Federal Librarian Spring 2009

Fabulous Feds

By Cynthia Shipley

Kathryn Davis, Systems Librarian at the George C. Marshall Center Research Library retired from federal service on 3 Feb 2009. Most of her federal career was in Army libraries. Starting as a library intern in Korea, she worked at the Ft. Richardson Post Library, Ft. Stewart Post Library, Ft. Wainwright Post Library, the U.S. Army Military History Institute and the U.S. Army War College Library prior to mov-ing to her last assignment in Garmisch, Germany. Ms. Davis retired with almost 32 years of service and retired to the state of Maine with her husband, Rick.

Judy Bullwinkle retired from the Little Rock Corps of Engineer District Library on 31 December 2008.

Al Butcher retired from the Fort Sam Houston Library on 7 January 2009.

Doria Grimes, former FLRT President from 1988 -1989, will retire on 11 April 2009. Currently at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mrs. Grimes also worked at the National Technical Information Service and at the Library of Congress during her thirty years of federal service.

Michelle Krewson formerly Reference Librarian at the Patrick Henry Village Library in Heidelberg, Germany is now the Supervisory Librarian at Vicenza Library in Italy.

Trent Reynolds, formerly Library Director, Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC began as Library Director, Sayers Library, Ft. Benning, GA on 19 March 2009.

Robin Cross-Walker, Library Director, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, CA passed away suddenly on 21 January 2009.

Jill Golden, who currently works at the Research Library, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (and who was recently awarded Federal Library Technician of the Year, 2007) has completed a Master of Science, Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Jill achieved the distinction of a 3.943 cumulative grade point average. One of her more unique projects included a manuscripts internship at the National Library of the Czech Republic where she added metadata records for 175 Russian rare manuscripts. She also demonstrated outstanding initiative by preparing a project plan to redesign the Library’s intranet portal. The 40 page plan included a study of the site’s user population, timelines for rollout, pilot testing recommendations and clearly defined strategies for marketing and assessment. The new webpage configuration has improved access and made it easier for users to find information. Her contributions were recognized locally and she was nominated Employee of the Year (Junior category) at the Marshall Center.

R. James King, formerly Digital Library Innovations Librarian, Naval Research Laboratory, Ruth H. Hooker Research Library accepted a new position at the National Institutes of Health Library.

Holly May, Library Director, Moody AF Base Library, Valdosta, GA has announced the opening of their new library. The new library is located in the Learning Resource Center and now features a story time and special events room, a quiet room, a teen’s corner, study cubicles and a group study room. The renovations included all new shelving and furniture.

Robert L. Hadden, of the Geospatial Information Library (GIL), US Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, VA has had two recent articles published. Both deal with geological and terrain maps, books and reports stolen from university, special and personal libraries by the Nazis during 2009World War II. Used in several invasion plans in France and Eastern Europe, they were then hidden in a salt mine by slave labor when Berlin was fire-bombed by the Allies in 1944.

Just before the end of the war, the maps were discovered by Patton’s Third US Army in the mining town of Heringen, on the Werra River in central Germany.

The first article discusses how the major-ity of these maps were finally added to the US Geological Survey Library, where they are used today by geologists, civil engineers and mining companies. See: Robert Lee Hadden. 2008. “The Heringen Collection of the US Geological Survey Library of Reston, Virginia.” Earth Sciences History, Volume 27, Number 2. Pages 242-265. ISSN: 0736-623X.

The second article discusses how dupli-cate copies of these maps were distributed after the war by the Army Map Service to libraries all across the United States, and especially to the university librar-ies in the western states. See: Hadden, Robert Lee. “The Heringen Collection.” Information Bulletin. Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML). Volume 40 (1), November 2008. ISSN: 0049-7282. Pages 15-24.

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