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Photo by John W. Roberts
2014 NIST Newton's Apple Tree Photo Contest Winner, photo by John W. Roberts
Photo by Lisa Ng
2014 NIST Newton's Apple Tree Photo Contest Winner, photo by Lisa Ng
Welcome

Welcome to the public home page of the NIST Virtual Library (NVL), the portal to the services of the NIST Information Services Office (ISO). The links on this page provide access to publications and information services available to the public.


About ISO

The Information Services Office (ISO) is responsible for creating, maintaining, and disseminating a NIST knowledge base which supports the research and administrative needs required to fulfill the scientific, engineering, and technical mission of NIST. Learn more about the work and best practices of ISO by reading papers and viewing presentations by ISO staff. More about ISO...

NIST staff: access the internal NVL.


Selected ISO Presentations

Assessing Library Performance Using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence: Framework and Systems that Focus on Results and Ensure Sustainability

Assessing Library Performance Using the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence: Role Model Practices

Developing and Implementing a Digital Media Device Lending Program

Newton’s Apple Tree

Everyone knows the story that Sir Isaac Newton was inspired to develop the theory of gravity after being hit on the head by a falling apple. While this story is probably stretching the truth, he did write about observing apples falling in his yard which set his thoughts of gravity in motion.

He wrote about the specific tree that he observed and a direct descendent of that tree grows on the NIST campus in front of the NIST Research Library. The tree was given to NIST by the United Kingdom’s National Physical Laboratory and was grown from cuttings originally taken from the inspirational apple tree at Newton’s home, Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, England.

The tree is a rare variety called the Flower of Kent… it produces a type of cooking apple that by today’s standards is considered poor quality and is therefore no longer commonly cultivated. NIST Research Library held a photo contest this spring while the tree was in bloom. The two contest winners shown here were selected from many beautiful entries.

Contact

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