EPA National Library Network Newsroom

Strategic Planning Update – June 2014

In order to build upon the foundation laid by the EPA National Library Network Strategic Plan (FY 2012-FY 2014) published in June 2011, EPA has initiated the development of a follow-on strategic plan for the Library Network.  This plan will expand upon the work begun in the initial plan and provide guidance for Network activities for the next three years, FY2015-2017.  The new strategic plan is currently being developed by a collaborative workgroup of librarians and library managers from across the Network. 

Conference Outreach – April 2014

The EPA National Library Network will attend or exhibit at the following conferences in 2014:

Conference outreach provides the opportunity to meet library community stakeholders in person and offer updates on EPA library activities. The Library Network will share progress on the Strategic Plan and continued support for the EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. Representatives from the EPA National Library Network will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate EPA library services for the public and for other libraries.

Library Network Annual Meeting - March 2014

The EPA National Library Network’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Training Sessions were held March 25-27, 2014 in Research Triangle Park, NC.  Librarians and managers from across the Network gathered both virtually and in person to discuss topics such as best practices, FY2013 statistics and accomplishments, Network projects, collection management, and strategic planning.  Several guest speakers were on hand to give presentations to the attendees about disaster planning, writing text for websites, open access publishing, and a variety of library related databases. 

Library Moves – January 2013

On October 15th the Region 7 Library moved to its new location in Lenexa, Kansas.   The library’s new address is :
EPA Region 7 Library
11201 Renner Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66219
All phone numbers and email addresses will stay the same.

Two other EPA libraries, the Region 9 Environmental Information Center/Library in San Francisco and the Region 10 Library in Seattle, are also planning moves to newly renovated spaces in 2013.

Conference Outreach – January 2013

The EPA National Library Network will present or exhibit at the following conferences in 2013:

Conference outreach provides the opportunity to meet library community stakeholders in person and offer updates on EPA library activities. The Library Network will share progress on the Strategic Plan and continued support for the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.  Representatives from the EPA National Library Network will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate EPA library services for the public and for other libraries.

Conference Session Outreach - February 2012

Yearly conference outreach provides an opportunity to meet library community stakeholders in person and offer updates on EPA programs. The Library Network plans to discuss its strategic roadmap and support for the agency's mission to protect human health and the environment. Network representatives will also highlight environmental information that is freely accessible through library channels.

Library Network Leaders Recognized - November 2011

Five EPA Federal Library Managers were recently recognized by local organizations for their outstanding achievements. The range of awards speaks to managerial excellence across the Library Network and include:

Diane McCreary, Region 3 (Philadelphia, PA), received the 2011 Regional Administrator's Award for Excellence. It recognizes behind-the-scenes work that does not always receive the recognition it deserves. As the Federal Library Manager for Region 3, Ms. McCreary was commended for adding innovative resources such as e-readers to the library, for supporting the construction of a new library conference room for meetings and instructor-led training and for contributing to national-level planning for the Library Network.

Heather Wright, Office of Administration and Resources Management (Cincinnati, OH), received the 2011 Federal Service Excellence Award in the Senior Program Support / Technical Award Category from the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board. As the Federal Library Manager for the Andrew W. Breidenbach Environmental Research Center (AWBERC) Library, Ms. Wright was recognized for outstanding performance in managing unique and visible projects, resulting in superior reference materials and resources for EPA library patrons and the general public.

Jeannie Turner, Office of Administration and Resources Management (Cincinnati, OH), received the 2011 Federal Service Excellence Award in the Technical Support / Information Technology Award Category from the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board. As the manager of EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP), which includes the digital repository of EPA publications, Ms. Turner was recognized for creative leadership in providing increased access to the Agency's environmental publications through innovative technological solutions.

April Errickson, Office of Administration and Resources Management (Research Triangle Park, NC) and Deborah Balsamo, Office of Environmental Information (Research Triangle Park, NC), received the 2011 Chief Information Officer's Award for Innovation. Both provided leadership and support in the launch of the webinar-based National Training Program for the Library Network, which brings locally developed library classes to EPA staff across the agency.

EPA Publishes Strategic Plan for Libraries – June 2011

To foster transparency about the future direction of its libraries, EPA has released a strategic plan with implementation goals and a three year timeline (Fiscal Years 2012-2014). The published plan follows nine months of collaborative writing and review by the EPA National Library Network and its internal stakeholders. EPA's advisory board from the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) and Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) also reviewed the plan and supported its publication.

The EPA National Library Network Strategic Plan responds to well-documented user needs and seeks to strengthen EPA's network of libraries to ensure continued convenient and effective access to environmental information. It includes implementation goals in four key areas:

  • Network governance
  • Library services
  • Electronic and physical collections
  • Communications, outreach and training

View the full plan and executive summary.