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September 9, 1999

Library Staffers Receive Federal Librarians Round Table Awards

Library of Congress staffers Milton MeGee, Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), and Shirley Loo, Congressional Research Service, were honored with awards from the American Library Association (ALA) Federal Librarians Round Table (FLRT). The awards were presented at the ALA Annual Conference in June in New Orleans, La.

Mr. MeGee, FEDLINK's Network Coordinator, received the FLRT Achievement Award, a citation and gift awarded for leadership and achievement in the federal library and information center community. Presented annually, the award recognizes individuals who promote the most efficient use of federal library and information resources and facilities and who stimulate research in planning and operating federal libraries and information activities.

After completing the Navy's preflight school in Pensacola, Fla., and serving in Vietnam, Mr. MeGee earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland in 1972. That same year he began his career as a federal librarian as a cataloger in the Department of Transportation. He joined the Government Printing Office in 1975 as chief of the Classification and Cataloging Branch of the Library Division in the Office of the Superintendent of Documents, a position he held until joining the Library of Congress in 1977. During his tenure at the Library, he has helped to develop FEDLINK from a network of 65 federal libraries using the OCLC subsystems into a network of 800 OCLC libraries and others that procure $110 million annually in information services.

Ms. Loo received the FLRT Distinguished Service Award for her significant contributions to FLRT as an officer, historiographer, and promoter of federal libraries. She is the third recipient of this award that was first presented in 1995 to recognize the outstanding, innovative, or sustained contributions to the organization. She served as FLRT president in 1992-93, and has held most of the organization's elected offices. She also collated the records of the organization, and compiled the first FLRT Handbook as well as a history of the FLRT/ALA Awards. As past president of the District of Columbia Library Association and the Library of Congress Professional Association, her professional ties are a vital link between FLRT and the general information community.

A native of Hawaii, Ms. Loo earned a master's in library science from Columbia University in 1967. That same year she joined the Library of Congress, where she has held a variety of positions in the Congressional Research Service. Currently a specialist in information control and automated systems, she began her library career at a time when the Library of Congress first began exploring the use of computer technology. Throughout her tenure, she has served the reference needs of Congress using the latest technologies in information management.

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PR 99-128
9/9/99
ISSN 0731-3527

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