** Transportation Update:
There's a free NIST shuttle to and from Shady Grove Metro station. Also, ALA@UMD board member Theresa Polk has room in her car to take a few passengers from College Park. Contact Theresa [log in to unmask]
If you drive, there is free parking at the NIST.
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* Did you know? The NIST Library was recently featured on Wired and on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show. Don't miss this! *
ALA@UMD along with SAM and the SLA Student Group are excited to offer
this special opportunity to tour the award-winning library, museum and archives on the closed-to-the-public campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Join ALA@UMD, SAM and SLA on Friday, February 22 from 2 to 4 PM for this exciting tour of a very special federal library.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is involved in an
amazing array of projects ranging from studying why the twin towers
collapsed on 9/11 (http://www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/wtc/) to how to protect the US from cyber assaults (http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/nccoe-022112.cfm). Through their TREC testing program, they have had a huge influence on advancements in information retrieval systems (http://trec.nist.gov/). They keep the atomic clock that is the official time of the United States (http://www.nist.gov/pml/general/time/index.cfm) and they do much, much more.
- Learn about the history of the NIST and tour the museum and archives
- Tour the NIST Research Library, which houses over 200,000 volumes http://www.nist.gov/nvl/about_iso.cfm
- Learn about library operations, programs and services unique to the NIST Information Services Office
- Plenty of time for Q&A
The NIST Information Services Office creates and maintains the knowledge
base and provides research assistance in support of the scientific and
technical mission of the NIST. From the NIST website, "Founded in 1901
and now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST is
one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress
established the agency to remove a major handicap to U.S. industrial
competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure
that lagged behind the capabilities of England, Germany, and other
economic rivals. Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of
technologies—nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on
the end of a single human hair—to the largest and most complex of
human-made creations, from earthquake-resistant skyscrapers to wide-body
jetliners to global communication networks."
Here is an article on Wired (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/unidentified-scientific-tools/) and an interview with NPR's Kojo Nnamdi (http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2011-08-11/evolution-precision-measurement-nists-archive). Read more about their efforts to digitize the NIST museum artifacts
See the attached flier for details! Don't miss it! RSVP to [log in to unmask].
ALA@UMD events and tours are open to everyone... you do not need to be a member to participate.
We are planning lots more tours and events for this semester. There will be a ProQuest research skills workshop at Shady Grove campus on March 2, a tour of the National Museum of the American Indian Archives and Library on March 8, and a tour of the National Library of Medicine on April 19. Stay tuned for more info and follow us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/umdala
Hope to see you soon!
Your ALA@UMD Executive Board: Katie Rapp, Alisha Abrams, Katie Cole, and Theresa Polk