SILS and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Library celebrated 40 years of collaboration, education, and experience on April 11, 2015. Current and former interns and staff members of the EPA-RTP Library and SILS faculty and administrators gathered at the Carolina Club to help commemorate the milestone.
Gary Marchionini, SILS Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, and Deborah Balsamo (MSLS ’97), National Program Manager for the EPA’s National Library Network and former director of the EPA-RT P Library, welcomed the crowd and discussed the history and importance of the program. Several alumni and former staff also shared their memories of working in the Library.
SILS has operated the EPA-RTP Library for 40 years and more than 300 graduate students have served as interns. Upon completing their master’s studies, those interns have gone on to become leaders in libraries and the information industry. In December 2014, SILS was awarded a new contract to continue operating the Library for the next five years.
“This contract represents a highly effective and efficient partnership between a public university and a government research organization,” Dean Marchionini said. “SILS attracts experienced librarians to manage the EPA Library operations and the internships attract outstanding students to UNC-Chapel Hill. These interns not only gain practical experience in a full-service research library, but also work with library professionals to create new kinds of services to support EPA scientists and staff.”
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#1 TUESDAY, MARCH 3
The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science and the Environmental Protection Agency Library at Research Triangle Park are commemorating 40 years of collaboration, education, and experience. Each day for the next 40 days, counting down to the celebration on April 11, we’ll be sharing fun facts, photos, and memories.
#2 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
Dean Edward Holley and the leaders of the EPA established the initial partnership between the UNC-CH School of Library Science and the EPA Library in RTP.
#3 THURSDAY, MARCH 5
The EPA Library internships originated 40 years ago when a federal hiring freeze prompted the EPA to look for alternative staffing approaches for the library in RTP, which led to the unique partnership with the UNC-CH School of Library Science.
#4 FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Who remembers the name of the newsletter for former EPA interns and staff in the 70s and early 80s? Hint: it eventually added the tagline “Reaching Out to Former Employees.”
Answer: “The EPA Tentacle” newsletter reported new developments at the EPA Library and what former interns and staff were doing.
#5 SATURDAY, MARCH 7
In 1976, the EPA Library in RTP absorbed many responsibilities of the recently dissolved Air Pollution Technical Information Center (APTIC), resulting in the establishment of the Air Information Center (AIC) and significant changes to the services provided by library interns and staff.
#6 SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Early EPA Library interns assigned to the computerized searching rotation utilized the “cathode-ray-tube terminal” to search various databases such as DIALOG, MEDLINE, and TOXLINE.
#7 MONDAY, MARCH 9
In 1977, “The Tentacle” newsletter reported that the EPA Library had taken over disseminating Public Affairs pamphlets such as “Fun with the Environment” and “Let’s Dump the Dump.”
#8 TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Mary Chitty (MSLS ’79) says her 1977-78 EPA Library internship was “incredibly influential” and she fondly remembers developing relationships with colleagues, including Nola Van Hoy and Gail Preslar. Chitty also recalls the EPA fax machine, which took five minutes to transmit one page.
#9 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
The Summer 1978 edition of the NCSLA Bulletin reported that video equipment for the slow-scan TV/ tele facsimile experiment had arrived at the EPA Library in July. The equipment was supposed to allow ILL requests to be transmitted via satellite and printed in hardcopy. According to the NCSLA article, the hope was that “the use of such equipment for transmission, communication, and exchange of information will promote and facilitate sharing of informational resources and will foment new and imaginative kinds of resource sharing.”
#10 THURSDAY, MARCH 12
SILS Alumnus David Jensen was both an EPA intern and later a supervisor who had the privilege of interviewing interns for the following year. Jensen remembers all the interns were “top notch - bright, energetic and terrific colleagues.”
#11 FRIDAY, MARCH 13
Dean Edward G. Holley hired Dr. Herman Henkle, retired director of a large special library and a past president of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), to teach the special libraries seminar and advise the EPA Library internship program in its early years. Both professors had a long-lasting influence on Dav Robertson (MSLS ’75) Read more at sils.unc.edu/people/alumni-profiles/davenport-robertson.
