March 9, 2004 FLICC Announces Awards for Federal Librarianship

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

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship to recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and scholarly communities and the American public.

The award winners will be honored at the 21st Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on March 25 at the Library of Congress in Washington, where they will receive their awards and be guests of the forum. Their names will remain on permanent display 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 fourth annual FLICC Awards. The winners are listed below.

2003 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year

Large Library/Information Center Category (with a staff of 11 or more federal and/or contract employees):

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Research Library, Gaithersburg, Md., is recognized for its technological innovations and comprehensive knowledge management systems that proactively provide the tools necessary to support new programs, superior customer service and the agency mission. The library staff is commended for its work in 2003 on both the design and creation of the NIST Integrated Knowledge EditorialNet (NIKE), an enterprising project designed to facilitate the capture, organization, retrieval and dissemination of NIST publications; and the Laboratory Liaison program, which promotes collaboration between researchers and the library and enhances collection development and access.

Small Library/Information Center Category (with a staff of 10 or fewer federal and/or contract employees):

The Library Services Department at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Va., is recognized for the innovative services and superior customer services it offered in 2003. The library is commended for its provision of knowledge-based resources that optimize military health care, promote research and encourage professional growth. The library has demonstrated its ability to combine creativity and innovation to meet the needs of its customers and the overall mission of its agency by providing print and electronic resources that support the Medicine, Nursing and Hospital Corps and training programs; by hosting a semiannual college fair; and by highlighting the scholarly activities of the center cited authors and publications.

2003 Federal Librarian of the Year

Lillian Woon Gassie, senior systems librarian, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., is recognized for her dynamic professionalism during 2003 in articulating the needs of the library to faculty, policymakers and information technology stakeholders. Gassie provided outstanding guidance and technical knowledge as the library developed wireless and remote proxy access to the campus network and implemented a knowledge portal and mobile education teams to support federal and state homeland security policy and strategy. Her extensive technical knowledge brought the highest level of visibility and credibility to the library as a builder of information systems and supported the overall mission of the agency.

2003 Federal Library Technician of the Year

Wilma Riley, library technician, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Research Library, Gaithersburg, Md., is recognized for her dedication to service excellence in support of the mission of the NIST Research Library and the core values of the NIST Information Services Division. In 2003, Riley set up communications connections for telecommuting staff, ensured that the library wireless technology was current and provided dynamic end-user training. Her versatility allowed her to translate the library vision into action. As a creative problem solver, she employed her talents and strong technical skills to support a variety of customer focused activities that reinforce the library successes.

Information on the 2004 Awards program will be announced later this summer. For the latest information on the awards, interested parties may refer to the FLICC Web site,, where information regarding 2004 nominations 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.


PR 04-049
ISSN 0731-3527