PTO tech center receives library awards

PTO tech center receives library awards

Patent and Trademark Office information centers recently won two awards from the Federal Library and Information Center Committee, and two Defense Department employees shared the award for top librarian.

The committee named the PTO's Scientific and Technical Information Center the 2000 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year for, among other things, 'increasing examiner knowledge of, and access to, electronic and print resources.'

The center succeeded in determining mandatory search sources and alternative resources, creating desktop tools, and developing training on searching databases and the Internet, the committee said.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Library and the Agency for International Development Library received honorable mention.

In another category, Darcy Bates, library technician for PTO's Electronic Information Center, was named 2000 Federal Library Technician of the Year for his service to the center's customers.

Carlynn J. Thompson, director of research development and acquisition information support for the Defense Technical Information Center, shared the 2000 Federal Librarian of the Year award with Sherrie M. Floyd, chief of the Army Library Program in Vicenza, Italy.

Thompson was recognized for her expertise in both technical and policy issues in areas such as Web development, privacy, information security, network management and operations.

FLICC, based at the Library of Congress, promotes interagency cooperation in federal library services and provides guidance through the Federal Library and Information Network.

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