September 11, 2001: 15 Years Later


Day in and day out the librarians and content analysts of the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) walk past an image that hangs on the wall of our break room.  The image is actually two images.  On the top is a picture of the New York City skyline with the words “Never Forget…” shown.  On the bottom is the same picture, but with two profound differences.  The words on the bottom image, “Why We Study This Subject”, are a solemn reminder that draws the viewer’s eyes to the empty skyline where the Twin Towers once stood and emphasizes the reason why those two buildings are no longer there.

Fifteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, this statement still resonates with the HSDL team.  They remain dedicated as ever to their mission of supporting the thousands of students from local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies in the study and research of homeland defense, security, and emergency management.  From its founding in 2002 to present day, the HSDL has added over 160,000 resources to its collection, maintains a blog, “On the Homefront“, and provides other services and features to its user base including 31 Featured Topics related to different areas of homeland security and defense (be sure to check out the September 11, 2001 Attacks Featured Topic) and “Ask a Librarian“.

Terrorism will continue to exist for generations to come.  By learning from the lessons of others and by gathering and storing that information in any easy-to-access forum, the HSDL will continue to assist academics of all disciplines in strengthening the national security of the United States for years to come.

As the years go by we might get caught up in the day-to-day activities of running the HSDL, but as we are always reminded through that image on our office wall, we too encourage you to “Never Forget Why We Study This Subject.”