#12 SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Two students have written master’s papers reviewing the EPA Library internship program. The first was Rosemary K. Thorn, who wrote "A Description and Evaluation of the UNC EPA Library Internship Program" in 1980.
#13 SUNDAY, MARCH 15
By 1989, 170 students had served as interns at the EPA Library, and the program was averaging about 14 students per year. The 15-year milestone was celebrated in the Spring 1989 “News From Chapel Hill” newsletter.
#14 MONDAY, MARCH 16
The spring 2001 staff at the EPA Library included (top row, from left) Janet Murphy, Claire Locke, Sambhavi Cheemalapati, Endrina Tay, and Library Director Deborah Balsamo, as well as (front row, from left) Brandi Florence, K.T. Vaughan, Kathryn Gundlach, Rebecca Lee, and Youngjoo Moon (not pictured).
#15 TUESDAY, MARCH 17
In 2001, the EPA and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Libraries in RTP were presented the NC Chapter of the Special Libraries Association Information Management Award. Pictured at right: Dav Robertson (MSLS ’75), NIEHS library director (left), and John Knight, federal library director with the U.S. EPA (right), display the plaques awarded to them by Barbara Post, (MSLS ’79). Both Post and Roberston were EPA Library interns.
#16 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
Adina Riggins (’01) says her EPA Library internship from June 1999-December 2000 was a “great, positive work and educational experience. Deborah Balsamo was a wonderful mentor and very helpful when I was applying for professional archival positions. She spoke frankly about what she was able to observe about my work at the EPA Library that would be helpful in academic librarianship and even in archives!”
#17 THURSDAY, MARCH 19
A reunion celebrating the 30-year relationships between UNC SILS and the EPA Library drew a crowd of more than 70 on Saturday, March 19, 2005. Pictured at right: EPA interns Mary Gabehart and Rebecca Pappert, EPA Library Director April Errickson, and EPA intern Haley Hall at the reunion.
#18 FRIDAY, MARCH 20
The tradition continues! Current EPA Library interns Meredith Hale, Mea Warren, Cathy Field, and Ebony McDonald, and EPA Library Director Susan Forbes came to Manning Hall on Wednesday for an information session with SILS students interested in applying for the internships next year.
#19 SATURDAY, MARCH 21
During her EPA Library internship, Adina Riggins (’01) fondly recalls that in the tech services area of the old building, interns and staff shared photos of pets. She also remembers the smell of the delicious cinnamon rolls in the cafeteria of the NC Mutual Building back when OAQPS was housed there.
#20 SUNDAY, MARCH 22
The 2001 EPA Library Holiday Party. Pictured bottom to top: Valerie Rishel, Claire Locke, Teresa Abdum Muhaymin, Endrina Tay, Audrey Cash, Kathryn Gundlach, Deborah Barker Balsamo, Emily Glenn, Sambhavi Cheemalapati, and Krista Schmidt.
#21 MONDAY, MARCH 23
In 2001, the EPA Library staff and interns began preparations to move to the new EPA facility.
#22 TUESDAY, MARCH 24
The EPA-RTP complex, where the EPA Library relocated in 2002, boasted many state-of-the-art features, including the longest stretch of solar-powered roadway in America and status as a “green building” that was 40% more energy efficient than buildings of standard design.
#23 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
When its relocation to the new EPA-RTP complex was complete in 2002, the EPA Library had a beautiful, light-filled space in the administrative tower adjacent to the main entrance. The location was strategically chosen to be a gathering place for scientists and staff to meet and exchange ideas.
#24 THURSDAY, MARCH 26
SILS and the EPA renewed their contract once again in 2004. Pictured are EPA interns Laura O’Reilly (NCCU), Jane Webster (SILS), Gary Moore (UNC-G), Michelle Stover, Anthony Holderied, and Corinne Mahoney (all SILS).
