Joe Langdon is Chief of Science Information and Library Services (SILS), Western Region at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. The SILS group was formed in 2005 with the merging of the former Library staff and the Earth Science Information Center (map sales and public information) staff. He supervises a staff of 18 civil servants and contractors comprised of Librarians, Cartographers, Geographers, and Education Coordinators. SILS staff are located at Menlo Park and Flagstaff, Arizona. Joe works closely with information professionals, researchers and managers at other USGS locations though-out nine Western states, responding to their needs and advocating for resources from USGS /HQ.
Prior to working for the USGS, Joe worked over 21 years for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters, and recently at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View. He was a reference librarian at GSFC and head of the HQ Library. At Ames, he eventually moved into the Branch Chief’s position, with responsibility for managing the Library, Publications, and Records Management. Before becoming a government grunt, Joe worked as a librarian for Computer Sciences Corporation (at GSFC/Landsat project) and as an editor/indexer for the American Geological Institute (GeoRef).
Joe received degrees in Education/Library Science and Geology from Slippery Rock State College, Pennsylvania.
Joe has been a member
of SLA since 1997, served on the Directory Committee, and was Treasurer
of the San Andreas Chapter from 2002-2004. He is the current President-Elect of the San Andreas chapter.