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Lunch and Learn Report: DFSC Library

No foolin’. After last year’s winter storms forced SLA Georgia to postpone our Lunch and Learn program at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC), our third try was the charm!

DFSC Librarian Jane Killian hosted seven information pros on Wednesday, April 1. Jane kicked off the program explaining her organization, customers, resources and services. The DFSC is part of the Department of Defense (DoD) and occupies a 133,000 square foot facility in Forest Park, Georgia. Jane works in the Office of Quality Initiatives and Training (OQIT) which develops and maintains examiner training, professional certification and lab accreditation procedures. Her customers include agents, examiners and scientists at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory (USACIL) which serves all branches of the military. She often “walks a loop” around the building to ensure visibility and she records customer transactions via tick marking.

Since Jane doesn’t work in a physical space functioning as a library, she showed us the DFSC intranet listing her specialized database resources. As member Ruth Rowell commented, “I think Jane is the very first librarian I’ve met who presided over a mostly digital library.”

After Jane’s talk, examiner and forensic scientist Jessie Brown escorted us through the long and immaculately clean hallways of the Center. We stopped at various display cases where he described a unit’s function and shared stories about their work with DNA (the “golden child” of forensic science), firearms, fingerprints, trace evidence and digital evidence which includes social media.

Though we could not enter the secured laboratory areas, the building’s design allowed plenty of natural light and we could sneak peeks as we walked by. Thanks again to Debbie Glidewell, Jane’s director, Jessie and Jane for hosting us. While Debbie noted, “I can’t imagine not having our library service,” tour participants described their visit “cool, interesting, fascinating and fantastic.”

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