#25 FRIDAY, MARCH 27
Betsy Appleton (MSLS 2007), who interned with the NIEHS in 2006-07, says she learned a great deal from the librarians on staff, particularly Ellen Leadem. “I remember her fondly and know she is missed in so many ways,” Appleton said.
#26 SATURDAY, MARCH 28
Laura Westmoreland (MSLS '09) wrote her master’s paper on "The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Libraries Internship Program: Its history and an Analysis of Former Interns' Careers." http://ils.unc.edu/MSpapers/3535.pdf
#27 SUNDAY, MARCH 29
Do you recognize these faces from the 2007 EPA Library Open House? (Elizabeth Jean Gregg, Thea Allen, Ashley Warlick, Susan Worley Forbes, April Errickson, Allison Burns, Beth Siekiera Walker, Diane Cummings, Michael A. Cummings, and. . .?)
More than 350 SILS students have gained valuable experience as EPA Library interns during the past 40 years.
|Neila Joyce Arnold||Niru Achaya|
|Ann Arrowood||Richard Louis Alford, Jr|
|Doris Ledford Baker||Angela Whitener Andrews|
|Benjamin Franklin Barefoot||Carolyn Yancey Armstrong|
|Anne Easley Barnes||Michael Armel Arseneau|
|James Fleming Barns||Pamela Mae Barnard|
|William David Barrows||Elizabeth Anne Behrendt|
|Eileen Bass||Sandra Gasket Benedict|
|Amy Beal Burns||Elizabeth Frances Blevins|
|Coyla Bell Berry||Linda Joann Bodlak-Brown|
|Robert Neal Bland||Dale Wayne Boles|
|Patricia Winslow Boody||Rosemary Ann Burris|
|Donna Borawa||Martin Joseph Cerjan|
|James C. Boyles||Haesoon Y. Cho|
|Katherine Anne Bridges||Elizabeth Ann Clewis|
|Jennifer Cagle Rish||John John Creech|
|Helen Chang||Mark Douglas Crotteau|
|Susan Cheadle Corbett||Kathleen Teresa D'Angelo|
|Linda Chelmow||Mary Keesler Darden|
|Mary Kuhl Chitty||Elaine L. Day|
|Julia McMullan Cleaver||Margaret Meredith Doggett|
|Linda Lee Clement||Lori Irene Drum|
|Barbara Cooke Clements||James Matthew Earl|
|Margaret Lee Cobb||Kathryn Dana Ellis|
|James Wesley Coble||Rachel Enrich|
|Pamela Pfaff Cocks||Ernesto M. Evangelista|
|Daniel Reed Cooley||James Thomas Falconi|
|Hugh McCutchen Cooper||Christine Meek Fisher|
|Kathryn Wilson Creason||Michael Anthony Frye|
|Russ Tobias Davidson||Laura Sue Gaskin|
|Mary Elizabeth DeCoster||Beth Liebman Gibbs|
|Timothy F. Dempsey||Marita Lobo Gonsalves|
|James Kenneth Desper||William Lee Gragg|
|Leslie Pearse Dillon||Lee Van Graves|
|Kelly Dodson||Timothy Lee Gunter|
|Elizabeth Anna Evans||Cynthia Renee Harper|
|Douglas Barry Fennell||Steven Philip Hirsch|
|Vivian Thompson Finkelstein||Tom Holcomb|
|Donna Bunting Flake||Lois A. Ireland|
|Emily Margaret Gerstbacher||Mitta Pharr Isley|
|Betty Jolee Benfield Gollan||October Reyn Ivins|
|Julian Wiley Green||Michelle Lynn Jenkins|
|David Lawrence Gunn||Cynthia Elaine Jones|
|Richard Edward Hinson||Cynthia Douglas Keever|
|Paula Pearce Hinton||Ellen Marie Kesler|
|Donna Polk Hitchings||William Henry King|
|Carolyn Reppond Holley||Connie Lee Koehler-Widney|
|E. Jens Holley||Jennifer Diane Kraar|
|Gerald Vernon Holmes||Borree Po-Yee Kwok|
|Laurie Jean Hunter||Steven Paul Laesch|
|Ann Lancom Ingram||Melissa Marie Lamont|
|David Phillip Jensen||Jeanne Theresa LaRocco|
|Ellen Devereux Joslin||Laurie Taylor Leadbetter|
