The Federal Library Mission: A Statement of Principles and Guidelines

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Page 1 - Study Library budgeting and staffing problems, including the recruiting, education, training, and remuneration of librarians.
Page 4 - RELATION TO FEDERAL COMMUNITY The collections of Federal libraries constitute an important resource for providing information needed in daily operation of the Government, and in the conduct of agency research programs. Interlibrary lending, inter-agency reference assistance, cooperative cataloging, literature searching, and other forms of cooperation are essential to full and efficient use of this resource.
Page 9 - ... documenting and producing state-of-the-art reviews; 5. Providing professional guidance to readers in the use of library collections and bibliographic resources, and acquainting them with other information sources such as individual subject specialists, information centers, and research organizations; 6. Lending library materials or photo-copying when appropriate; 7. Borrowing, for official use, materials from other Federal or private libraries; 8. Systematically providing information about agency...
Page 4 - To collect and organize pertinent recorded information, in whatever form required, to meet managerial, research, educational, informational, and other program responsibilities; b. To provide ready access to their materials and to assist users in locating required information; c. To disseminate pertinent information from their collections on a selective basis; d. To make their collections and services known to present and potential users. 2. Library Functions To discharge these basic responsibilities,...
Page 4 - DEFINITION AND SCOPE Federal libraries support the missions and programs of their agencies principally by providing bibliographically related information services. To achieve this objective they have at least four basic responsibilities. a. To collect and organize pertinent recorded information, in whatever form required, to meet managerial, research, educational, informational, and other program responsibilities; b. To provide ready access to their materials and to assist users in locating required...
Page 2 - Federal libraries are of special importance. The most urgent library problem confronting Federal agencies is identical with that confronting non-Federal institutions, ie, the problem of providing library service adequate to meet urgent growing demands. The gravity of this problem was recognized by the President when on September 2, 1966 he issued Executive Order No. 11301, creating a National Advisory Commission on Libraries to "evaluate policies, programs, and practices," affecting the nation's...
Page 1 - July 3, 1965, are : (1) Consider policies and problems relating to Federal libraries; (2) Evaluate existing Federal library programs and resources ; (3) Determine priorities among library issues requiring attention ; (4) Examine the organization and policies for acquiring, preserving, and making information available; (5) Study the need for and potential of technological innovation in library practices; (6) Study Library budgeting and staffing problems, including...
Page 8 - ... attention to related information beyond the immediate scope of the query; 2. Providing an organized program for selective dissemination of information based on systematic analysis of agency and staff information needs through interest profiles and program analysis; 3. Compiling comprehensive or selective bibliographies selected for specific purposes and produced either on the initiative of the library or upon request. Such bibliographies may be current or retrospective and should, when appropriate,...
Page 5 - In addition to reference materials, these resources should include the indexes !The word agency is used to cover not only separately organized units of the Federal Government, but also where appropriate, subordinate units thereof. The word library is used to cover not only a department library, but a library system, or libraries serving subordinate units.
Page 3 - ... cultural characteristics which have created and will continue to create new and heavier demands upon Government and upon educational and research institutions such as libraries; 3. Cumulative deficiencies in library resources, staff, and services which are not equal to present and anticipated demands; 4. The development of new data processing techniques which are revolutionizing information handling and are placing new pressures on libraries. Essential to the solution of this urgent problem is...

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