Military Libraries Division - Open Community

Large Federal Library of the Year and Federal Library Technician of the Year

  • 1.  Large Federal Library of the Year and Federal Library Technician of the Year

    Posted 06-29-2020 17:10
    Large Library/Information Center (with a staff of 11 or more federal and/or contract employees): D'Azzo Research Library (DRL), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is recognized for increasing information access and outreach to students and faculty of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), engineers and scientists of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the global research community. In fiscal year 2019, the library launched its institutional repository, AFIT Scholar, a single, central, searchable database and delivered 36,850 thesis and dissertation downloads to 2,486 institutions in 166 countries. Working with AFRL and base contracting, the organizations collaborated to purchase more than 23 databases and journal collections, saving more than $382,000. On-site, a staff of 13 responded to 5,612 reference requests and taught 36 academic research classes to 532 participants while completing a library space reconfiguration that increased visits by 8 percent.

    2019 Federal Library Technician of the Year

    Gabriele Davis, library technician, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland Pfalz Libraries, Kaiserslautern, Germany, is recognized for her strategic knowledge management, technical expertise and dedicated customer service. In fiscal year 2019, Davis was solely responsible for cataloging and retrospective cataloging of the library collection of the Parent & Professional Educational Resource Center collection for 10 child & youth services facilities and expanded early literacy and makerspace programming at the garrison's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Libraries. She also supported interlibrary loan services to 16 other European Army libraries and Air Force post libraries. Unofficially known throughout MWR libraries in Europe as "the fastest cataloger in the West," Davis cataloged or modified up to 1,300 records a month while providing direct circulation desk coverage at two libraries and supporting library programming for more than 1,000 programs.

    Pat Alderman

    Retired Military Librarian