Posted on November 9, 2010.
RMSLA will be running an occasional feature, its RMSLA NETWORK: Spotlight On! as a way of helping our geographically challenged chapter members get to know each other and the incredibly varied work we do better. Carol Ayer of the National Forest Service bravely stepped up to the challenge and was willing to be the first off the diving board. Thank you, Carol!
Curious about the National Forest Service Library?
What do forest fires, economics, archeology, and skiing have in common? They are all topics that we research at the National Forest Service Library (NFSL). NFSL is headquartered in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado with branch libraries in Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.
Our mission is to provide scientific and technical information services to the 30,000 employees of the U.S. Forest Service. Our staff consists of 10 professionals, and approximately 25 other full and part-time positions (library technicians, students, contractors, etc.). About 20 of the positions are in Fort Collins.
Our services include licenses to electronic resources ranging from Web of Science to the Foundation Directory, document delivery/ILL, reference and literature searching, a current awareness service (the Monthly Alert), and various web services. We are a very busy library that is heavily used by our customers and we enjoy strong support from Agency leadership.
Our web site is on our agency intranet so it’s not publicly available. However, you can access our OPAC at http://fsinfo.fs.fed.us/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon.
Carol Ayer, Program Manager, NFSL
now, no RMSLA profile would be complete without knowing more about the info pro as an individual. So we asked Carol to step up to the microphone and tell us just a little bit about herself, too.
I’ve worked for the FS since 1972—started out doing forest fire dispatching. I’m a Univ. of Washington Library School alumnus (M.Libr.-1977) and I’ve been managing FS libraries for over 30 years! I also worked at Oregon State Univ. Library and Multnomah County Public Library. Before Colorado, I worked for the FS in Utah; Washington, D.C.; Alaska; and Oregon. I have 2 Arabian/Pinto horses—“Kaycee” and “Khlassy”. Kaycee is retired and I’m training Khlassy in dressage—I hope to be competing with her next season. I love to travel. My most fascinating trip? Morocco.
I’m sold, Carol is definitely a candidate for One Very Way Cool Librarian with a good handle on work/life balance. And how many of your colleagues realize the Forest Service supports this level of research? Thank you, Carol!
So who’s going to be next up? This is an easy way to reach out and extend your professional network. Send your profile to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you on the blog.