The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library in Research Triangle Park (RTP) has been recognized as the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) Small Library/Information Center of the Year for 2017. FEDLINK announced the EPA Library’s win, along with other recipients of its national awards for federal librarianship, at its Spring Exposition on May 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
The awards recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians, and library technicians fulfill the information demands of the government, business, and scholarly communities and the American public. The names of the winners will remain on permanent display in the FEDLINK offices at the Library of Congress. Federal libraries and staff throughout the U.S. and abroad competed for the awards.
The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has been contracted to operate the EPA-RTP Library for over 40 years. It is one of 25 libraries in the EPA National Library Network, and the only one staffed by university employees. In addition to five full-time staff members, the SILS and the EPA-RTP Library partnership provides six to eight internships for SILS master’s students each year.
FEDLINK recognized the EPA-RTP Library for its outstanding service in meeting the needs of the 2,000 EPA staff and contractors at the RTP campus. The library maintained an overall customer-service rating of 98.8 percent. Its new service, research-impact reports, are designed to highlight the impact of EPA research and expand on traditional bibliometric methods, organizational information, and visualizations in a portfolio-style product. The library also provided customized, on-demand library training for teams and divisions on-site and online and produced short, task-based instructional videos as part of its desktop video series.
“We are thrilled to see the EPA-RTP Library staff recognized nationally for their exceptional service and innovative ideas,” said SILS Dean Gary Marchionini. “Director Susan Forbes and her staff, including the 2017 interns from SILS, have plenty to be proud of. The unique partnership between the EPA-RTP Library and SILS has been beneficial to both institutions for many years, and we look forward to what the future holds.”