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EPA’s National Library Network Named Federal Library/Information Center of the Year / Agency’s library network recognized as innovative and outstanding

Release Date: 05/17/2011
Contact Information: Mollie Lemon, lemon.mollie@epa.gov, 202-564-2039, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Library Network has been named Federal Library/Information Center of the Year by the Library of Congress. The award recognizes outstanding, innovative, and sustained achievements during fiscal year 2010 by a federal library or information center. EPA’s library network is an essential information partner with EPA staff and the public to support transparency, decision making, environmental awareness, and protection of people’s health and the environment.

“We are proud to be recognized for our outstanding information services,” said Malcolm D. Jackson, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information. “This award is a testament to EPA’s commitment to provide top notch library services to both our staff and the American public.”

In FY2010, EPA libraries worked together to digitize 7,500 agency publications, adding to the growing inventory of more than 45,000 digital documents available to the public at no cost. Serving as a point of contact for public inquiries, EPA libraries collectively addressed nearly 9,000 public reference questions and loaned more than 8,000 documents, saving taxpayers an estimated $266,000.

The Federal Library and Information Centers Committee (FLICC) of the Library of Congress gives the award to both small libraries/information centers (with a staff of 10 or fewer federal and/or contract employees) and large libraries/information centers (with a staff of 11 or more). EPA’s National Library Network is named in the large category.

More information on EPA’s National Library Network:
http://www.epa.gov/libraries/
More information on the Federal Library Information Centers Committee and the award: http://www.loc.gov/flicc/FliccForum/index_forumandwards.html