CSA has invested in the establishment of full library services to meet the needs of clients. With the flood of scientific information that is now available, science-based companies and their staff must have a means of identifying relevant material and accessing it quickly. This has been accomplished by taking two steps.
The first step was making the CSA library a member of OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, an organization with more than 72,000 participating libraries around the world and committed to group cataloging of materials and sharing through the interlibrary loan system. Additionally, the CSA library is a member of the Florida Library Information Network (FLIN) and the International Association of Marine and Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). All of these organizations further supplement the acquisition and sharing of information in a cost-effective and timely manner. Services available to both CSA staff and other organizations include general reference services, document delivery, database searching, and creation of bibliographies. CSA’s database searching capabilities are extensive and in depth, encompassing dozens of scientific, technical, and patent databases.
The second step was to establish the position of a full-time science librarian. The Director of Library and Information Services is responsible for meeting the information needs of CSA employees and contributing to the completion of contracted projects throughout the organization. She handles the acquisition, organization, and dissemination of both print and electronic information and is responsible for administering CSA’s collection of more than 60,000 items. CSA’s librarian holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and has more than 40 years of experience in meeting the scientific and technical information requirements of scientists, engineers, and technicians.