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The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, has announced that Gary Marchionini is the recipient of the 2000 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. The award is sponsored by OCLC and LITA.

According to the announcement, the aim of the award is to bring attention to "real-world" research relevant to the development of information technologies. The recognized work should show promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data are manipulated and managed.

Marchionini is Cary C. Boshamer professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Previously he was the director of the Center for Automation Research, Digital Library Research Group at the University of Maryland.

He received his Ph.D. in curriculum development and mathematics education from Wayne State University.

The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) of the Library of Congress has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship.

The 1999 Federal Library/Information Center of the Year award has been given to two recipients. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Library was recognized for its initiative and vision in providing rapid and efficient access to scientific and managerial information and for being the focal point for the transfer of environmental information for the nation. In 1999 the NOAA Central Library organized over 500 NOAA Web sites under one locator and created a unique digital image library of meteorological images from the 1800s to the 1950s. The Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Library was recognized for its singular vision linked to sound business processes that have led to unprecedented levels of customer service, technological innovation, and leadership in the community. In one example, the research library joined forces with other organizations at the laboratory to develop a browsable interface for categorizing its science and technology Web resources to create the foundation for a laboratorywide Internet portal.

The 1999 Federal Librarian of the Year award was given to Marion Jerri Knihnicki, library director of the U.S. Army Transportation School. She was recognized for her extraordinary professional and personal competencies demonstrated in planning, implementing, and executing a leading-edge virtual library at the U.S. Army Transportation School. She managed a team of personnel that developed online courses, learning modules, and an online library catalog that has become the basis for the Deployment Information Support System for soldiers during military crises. Knihnicki recently accepted a promotion to the Army Library at the Pentagon.

The 1999 Federal Library Technician of the Year award was given to Rosette M. Risell, library technician for the Ruth H. Hooker Research Library at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Risell was recognized for routinely performing beyond the call of duty to maximize her contributions to the mission of the NRL. Her contributions have significantly enhanced the library's ability to manage its entire procurement process. In 1999 she also assumed the duties of the vacant library management assistant position and participated in two special projects: preparing an online catalog database for authority control processing and identifying and removing duplicate entries to ensure library users an accurate and concise database of library holdings.

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