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Dorothy Notarnicola
May 24, 2013

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Dorothy Notarnicola, a senior librarian with NCI at NASA Langley's Technical Library, has made a career of looking for a needle in a haystack.

Her haystack is more than a dozen online resources that compile information from more than 425,000 books and documents, on more than 6,200 shelves, which have been digitally scanned and made available to researchers at the center.

Trying to pinpoint information in the physical space of NASA Langley's Technical Library could take hours, even days. But looking for that same bit of information has become convenient, and sometimes instant, through the available digital tools.

One resource for researchers is Ask-a-Librarian [https://askalibrarian.nasa.gov], an Agency-level cooperative virtual reference service, funded by the NASA Digital Library (NDL), and staffed by librarians, like Notarnicola, from the NISA (NASA Information Services Alliance).

Employees can also search Langley Google [http://google.larc.nasa.gov] for full-text documents, and save their research by signing up for a database interface called REFWORKS [http://www.refworks.com/refworks].

Resources on the Information Management Branch website [http://imb.larc.nasa.gov/] also tap into electronic books, databases and documents from across the Agency, the Department of Defense, and other aerospace networks.

Notarnicola has helped to maintain and seek out potential digital resources for researchers since the December retirement of Garland Gouger, who was the Technical Information Specialist at the Technical Library for more than three decades.

Notarnicola has nearly two decades of reference experience in academic and corporate settings. And she has received two master's degrees: one in library science from the University of Pittsburgh, and another in business administration from Penn State.

She grew up in Central Pennsylvania, where her father was an accounting professor at Penn State. Notarnicola entered college to study accounting, but quickly decided that it wasn't for her.

Libraries, on the other hand, were.

From a young age, she enjoyed reading, and remembers having a particular fondness for the Encyclopedia Brown series, which featured the adventures of boy detective Leroy Brown, nicknamed "Encyclopedia" for his intelligence and range of knowledge.

Finding love didn't require any detective work. She was the maid of honor in a wedding when she met the best man, Steve. They have been married for 21 years.

Her husband's career with Lockheed Martin led them on trips to Italy, France and Switzerland.

They have two sons: Mitch, a high school senior, and Jack, a high school freshman. Both play the tuba in the marching band, and also play lacrosse.

Mitch, who volunteered last summer for NASA Langley's Information Management Branch, is planning to attend West Virginia University to study aerospace engineering. Notarnicola thinks that Jack might take the small business route.

It's safe to say that her life outside of work focuses on those she loves, much like her own mother, who was always involved in her activities and schooling.

At NASA Langley, she's a point of reference.

Denise Lineberry
NASA Langley Research Center

Dorothy Notarnicola
Dorothy Notarnicola is a senior librarian with NCI at NASA Langley's Technical Library.
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