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NASA Internal Memo: Goddard Libraries Transition to Electronic Services

Status Report From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, October 31, 2011

From: GSFC-Communications
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2011 11:20 AM
To: GSFC-DL-ALL
Subject: Goddard Libraries Transition to Electronic Services

Colleagues:

Beginning January 1, 2012, the NASA Goddard libraries at Greenbelt and Wallops will transition to an all-electronic activity. In response to changes in the research environment and to Center-driven resource priorities, we will no longer maintain a physical presence but will focus on supporting the research needs of the Goddard community electronically. Our digital presence will remain as a portal to our vast collection of electronic material and our research specialists will continue to be available to support evolving requirements of Goddard's researchers.

Closing of the physical libraries is a strategic move to repurpose resources and refocus efforts toward enhanced electronic collections and new services vital for Goddard to continue to be productive and competitive in scientific research.

For the past 16 years, the Library has been developing a robust electronic collection that is delivered directly to our desktop. In fact, the vast majority of the journal collection is already available electronically and our e-book collections offer access to over 80,000 titles. Library subject specialists offer virtual research and instruction services, as well as support for electronic resources

These changes are not without challenges, but a realignment of resources is necessary for us to continue content and services critical to Goddard mission success. Throughout, we will work with the community to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. We have established a FAQ (http://library.gsfc.nasa.gov/center/libinfo/faq.htm) to address the more specific questions you may have regarding the subject.

Marilyn C. Tolliver, Chief Information and Logistics Management Division

Robin M. Dixon, Head Knowledge Resources and Library Branch The Goddard Library

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