|Donna Keklock Allen||Ellen Marie Leadem|
|Marshall Theodore Keys||Teresa Garrard Leonard|
|Robert Bruce Kilgore||Caitlin Sue Lietzan|
|Karen Knight Grandage||John Robert Little, Jr|
|Rebecca Stroud Kornegay||Bonnie Lee MacFarlane|
|Patricia Anne Langelier||Paula Lynch Manzella|
|Caroline Lelear Payne||Cathy Lou Martin|
|Ernest Lightbourne||George Frank May|
|Carolyn Wells Long||E. Gail McClenney|
|Caroline Elliott Mann||Anne Louise McFarland|
|Jett Charles McCann||Katherine Fuller McKenzie|
|D. Robert McConnaughey||Sung Been Moon|
|Alberta Sprott McKay||Deborah Gail Morley|
|Anne McKeithen||Kimberley Gail Nelson Fischer|
|Eva Cook Metzger||Sheila Martell Newman|
|Gerald Michael Moore||Lisa Stomberg Nickum|
|Mary Alice Morton||Susan Marie Norrisey|
|Karin Sue Negoro||Michelle Norton|
|Erika Fontana Nissman||Timothy Glenn Owens|
|Joyce Lanier Ogburn||Teresa Cho Pak|
|James Walker Oliver||Anne Douglas Powers|
|Laura Roethe Parrish||Richard Roman Ramponi|
|Kathleen Payne||Marlys Karen Ray|
|Douglas Frank Perry||Derek Alan Rodriguez|
|Mary Jane Petrowski||Joel Steven Rudy|
|Betty Place||Kim Ellen Sanderson|
|Barbara Kelly Post||Elizabeth Cantonwine Schmidt|
|M. Gail Preslar||George Milton Stephens III|
|David Randolph Price||Sophia J. Stone|
|Floyd Whitney Price, Jr||Robert Lee Sumner, Jr|
|Pamela Elizabeth Puryear||Susan LaParo Trask|
|Cynthia Hope Roberts||Elizabeth Laurey Villeponteaux|
|W. Davenport Robertson||Kimberly Ann Warren|
|Virginia Lane Rose||Jane A. Watson|
|Jeanne Clifford Sawyer||Mary Elizabeth Weaver|
|Robert Frederick Schremser||James M. Wendt|
|Melissa Scott Renshaw||Michael Charles West|
|Barbara Potts Semonche||Lois J. Widmer|
|Gale Shaffer Stone||Angela Kay Williams|
|James Timothy Shaw||Jane Daley Witten|
|Shawn Sibley Williams||Paul Xiaobai Zhu|
|John Wilber Simons|
|Barbara Smith Selby|
|Duncan Franklin Smith|
|Steven James Squires|
|Susan McClintock Squires|
|Elizabeth Adams St. Pierre|
|William Edloe Sudduth|
|Michael Young Taylor|
|Rosemary Kost Thorn|
|Ellen Lee Tillett|
|Rebecca Lynn Trexler|
|Susan Elizabeth Tulis|
|John Edward Ulmschneider|
|Edward Mason Waller|
|Donald James Welsh|
|Philip Campbell White|
|Lynn Norine Wiley|
|Nan Virginia Williamson|
|Larry Lyle Wright|
|Patricia Joan Zang|
|Richard Lee Altman||Thea Suzanne Allen|
|Kristina Lynn Dalton Anderson||Elizabeth Ann Appleton|
|Mary Anne Barckhoff||Tamika Barnes|
|Sharron Ault Bortz||Lisa Becksford|
|Renee Ann Bosman||Deann Brame|
|Marlan Edward Brinkley Jr||Vanessa Marchetti Budnick|
|Jennifer E. Calvo||Kimberley L. Bugg|
|Rebecca Chermer Carvajal||Allison Marie Burns|
|Lewis Lynn Caviness Jr||Rebecca Carlson|
|Donald Merle Chalfant II||Rachel Carriere|
|Sambhavi Lakshmi Cheemalapati||Alexander Carroll|
|Christine Valinoti Quillen Cornwall||David Carter|
|Susan Marie Crowell||Diana M. Chike|
|Michael Alan Cummings||Tessa Cierny|
|Audrey Frances Danovitch||Aurora Cobb|
|Audrey Cash DeVoe||Teresa Ann DeVoe|
|Mary Mowry Dinnebeil||Carrie Bertling Disclafani|
|Michael Jason Duez||Walker Howson Doermann|
|Yvonne Fabre Duke||Orolando Duffus|
|Jessica Clarice Eakin||Corinne Mahoney Farrell|
