EPA Library and SILS welcomes Jessica Yankowski

January 25, 2013

Jessica YankowskiJessica Yankowski was welcomed by staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library and the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) as interLibrary library loan assistant on January 7, 2013.  

In her position, Yankowski is responsible for the receipt of requests from EPA staff, the processing of electronic articles received from other libraries, the handling and distribution of mail being delivered by the library, the placing and fulfilling of interlibrary loan requests using OCLC FirstSearch and other resources and providing training as needed to graduate student library interns. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining library and patron records in databases, scanning articles into electronic formats and delivering overdue notices via e-mail.

Yankowski comes to the EPA Library and the UNC at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) from the University of Maryland Special Collections Library where she provided reference services to patrons and worked on preserving and processing materials - including rare books. Prior to her work in Maryland, Yankowski completed an internship at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in May 2007 from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and she received her Master of Library Science degree in May 2012 from the University of Maryland. 

The EPA Library in Research Triangle Park (EPA-RTP) is one of 28 libraries in the EPA National Library Network and is the only EPA library staffed under contract by university employees. The EPA-RTP Library supports the research needs of approximately 2,000 scientists working in the five laboratories that make up the EPA-RTP campus. The library's collection is broad and reflects the varied needs of the range of patrons that comprise the library's client base. Major areas of collection development include: biomedical and toxicological information; physics, chemistry, and engineering resources; legislative and regulatory publications; and limited business, management and computer resources. The collection includes subscriptions to more than 8,000 journals, over 5,000 books; paper copies of over 15,000 documents, including the "450" and "600" series of EPA publications; microfiche copies of 150,000 EPA documents; and the historic APTIC file of over 85,000 items related to air pollution.