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DMIL Member Interview Gail Nicula

DMIL Member Interview Gail Nicula

How did you get involved in military librarianship?

I was hired as the Chief, Reader Services, Armed Forces Staff College (now Joint Forces Staff College) by Margaret (Maggie) Martin, in 1983. My father, a Navy Civil Engineer officer, was in charge of building some of the houses on the college compound, and he encouraged me to try to get a job in the library there. Up until that point, I had worked almost exclusively in academic libraries. It was very tough to break into US Civil Service in those days, but because I had been a science librarian, there was a waiver or special entry path available, and I was given Civil Service “status,” and eligible for library positions. I came to the Staff College from Old Dominion University, where I was the chief of Collection Access Services.

How did you get involved in DMIL?

I owe it all to Maggie. Although I had been a member of SLA for some years, she was very emphatic about the importance of joining the Military Libraries Division. She told me about the great group of people I would meet if I joined, and she also emphasized the importance of the annual workshop.

What has been your best experience working for the military?

My best experience was, without question, working with the students at JFSC. Especially after the Joint Advanced Warfighting School became a reality, and I was able to work with students who were researching and writing their theses. Another high point was working with General Donn Starry, Commanding General of TRADOC and Commander in Chief, U.S. Readiness Command, on a history of the College.

What has been your best experience being involved in DMIL?

Planning MLW 2011, “Riding the Information Wave,” in Norfolk with Maria Ruckman and a fabulous team of librarians from the College and from the Hampton Roads area. We spent most of a year planning the conference and had a terrific time!

What positions in DMIL have you held?

Membership Chair, MLW Chair, DOD Director.

If someone were to visit your library or your town, what would you be sure to show them or recommend that they see?

For sure the Battleship Wisconsin on the Norfolk Waterfront, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum next to the Wisconsin, the MacArthur Memorial Museum, the Chrysler Museum, and the Norfolk Naval Station.

Please recommend one LIS-specific book or article that you read recently that you found particularly good. What makes it worthwhile?

I’ve changed careers since retiring from JFSC, and am now an adjunct professor in the School of Public Service, Strome College of Business, at Old Dominion University. In this second career I teach two courses that I developed specifically for MPA students. So, two books that I am reading now and recommend highly are in the field of public administration: “Smart Communities,” by Suzanne Morse, and “Tackling Wicked Government Problems,” edited by Jackson Nickerson and Ronald Sanders. The two courses I teach are Community Engagement and Wicked Problems in Public Administration.

If you were to recommend one book, just for fun, what would it be?

Hmm – anything by Janet Evanovich. I’m reading “The Scam” right now.

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Budgetary turmoil at the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2014 | Brookings Institution

Budgetary turmoil at the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2014 | Brookings Institution

During the past five years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has experienced nearly constant budgetary turmoil. The large and sudden sequester cuts of 2013 and the government shutdown in that same year constitute the best known events. Other instances are less well known but contributed to disruption. They include creating plans to shut down DOD on five different occasions, creating two budgets for the same year on several occasions because of uncertainty about the ultimate size of the appropriation, a major out-of-cycle planning process, and accommodating budgets that were six months late in enactment during two of the past five years. While this paper focuses on past budgetary turmoil at DOD, that turmoil unfortunately continues today.

Full Story: Budgetary turmoil at the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2014 | Brookings Institution.

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World War I Online Resources, posted 09062015

World War I Online Resources, posted 09062015

The following are some online resources I compiled in 2014 for the Centennial of World War I for my last job. They offer a global perspective, at least from anglophone combatant nations. I felt they might be worth sharing for the purposes of answering reference questions and patron interest. — Travis Ferrell

Photo credits:
Commemorative tribute at the Liberty Memorial, c. 1940. Source Missouri State Archives —,_Kansas_City,_c._1940.jpg

1. Australia

a. “Monash, Sir John (1865-19310” from the Australian Dictionary of Biography —

b. “1918: Australians in France – General Sir John Monash” page from the Australian War Memorial —

c. “Gallipoli and the Anzacs”(Australia) —

d. “First World War 1914–18” from the Australian War Memorial —

e. “Australia in World War One” by Dr. Peter Stanley (BBC History website) —

f. “Australia & WWI” page from the State Library of Victoria (Australia) —

2. Canada

g. “Canada and the First World War” from the Canadian War Museum —

h. “First World War (1914-1918)” from the Veterans Affairs Canada site —

3. India

i. “The Indian Corps in France” —

4. New Zealand

j. New Zealand’s First World War Centenary 2014-2019 (NZ) —

5. Pan-European Focus

k. Europeana 1914-1918 – Untold Stories & Official Histories of WWI (Europeana is the European Digital Archive, Library, and Museum) —

6. South Africa

l. “World War I Centenary 1914-2014” page from South Africa History Online —

7. United Kingdom

m. World War One (BBC) —

n. World War One Archive from “The Telegraph” (UK) —

o. “First World War 100 Year On” interactive documentary from “The Guardian Newspaper” (UK) [Note: Scroll down the page slightly and the film will play] —

p. First World War 100: Digitised First World War Records (from the British National Archives) —

q. Sassoon Journals (diaries of a WWI Soldier and poet) from the Cambridge Digital Library (UK) —

8. United States

r. 100 Years / Legacies: The Lasting Impact of World War I from the “Wall Street Journal” —

s. A Guide to World War I Materials from the Library of Congress —

t. World War I Era Posters from the Center for Military History —

u. Military Resources: World War I from the National Archives and Records Administration (US) —

v. The National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial (in Kansas City, MO) —

w. American Armies and Battlefields in Europe (Center for Military History — This pdf is big and may take some time to download.) —

x. The AEF in “Stars and Stripes” (Library of Congress) —

y. “Learning Lessons in the American Expeditionary Forces” by Kenneth E. Hamburger (Center for Military History) —

z. “Photo Essay: World War I Remastered and In Color” from the PBS Newshour (US) —

aa. The United States World War One Centennial Commission —

bb. “This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades” by Max Kutner in —

cc. “World War I in Photos” from “The Atlantic” (US) —

dd. “The United States Marine Corps the World War” by Edwin N. McClellan Major, U.S. Marines Officer in Charge Historical Division —

ee. “WWI training history remains entrenched at Quantico” By Mike DiCicco —

ff. “Marines, French forces celebrate 96th anniversary of Belleau Wood battle” By Maj. Lauren Schulz —

gg. “Doughboys in the Great War” by Dr. Edward Gutierrez, YouTube Video of a lecture at the US Army Heritage and Education Center —

hh. “Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans’ History Project: World War I: The Great War” from Library of Congress —

ii. “Marine Flyer in France, The Diary of Captain Alfred A. Cunningham, November 1917-Janurary 1918” by Capt. Alfred A. Cunningham, USMC —

jj. “Women Marines in World War I” by Capt. Linda L. Hewitt, USMCR —

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