|Brandi Lynn Florence||Catherine Field|
|Mary Elizabeth Gabehart||Hillary Fox|
|Emily Jill Glenn||Laura Westmoreland Gariepy|
|Karen Stanley Grigg||Jessica Crawford Gibson|
|Kathryn Rena Gundlach||Elizabeth Jean Gregg|
|Ann Hallyburton||Shauna Anne Griffin|
|Joanna Johnson Harmes||Michele Pearl Hadburg|
|Ibrahim Al Hasani||Meredith Hale|
|Barrie Elizabeth Hayes||Haley Tivon Hall|
|Joseph Louis Hester, Jr||Lara J. Handler|
|Rachel Dickey Holderied||G. J. Corey Harmon|
|Nieda Holloway||Lauren Perry Havens|
|W. Bruce Henson III||Betsy Herzog|
|Kristen McBride Ioos||Anthony Holderied|
|Megan Anne Von Isenburg||Laurie Jean Hunter|
|Rebecca Anne Jacob||Katherine Mary Jelen|
|Linda Carol Johnson||Amy Johnson|
|Alicia Dorothy Julian||Katherine Kemp|
|Julie Kimbrough||Nathaniel B. King|
|Kimberly Ann Kingsley||Diane Pittman Leblond|
|Donna Marie Knock||David Lemmons|
|Taneya Yvette Koonce||Anne Michelle Less|
|Selden Durgom Lamoureux||Siobhan Loendorf|
|Bridget Regan Leach||Anna Loewenthal|
|Rebacca Margaret Lee||Sara Gault Loree|
|June Carter Lembo||Joshua Love|
|Irene Machowa Lubker||Stacey Mantooth|
|Tim Wayne Maas||Ebony McDonald|
|Emily Parker Mandelbaum||Megan Meyers|
|Diana Maria Marshall||Will Midgely|
|Deanna Marshall||Jillian Robinson Morris|
|Linda Anne McCormick||Jonathan Morris|
|Jennifer Richards McGowan||Laura V. O'Reilly|
|Jennifer Broadbent Milligan||Rebecca Ann Pappert|
|Youngjoo Moon||Alexandra Patterson|
|Gary Shoun Moore||Lisbeth Wells Pratt|
|Teresa Alexander Abdum Muhaymin||Rachael Thomson Prouse|
|Janet Elizabeth Murphy||Allison Rainey|
|Anna Kemp Norris||Emily Lanning Reaser|
|Beth Koose Olmstead||Jason Reed|
|Kent McCarthy Parks||Katherine Roth|
|Rebecca Pernell||Stephen C. Sherman|
|Gretchen Terhaar Pyle||Beth Ann Siekiera|
|Jane Potter Quigley||Jason Keith Sokoloff|
|Jennie Marie Radovsky||Christie L. Starnes|
|Jennifer Stowe Raghavan||Sarah Walton Stokes|
|Aaron Chace Redalen||Amy J. Thompson|
|Adina Lack Riggins||Brendan Thompson|
|Michelle Martin Robertson||Monica Twork|
|Nathan David Martin Robertson||Jillian Hannah Vogel|
|Paula Kay Robinson||Shannon Walker|
|Neva Kelly Robinson||William Shane Wallace|
|JoAnne Rocker||Ashley Martin Warlick|
|Lisa Faye Rockwell||Mari Warren|
|Emily Caroline Sadar||Jane Louise Webster|
|Patricia Eva Schefcick||Angela J. Wilder|
|Krista Dawn Schmidt||Robbin Zirkle|
|Donald Wilton Sechler|
|Annelise Ynez Sklar|
|Eleanor M. Smith|
|Michelle Alicia Stover|
|Cynthia Lynn Sturdivant|
|Coleen Jo Sullivan|
|Angela Michele Tauraso|
|Endrina Hui Sim Tay|
|Katherine Lawson Vaughan|
|Shauna Stephenson Wiest|
|Kathleen Pathe Wikoff|
|Megan Alicia Winget|
#29 TUESDAY, MARCH 31
University Librarian and Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries (John Ulmschneider, MSLS ‘81) Creator and Founder of NoveList (Duncan Smith, MSLS '80), and Associate Director at the Association of College and Research Libraries (Mary Jane Petrowski, MSLS ’78) . . . all former EPA Library interns. Some other notable positions held by former EPA Library interns include Dean of Libraries and Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor at Appalachian State University (Joyce L. Ogburn, MSLS ‘82), Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator for University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Gerald Holmes, MSLS '85), and Assistant Director in the Division of Reserve Bank Operations and Payment Systems (RBOPS) at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Timothy W. Maas, MSIS ’95).
