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Library and Information Science

USGS produces some of the most comprehensive and impactful scientific data in the world. USGS research routinely advances understanding on key societal issues, informs planning by governments and businesses, and is used prominently in disaster response activities.

Integrating, managing, and ensuring access to critical data and publications in a timely manner represents an increasingly acute challenge for the bureau. SAS enables access to USGS scientific data and publications by partnering with USGS programs/centers producing these data to facilitate lifecyde data management practices, and by providing comprehensive library resources and services through the USGS Libraries Program.  


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Recognized as the national leader in geoscience research, the USGS Library provides and promotes access to world class geoscience print and online resources that inspire scientific exploration and discovery. The USGS Library fosters success of the worldwide geosciences community by providing foundational resources and services to support critical and timely scientific investigations. Through stewardship of assets for future generations, the USGS Library advances discovery, use, management, and preservation of the geosciences record.

With materials dating back to the 16th century, the estimated 1,500,000 volumes, 750,000 maps, 500,000 historical photos, and 30,000 field records provides comprehensive and essential support to USGS employees and the broader scientific community and is accessed by thousands of researchers each year. The USGS Library collections and expert staff provide timely, evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and foundational information on critical topics impacting national safety and prosperity. The USGS Library fills requests from USGS employees whether they are teleworking, in the field, or working from over 300 office locations. As the primary access point to the national scientific record of the geosciences, the USGS Library ensures that citizens can find and use scientific print and online information. 

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Information Science

Information science and data management are vital elements of the science lifecycle. The Science Data Management Branch provides tools, best practices, and education for data management in the USGS. SAS maintains tools and staff expertise to help researchers from data planning to data release. The tools include the USGS Data Management Website, ScienceBase, the DOI Creation Tool, the Online Metadata Editor, the Metadata Wizard, the Science Data Catalog, and myUSGS. These tools are vital to meeting federal data policy and delivering USGS information products to our stakeholders.

Community and interdisciplinary partnerships in information science are facilitated through the Community for Data Integration (CDI), an open community of practice that hosts trainings and workshops, collaboration areas, and an annual proposals process to fund innovation in data integration and management. These collaborations ensure that USGS information science is aligned with external trends and initiatives in scientific data.