The Catholic University of America

June 11, 2009

Catholic University Institute to Explore Federal Library Programs

CUA's School of Library and Information Science will offer its 31st Institute on Federal Library Resources June 22 to 27, providing an opportunity for the school's graduate students to examine the broad information assets and best practices of federal library programs.

Federal library experts will brief students and conduct on-site tours of libraries and information centers in the Washington, D.C., area. Site visits will feature the Library of Congress, the United States Senate Library, the Patent and Trademark Office, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Library of Medicine.

The U.S. Department of Justice, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Reserve and the Smithsonian Institution's American History Library will join the tour schedule this year.

On Thursday, June 25, American Library Association President-Elect Roberta Stevens will share career wisdom with luncheon attendees at CUA's Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Stevens is also the outreach projects and partnerships officer in the Development Office of the Library of Congress. This annual luncheon is held in honor of the institute presenters and is an opportunity for students to network with experienced information professionals.

In an on-campus afternoon session that day, leaders from the Defense Technical Information Center, the National Technical Information Service and the National Transportation Library will emphasize their organizations' vast clearinghouses of information.

Throughout the week, the institute's academic director Diane Schnurrpusch of the Defense Technical Information Center and co-director Michele Masias of the Department of Justice will lead participants through a variety of topics including the incorporation of emerging technologies in federal library and information center processes, and the practices of marketing and outsourcing in providing mission support to the parent agency or organization.

The week will conclude with an overview of federal library career opportunities, with tips on the hiring process by a panel of federal library experts.

For additional information, contact Preethi Shriram, institute coordinator, by e-mail at SLIS-FEDERAL_INST@CUA.EDU.

MEDIA: To cover the event, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.