During alumnus David Jensen’s tenure at the EPA Library, a commonly requested document was the "Compilation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors.” He remembers once receiving a letter from a law firm requesting a copy of the "Copulation of Air Pollutant Emission Factors."
#31 THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Current EPA Library interns rotate through several departments, such as reference, interlibrary loan, literature searching, serials, and cataloging. Interns can gain teaching experience if interested, and all interns work on special projects.
#32 FRIDAY, APRIL 3
In RTP, at the EPA’s largest research facility, investigators focus on air pollution and its effects on human health and the ecosystem. The EPA Library’s collections and services provide interns with exposure to and experience with a wide range of materials, including biomedical, toxicological, and chemical information, engineering literature, government documents, and basic business and computer information.
#33 SATURDAY, APRIL 4
The EPA Library in RTP is one of only three EPA repository libraries nationwide, and the only EPA library staffed by contract-based university employees
#34 SUNDAY, APRIL 5
The EPA Library in RTP is home to an extensive collection of information with a particular focus on air pollution with emphases on chemical toxicity, chemistry, meteorology, geophysics and related sciences.
#35 MONDAY, APRIL 6
The SILS and EPA Library celebration is less than a week away. If you are planning to attend and have not yet RSVP'd, please do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today. Thanks!
#36 TUESDAY, APRIL 7
The EPA-RTP Library receives more than 10,000 Interlibrary Loan requests and 2,000 reference inquires each year.
#37 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Today, the EPA-RTP Library hosts more than 1,000 journal titles, over 6,000 books, 150,000 microfiche documents, and paper copies of more than 13,000 EPA, trade association, international agency and other Federal agency documents.
#38 THURSDAY, APRIL 9
In December 2014, SILS was awarded the largest contract in the school’s history to operate the EPA-RTP Library and manage the library’s subscriptions for the next five years.
#39 FRIDAY, APRIL 10
The reunion celebration is tomorrow! Directions to the Carolina Club and parking information can be found at http://www.clubcorp.com/…/Caroli…/Our-Story/Directions-Hours
#40 SATURDAY, APRIL 11
About 70 current and former interns and staff members of the EPA-RTP Library and SILS faculty and administrators gathered at the Carolina Club to celebrate. Click through photos from the event at https://www.flickr.com/phot…/uncsils/sets/72157651950158762/.
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