NRC Librarian Not Yet Closing the Book on his Lengthy Career

Anna McGowan
Branch Chief
Office of the Chief Information Officer

Paul Gallien
Paul Gallien has spent much of his 50-year federal career in this library.

It’s not often that we focus on an individual NRC staffer in a blog post. But we thought it appropriate to recognize Paul Gallien, who recently celebrated 50 years in federal service.

Paul has worked as a librarian within the federal government longer than the NRC has been in existence. If there were a book on him, you might find it catalogued under “C” for continuity.

Fresh from Gallaudet University with a degree in Library Science in 1965, Paul started his federal career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration library. After 22 years there, Paul joined the NRC’s Technical Library, a valuable resource for NRC staff in which scientific and technical information is managed and preserved.

Thanks to Paul and his colleagues in the Technical Library, NRC staff have a readily available and easily accessible collection of information that aids them in carrying out our agency’s regulatory and research responsibilities. Paul’s many years of experience are vital to the technical library as it prepares to transition to its fourth generation online catalog system.

Deaf from the age of three, Paul’s contributions are only made more special by his offer of friendship and mentoring to his colleagues, deaf and hearing alike. He is always willing to share his experience with newer colleagues. And as a long-time volunteer with the deaf-blind community, he serves as a tactile interpreter and provides transportation assistance.

Paul may owe his longevity at least partly to his commitment to health and fitness. He “hikes” weekly up and down the 18 flights in the NRC’s headquarters building. With no plans for retirement and a proclamation to continue working for another 25 years, maybe we’ll see him on the stairs and in the Technical Library for years to come.

Perhaps the best way to celebrate Paul’s 50 years of federal service is to simply say, “thank you for your continued dedication and professionalism over these many years.”




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