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Information International Associates

Location Description

Information International Associates (IIA) is a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (DOE OSTI). DOE OSTI, a unit of the Office of Science, fulfills agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate both unclassified and classified scientific and technical information (STI) emanating from DOE-funded research and development (R&D) activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities and at universities and other institutions nationwide. OSTI provides access to DOE STI through a suite of web-based, searchable discovery tools and through other commonly used search engines, offering ever-expanding sources of R&D information to DOE, the research community, and the science-attentive public.
As the information repository for DOE-funded STI, DOE OSTI has many of the same functions as a digital library. We have a team of information scientists focused on curating their extensive collection of DOE research results, including accepted manuscripts, technical reports, patents, and theses.

Practicum Work Mode


Semesters or Time Period Available

Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022


1 Way
Oak Ridge, TN 37830


Daphne Evans
Team Lead, Information Science and Quality Assurance

Student Tasks

Contribute to the curation of metadata for various types of research products, including accepted manuscripts, technical reports, and patents.
Contribute to the curation of metadata for images extracted from research products.
Participate in various information science research projects as needed.
Review and contribute to the creation of collection curation guidance.
Various projects related to collection improvement.

Type of Mentoring Provided to the Student

The student will be mentored by multiple members of the information science team. Many of our team members are graduate of the program.

Student Interaction With Others at the Location

Currently, we are in full telework mode. We communicate frequently daily via Teams, Zoom, email, and phone. At some point, we may change to onsite, but that has not been decided yet. A practicum student would work very closely with the information science team.