The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is the nation's primary resource for agricultural information in all formats and is one of four national libraries of the United States. NAL also serves as the Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This position is located in the Information & Customer Services Branch (ICSB), NAL, in Beltsville, Maryland.
The ICSB provides national and international leadership in the provision of and access to agricultural and related scientific and technical information in specialized subject areas to a wide range of national and international customers including scientists, educators, policy makers, public officials, business and industry, farmers, and the general public. The ICSB's complex information research programs and systems are essential to national food and agricultural industries and advances in science.
The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is congressionally-mandated to provide information about animal welfare, animal care and use and improved methodologies to those regulated under the Animal Welfare Act - those using animals in biomedical research, testing, higher education, and on exhibit. The Center is a resource for information and expertise in areas mentioned in the 1985 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, including training laboratory personnel, alternative methods to animal research, improved handling and care of laboratory/research animals, refined research procedures, and ways to reduce duplication of animal research. The Center also provides information related to the philosophical and ethical issues surrounding the use of animals in the aforementioned endeavors.
This position serves as the Program Leader for the Animal Health and Welfare Program responsible for policy making, planning, directing and evaluating program requirements, activities, and functions of NAL's specialized information center in animal health and welfare. As program leader, the incumbent serves as the Coordinator for the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC).
This position participates with the Branch Chief in planning, developing and setting policy for the development of information research programs in animal welfare. In this capacity, the position leads, guides, and facilitates planning activities for information programs addressing emerging issues in animal welfare.
The NAL advances access to global information for agriculture by connecting customers to information through technology. The Information Products Division provides direct and indirect services to accomplish this mission, including mediated and non-mediated reference and the development of targeted Web-based information products.
The position provides leadership, management and vision for the strategic development of science-based information programs, services and products critical to the animal welfare community.