Who's Using the Frederick National Lab Scientific Library?

Written by Dr. Andy Stephen, Acting Director of the Protein Chemistry Lab
May/June 2013

Andy Stephen

Whether visiting my local library branch, the Scientific Library in 549 or at ATRF, I am always aware of "time," of how easy it is to lose track of time when I'm meandering my way about the shelves of books, and how much time it would take me to follow up with all the books that peak my interest.

I have worked at NCI-Frederick (now Frederick National Lab) for almost 14 years in the Protein Chemistry Laboratory which I now direct. Over the course of those years I used the Library in many ways; checking out text books, audio books, and reading articles in review journals; taking many of the special training classes to learn new software or search capabilities, and also attending many of the "Science in the Cinema" viewings. Now that we have relocated to the ATRF, I have begun visiting the ATRF Library, stocked with print copies of high profile journals that make great lunch time reading! I always find the Library staff to be extremely responsive to my requests for assistance. A perfect example is how the Library decided to partner with an effort at ATRF to highlight "Women in Science" during the month of March. As women pioneers in science were highlighted on the video sign players, the ATRF Library hosted a 1-hour documentary twice a week that showcased some well-known women scientists.

I'm looking forward to spending more time in the ATRF Library working with the Library staff to make this a central location where ATRF staff comes together to meet and discuss their science.

A visit to the Library really is a great use of one's time!