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Federal Librarianship Award Winners Announced: NIST, Justice, Army, Air Force

FLICC will honor the award-winners at the 26th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on Oct. 22 at the Library of Congress in Washington.

FLICC will honor the award-winners at the 26th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on Oct. 22 at the Library of Congress in Washington. The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which 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.

FLICC will honor the award-winners at the 26th Annual FLICC Forum on Federal Information Policies on Oct. 22 at the Library of Congress in Washington, where they will receive their awards from Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. The names of the winners 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. The winners are listed below.

2008 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year: Large Library/Information Center Category (with a staff of 11 or more federal and/or contract employees)
Information Services Division / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Research Library, Gaithersburg, Md., is recognized for its Lab Liaison Program and expanded collection of leadership and management podcasts which include two highly visible NIST products, NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions and the NIST X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Database for NIST scientists. Its award-winning responsive, adaptive and innovative customer service efforts responded to more than 1,500 requests for digital versions of its collection. The library also designed the Vision Implementation Project to promote staff understanding of researcher workflows. In 2008, the library exceeded its goals for superior customer service, responsive and professional staff, and an environment that fosters open communication, teamwork and risk-taking.

2008 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year: Small Library/Information Center Category (with a staff of 10 or fewer federal and/or contract employees)
Hurlburt Field Library, U.S. Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is recognized for its unique and trendsetting programs to meet the lifestyles of its users, implementing hundreds of morale-boosting programs. Hurlburt Field Library continues to support the military mission and improve the quality of life at its base communities. In 2008, the library delivered a number of information services through its commercially-hosted website; administered 1,100 books specific to field-unit missions and simplified access for almost 7,500 active-duty personnel via the library’s information portal. Continually recognized for its excellence in customer care, the library excels in being effective, versatile and dedicated to the customer.

2008 Federal Librarian of the Year
Dr. Verlene Herrington, Chief, U.S. Army Military Intelligence Library, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., is recognized for her skills in marketing, developing and promoting library services. In 2008, Herrington obtained program funding, assisted in the design, and oversaw the multi-million dollar renovation project of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Library. Due to her innovative, non-traditional and enthusiastic approach to library services, the new state-of-the-art library averages 700 onsite visitors daily, increasing attendance more than 1,500 percent. She spearheaded the expansion of additional library services by inviting the Foreign Language Center (FLC) to relocate in the heart of the campus and having SIPRnet installed and available for troops to do classified research. During 2008, Dr. Herrington also created a reform of all-open sources and developed an open-source instructional program with participation on all levels. Along with her vision and determination, Herrington has demonstrated a remarkable ability to understand and implement how best to grow a library program and serve her ever-changing client base.

2008 Federal Library Technician of the Year
Lawana Gladney, Library Technician, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., is recognized for her commitment to service in support of the Department of Justice legislative digital initiative. In addition to demonstrating her many on-the-job library skills, in 2008, Gladney worked diligently to convert internal print legislative histories into a digital format, making them available on the Legislative History Digital Database.

For the latest information on the awards, see the FLICC Website.