The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the recipients of its National Awards for Federal Librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians, and library technicians respond to information requests from government, businesses and academic communities and the American Public.
Federal libraries and staff across the United States and abroad competed for the awards. The winners for fiscal year 2021 are as follows.
Federal Libraries/Information Centers of the Year 2021
Large library/information center (staff of 11 or more federal and/or contract employees): Goddard Information and Collaboration Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
The Goddard Information and Collaboration Center is recognized for its innovative services during the global pandemic to over 10,000 clients. The center launched new bibliographic and data visualization services and partnerships with NASA mission directorates while migrating its consortium catalogs and updating its knowledge management database. Collaborations included working with agency scientists on bibliographic data entry and data visualization and developing the Goddard Knowledge Exchange database with the agency’s knowledge manager. In fiscal year 2021, the center conducted research for senior agency officials and supported an audit of Goddard’s authors. As part of a NASA knowledge exchange program, the center mapped the Integrated Library System policies to enhance the center’s online public access catalog.
Small library/information center (staff of 10 federal and/or contract employees or less): Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center Library, Cincinnati, Ohio
The Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center Library is recognized for its role as the primary service center library for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library System which supports 1,700 employees of the EPA and the general public in 10 states. In addition to ongoing research and programming, the library has implemented a radio frequency identification reader for its collection of 48,000 items. This effort increased the library’s annual inventory efficiency by 93%, saving the EPA more than $100,000 per year, which allowed the EPA to manage a new repository without increasing staff. In fiscal year 2021, the library began maintaining the EPA Library Network Dark Archive, an archive designed to preserve EPA publications and scientific history. This collection effectively doubles the size of the library’s collection and makes it the largest library in the EPA network.
Federal Librarian of the Year 2021
Emily Shohfi, Clinical Librarian, Darnall Medical Library, Defense Health Agency, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Emily Shohfi is recognized for her dedication to evidence-based practice, library use, and contributions to scholarship in medical education. Embedded in nine different medical specialties and training programs, she trained more than 400 trainee physicians and 1,000 medical staff in fiscal year 2021. She conducted an additional 275 interactive didactic sessions designed to improve resource utilization library, search strategies and literature evaluation, enabling trainees to care for approximately 360,000 patients with the best available medical evidence. Shohfi has served on three hospital-level committees to address library impact, diversity, equity and inclusion, and a critical military committee focused on combat trauma research. Beyond her educational role, she answered 720 patient care questions and performed 311 additional searches for research projects or efforts and custom databases and strategies for clinical questions, practice at the program, clinical reviews and/or meta-analyses for original clinical research. .
Federal Library Technician of the Year 2021
Reginald A. Stewart, Library Programmer and Environment Manager, Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Community Recreation Division, Wiesbaden Library, Germany
Reginald A. Stewart is recognized for his dedication to the library’s mission, its patrons, and creating engaging programs to support literacy and learning. Recipient of the 2002 Federal Library Technician of the Year award, Stewart has continued to design and support inclusive library initiatives to meet the needs of the diverse library community and address the unique developmental stages of children of all ages. age groups. In addition to conducting extensive community programming, Stewart also managed the library’s budget and facilities and leveraged the latest library technology and programs to increase library involvement and improve quality of life and well-being. community members. During Fiscal Year 2021, Stewart’s collaboration with the Office of the Environment to reduce the environmental footprint of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Family Morale and Recreation Directorate, has enabled the program’s 18 gateways to become Green Boot certified.