The Catholic University of America

May 12, 2008

CUA Offers Intensive Study of Federal Libraries and Careers

Catholic University will offer its 30th Institute on Federal Library Resources May 12 to 17, providing hands-on opportunities for students to examine the workings of the vast collections and the cataloging and networking of the federal library programs.

Under the auspices of the institute, professionals working in federal libraries will present lectures and information clinics, and provide on-site tours of libraries around Washington, D.C., including the Senate Library, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Library of
Congress and the National Library of Medicine.

A luncheon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Kurt Cylke, founder and former director of the institute, will be held on May 15 at the Supreme Court building to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the institute.

Sponsored by the CUA School of Library and Information Science, this unique institute is open to practicing librarians and graduate students in library science. It is also open to students who are not seeking academic credit.

This year's program builds on the legacy of the institute, which was founded in 1974 and directed until 1999 by Kurt Cylke, director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The institute was developed in cooperation with the Federal Library and Information Center Committee, which is dedicated to fostering excellence in federal library and information services through interagency cooperation.

"This course delivers skills, principles and best practices in the world of federal library resources and librarianship with a strong emphasis on interactive panel discussions, on-site visits and practical exercises," says Patricia Evans, the institute's academic director and a research/technology librarian for the Library of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Institute participants will examine and use federal library resources and data clearinghouses and learn how various federal libraries are meeting the challenges of preservation and electronic records management, emerging technologies, and mission support (marketing, outsourcing). Through the institute, students also will have opportunities to explore career paths for federal librarians and information professionals.

For additional information, contact Vaishali Jahagirdar, institute coordinator, at 202-319-5085 or by e-mail at

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