May 2000


ORNL, two local colleges share library resources

ORNL has entered into a library use agreement with Roane State Community College and Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

The agreement will allow students from the two colleges to borrow materials from ORNL’s research libraries. At the same time, ORNL employees will be able to borrow materials from libraries at the two institutions in Roane County, Oak Ridge and West Knoxville.

ORNL has a similar agreement with the University of Tennessee.

“This is about partnerships,” said Lee Riedinger, ORNL’s deputy director of Science and Technology. “This arrangement has worked well with UT and will work well with these two institutions. Hopefully, this is the start of many partnerships with these two fine institutions.”

Loretta Friend, dean of Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, said she is looking forward to working with ORNL in other joint ventures.

“We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time,” Friend said.

Peter Nerzak, Pellissippi State’s librarian, said ORNL and Pellissippi State students will all benefit from the program.

“Our students will hopefully get a lot out of this facility,” Nerzak said. “We hope employees at ORNL will use our library, as well.”

Randy Hoffman, manager of ORNL’s research libraries, said Roane State and Pellisippi State’s students and faculty will be able to count on ORNL as a resource for the information they need.—Fred Strohl