Federal Librarian Winter 2009

Fabulous Feds

By Cynthia Shipley

After over a year of construction, the ground floor of the Nimitz Library was opened to midshipmen with a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 22. The $13.7 million renovation began in June of 2007, and was completed August 1 under budget and on time. This project resulted from the Regional Studies/Critical Languages effort to expand and renovate parts of Nimitz. Beginning on 1 June 2007, the construction contract increased the number of faculty offices and classrooms on the perimeter of the building on the ground floor, and renovated existing spaces in the Library in order to relocate some activities and services and create seminar-sized rooms for classes.

During the ceremony, Multimedia Support Center (MSC) Director, Larry Clemens and Nimitz Library Associate Director, Patti Patterson were both honored with the Civilian Meritorious Award for their work on the project. Mr. Clemens has worked for USNA for 19 years and is also head of the collection department for Nimitz Library.  Ms. Patterson has worked for Nimitz Library for 24 years and it also the building’s 1st Lieutenant.

Mr. Kevin Jones, Library Director at Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois, will retire on this 56th birthday, March 2009. He states that it was a great ride with tours of duty in Italy, Japan, Korea, California, New York and Georgia with the longest stint being at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

Jane Crabill, Senior Librarian at Marquat Memorial Library, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, NC, participated in a focus group on public library services for baby boomers and senior citizens. The focus group facilitator was Dr. Joanne Gard Marshall, former Dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and currently a Senior Research Scientist at the UNC Institute on Aging. The purpose of the focus group was to assist Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center improve services to an aging population.

Angelique Simmons has accepted a position as the Programming Librarian at the Turnbull Memorial Library on the Hohenfels Combat Maneuver Training Center [CMTC] in Hohenfels, Germany. She will begin her appointment on February 2, 2009. She currently works for the Montgomery County Public Librarian, Maryland. We welcome her to Federal librarianship!

Congratulations to Bob Mohrman on his retirement! Bob is retiring at the end of October after 30 years of service in federal libraries. Bob spent the first 19 years or so in 5 VA hospital libraries and the last 11 years at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Bob has provided outstanding support not only to the AMEDD but to the AMEDD MEDLI-NET staffs and the Army Library Program as well. In particular, his participation as a Partner in the Digital Library Research Service (DDLRS) and answering medical questions sent to the Ask A Librarian service on AKO from Iraq and Afghanistan was much appreciated. Bob was an excellent librarian who went the extra mile to provide outstanding library service. He will be missed!

It is with regret that we pass on the news that Grace Feng, former Redstone Scientific Information Center (RSIC) Reference Librarian until December 2005, had a mas-sive stroke and passed away on Thursday, 16 Oct 2008. Before joining RSIC, Grace was the manager of the USAVSCOM Library in St. Louis and worked at the Corps of Engineers - Memphis Library.

Susanna Joyner, Library Director, Woodworth Consolidated Library, Ft. Gordon was honored with the Armed Forces Recreation Society “Special Citation Award” 2008 at a ceremony in Baltimore, MD in October 2008. This award is for civilian or military individuals who are not necessarily recreation professionals or members of AFRS/NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association). These individuals represent significant contribu-tions to the field of armed forces recreation in the areas of leadership, public relations, pioneering or research.

From the citation: “Ms. Joyner is a natural innovator, leader, and team builder. She is dedicated to providing high quality services. She excels in project management, problem solving, programming, and positive interactions. Susie strives to blend the best of Recreation and Education to build fun and engaging learning and leisure 2009opportunities for all patrons. Her efforts have ensured Woodworth Consolidated Library’s rejuvenation for the direct benefit of the Soldiers and Families we serve. She makes a compelling and positive impact every day.”

Robert L. Hadden
, of the Geospatial Information Library (GIL), US Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, VA had published: “The Heringen Collection of the US Geological Survey Library, Reston, Virginia.” Earth Sciences History (http://www.historyearthscience.org/). Volume 27 (2), November 2008, pages 242-265. Abstract: “One special collection of German, Polish and Russian language books, maps and reports in the US Geological Survey Library has an interesting and unusual history. The “Heringen Collection” came from Nazi Germany. In the last days of the war, these maps, photos and other records were sent from the Military Geology offices in Berlin to the safety of a deep potash mineshaft in Heringen (Werra), in Hessen, Germany. A special group of US Army soldiers were ordered to find these lost records of the Third Reich.When found and removed from the Heringen mine, those records which dealt with the earth sciences, terrain analysis, military geology and other geological mat-ters were sent to the USGS, and eventually came to reside at the USGS Library. The printed papers and books were mostly incorporated into the main collection, but a significant portion of the materials were never cataloged, calendared or indexed. This paper describes the history of the USGS Library’s “Heringen Collection,” and some overview of the scope of the materials.”A .pdf copy of the article is avail-able free from the author on request at Robert.L.Hadden@usace.army.mil

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