catalog database for authority control processing and to identify and remove duplicate entries to ensure library users an accurate and concise database of library holdings.

Information on the 2000 Award program will be announced later this spring. For the latest information on the awards, interested parties may refer to the FLICC Web site ( where information regarding the 2000 nomination packet will be posted on the "What's New" section as soon as it becomes available.

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 to others concerned with libraries and information centers.


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