National Agricultural Library Employee Honored for
Excellence By Rosalie Marion Bliss
March 6, 2007
WASHINGTON, Mar. 6Technical information specialist
Alonso has received the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) "2006 Excellence in Information Award."
ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Alonso heads the Food Safety
Information Center at the Beltsville, Md.-based USDA National Agricultural
Library (NAL). The annual "Excellence in
Information" award is presented to an ARS employee to recognize outstanding
contributions to the creation and distribution of information products,
services and technologies that support agricultural research and education.
In a ceremony today at USDA headquarters, ARS Administrator Edward B.
Knipling presented Alonso with a plaque, citing her "outstanding leadership in
improving customer service provided by NAL and in advancing access to
information through technology." Earlier, she received a cash award.
The USDA-ARS Abraham Lincoln National Agricultural Library building is
the principal source of information in the United States about agriculture and
its related sciences.
The NAL Food Safety Information Center includes the Food Safety
Research Information Office, or FSRIO,
which Alonso developed and launched in July 2001 as a single comprehensive
governmental database of food safety research information from a variety of
organizations. Alonso develops partnerships, manages overall operations,
markets and promotes the center, develops information products and works with
In addition to fulfilling her role in the area of food safety
information, Alonso became project manager for the revitalization of the
Nutrition.gov website. This led to another
key rolethat of project manager for an NAL-wide web redesign. In that
capacity, Alonso managed and coordinated the work of seven teams and developed
a migration plan for NAL's estimated 68,000 Web pages.
The new design provides rapid access to information, wide exposure for
NAL products and services, and a user-friendly environment. The redesign's
launch has been followed by a sharp increase in the number of requests for
information. Also concurrently, in support of the Science.gov website, Alonso participated in
usability testing, site redesign and content formulation.
Alonso's other recognitions include Federal Computer Week's 2006
Federal 100 Award for her leadership in the NAL web redesign, and the USDA's
Hispanic Who's Who in 2002 and 2003.
Alonso was born in Miami, Fla., and raised in Homestead, Fla. She
attended the University of Florida (UF)
College of Journalism and Communications,
where she received a B.S. in public relations in 1999. At UF, she worked with a
team on a USDA-funded project to develop and produce a national food safety
website. Upon graduation, Alonso managed the website full-time at UF for more
than a year, after which she began working at NAL as a technical information
specialist in 2000. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in
Technology Management degree from the University
of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Md. Alonso lives in Laurel, Md.