DOE Library Managers Meet, Talk
By Lesley Wolf
You could talk all you wanted as loud as you wanted as long as you
wanted in DOE libraries everywhere last week without being shushed.
Really. The DOE Laboratory Library Managers were away from their posts
attending the Library Operations Working Group (LOWG) Conference
sponsored by SLAC.
LOWG attendees shown left to
right. Front row: Annanaomi Sams (PNNL), Mary Petersen (BNL),
Jose Olivares (LBNL), Jeanne Perrone (DOE); Center row: Ann
Redfield (TIS), Patricia Kreitz (TIS), Judy Gilmore (OSTI),
Susan Tackett (OSTI), Shannon Savage (ANL), Mary Donahue (NREL),
Elois Morgan (JLAB); Back row: Bob Conrad (ORNL), Yvette Woell (ANL),
Jackie Stack (LANL), Karen Spence (OSTI), Rob Atkinson (FNAL),
David Klepich (INEEL). (Photo by Diana Rogers)
No one could shush the librarians either. There was a whole lot of
discussion going on about the rising cost of journals, electronic access
to publications and meeting evolving customer requests for information
LOWG is a vehicle for giving site reports, but more importantly it is a
friendly, supportive gathering where librarians can share ideas,
problems and solutions, debate the proís and conís of paper versus
digital and brainstorm ways to satisfy increasing demands for print and
electronic materials on shrinking budgets.
Everyone was pretty much talked out by Wednesday evening so they kicked
off their sensible shoes, pulled on shorts and sweatshirts, and headed
down to Bair Island in Redwood City for rowing lessons from our SPIRES
database guy Mike Sullivan (TIS). Then it was off to Shiok! for a taste
of the multiethnic cuisine of Singapore.