In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the local Tennessee Valley Chapter (TVC) of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), International SLA President Deborah Hunt recently visited Tennessee. SLA is the global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners, which has the mission of promoting and strengthening its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. September 13th Ms. Hunt made several stops at local information institutions, touring facilities and visiting with staff about issues facing libraries, information and knowledge managers.
In Oak Ridge, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Ms. Hunt learned about the history of DOE and its predecessor agencies dating back to the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission. From the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Ms. Hunt was able to see first-hand how the results of research and development sponsored by DOE are collected, preserved and disseminated to the public by OSTI. While touring the OSTI facility Ms. Hunt viewed research papers by such prolific scientists as Ernest O. Lawrence and Enrico Fermi.
At the close of her visit, Ms. Hunt thanked OSTI for their work and continued support of information professionals. She had a challenge for those information professionals at OSTI and for information professionals in general: to be proactive in their careers, to continue learning and exploring different aspects of their profession, and to be involved-whether that be on local, state or national levels.
Author Erin Anderson, works for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, and is also a Past President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of SLA.