Lost at Los Alamos

The “Los Alamos National Laboratory(Los Alamos National Laboratory)”:http://www.lanl.gov/ has a reputation for losing things. “Incidents(Los Alamos Disks Slipped)”:http://www.defensetech.org/archives/000679.html took place in 2000, 2002, and 2003. But things were even more serious in 2004.
bq.In an announcement last Friday, the lab confirmed that “two items of Classified Removable Electronic Media (CREM) were discovered missing from the Weapons Physics Directorate” inside the lab on July 7 during a special inventory being done for an upcoming experiment. The two disks didn’t turn up in several searches, which are continuing, according to the lab. – “Todd R. Weiss(Los Alamos lab again missing computer disks with classified data)”:http://www.computerworld.com/securitytopics/security/story/0,10801,94586,00.html Or were they?
bq.The confusion, it turns out, was created by inventory bar codes produced for computer disks that have never been written, a department official told AFP on condition of anonymity. – “Sci-Tech Today(U.S. Admits Missing Los Alamos Disks Never Existed)”:http://www.sci-tech-today.com/scnce/story.xhtml?story_title=U-S–Admits–Missing–Los-Alamos-Disks-Never-Existed&story_id=30166&category=scnce Perhaps they should hire a librarian.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.