SILS Awarded $25 Million to Operate EPA Library

The School of Information and Library Science has been awarded its largest contract ever to operate the Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park Library over the next five years. The new award, of $25.3 million, significantly expands the scope of work to manage agencywide subscriptions to journals and other information products.

SILS is one of the pre-eminent information schools in the nation with internationally recognized leadership in digital libraries, data curation and health information services. SILS has operated the EPA-RTP Library since 1975, and more than 300 graduate students have served as interns in the program. Upon completing their master’s studies, those interns have gone on to become leaders in libraries and the information industry.

“This contract represents a highly effective and efficient partnership between a public university and a government research organization,” SILS Dean Gary Marchionini said. “SILS attracts experienced librarians to manage the library operations, and the EPA library internships attract outstanding students [to UNC].”

The EPA-RTP Library serves EPA staff and contractors in Research Triangle Park, providing access to information that supports the research mission and policy decisions of the EPA. The library is home to an extensive collection of information with a particular focus on air pollution with emphases on chemical toxicity, chemistry, meteorology, geophysics and related sciences. The library hosts more than 1,000 journal titles, more than 6,000 books, 150,000 microfiche documents, and paper copies of more than 13,000 EPA, trade association, international agency and other federal agency documents. The library serves more than 2,000 EPA employees.

The EPA National Library Network is composed of libraries and repositories located in the agency’s offices, research centers and specialized laboratories, as well as Web-based access to electronic collections.

The EPA-RTP Library is one of three EPA repository libraries nationwide.

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