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Library of Congress Fiscal 2014 Budget Justification: Submitted for Use of the Committees on Appropriations

Library of Congress Fiscal 2014 Budget Justification: Submitted for Use of the Committees on Appropriations (PDF) Source: Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is submitting a fiscal 2014 budget request to maintain current services funding levels, adjusted for inflation. … The Library along with the entire federal government is facing significant budget challenges. The most critical of these challenges before us at the time of submitting this request is sequestration. although this budget does not reflect estimated funding levels under the potential sequester, this overview statement will address the impacts sequestration will have on the Library’s mission and programs, if it takes effect. even without these potential future budget challenges, the Library is grappling with the impacts deep budget cuts of recent years have had on the Library and its services to the Congress and to the nation.

it will not be easy to sustain the Library’s unique leadership role in the three core functions any library serves. Maintaining this leadership role is even more challenging for a library that serves all americans by (1) acquiring important records of human knowledge and creativity, (2) preserving them, and (3) making them maximally accessible. “Memory, reason, and imagination” were the three categories into which Thomas Jefferson organized his private library, which became the seedbed for the Library of Congress’s universal collections and unique curatorial staff.

The Library is close to the point where it may have to reduce significantly the three key services that it provides for the american people. This might involve further reduction to the Library’s staff, which currently accounts for 65 percent of its overall annual budget and 90 percent of the budget of the Congressional research Service. The Library has had virtually flat budgets in recent years and, if faced with another set of across-the-board cuts, the Library would risk a decline in its core services at precisely the time its mission is becoming more important than ever for america.

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Library of Congress Transitions to Free, Online-Only Cataloging Publications

The Library of Congress has announced a transition to online-only publication of its cataloging documentation. As titles that are in production are released, the Library’s Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) will no longer print new editions of its subject headings, classification schedules and other cataloging publications. The Library will instead provide free downloadable PDF versions of these titles.

For users desiring enhanced functionality, the Library’s two web-based subscription services, Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web, will continue as products from CDS.

In 2012, the Library of Congress conducted an extensive study on the impact and opportunities of changes in the bibliographic framework and the technological environment on the future distribution of its cataloging data and products. The Library’s transition from print to online-only for cataloging documentation is a response to a steadily declining customer base for print and the availability of alternatives made possible by advances in technology. This shift will enable the Library to achieve a more sustainable financial model and better serve its mission in the years ahead.
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Library of Congress offers dozens of RSS Feeds

The Library of Congress can deliver news on dozens of topics directly to your desktop.

From the webpage about RSS feeds.

"RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that allows organizations to deliver news to a desktop computer or other Internet device. By subscribing to RSS feeds, users can easily stay up-to-date with areas of the Library's site that are of interest. The Library of Congress offers several RSS feeds for use in an RSS reader or RSS-enabled Web browser. Library feeds consist of headline, brief summary, and a link that leads back to the Library's Web site for more information."

Topics range from general library news and hours, to info on the library web and newscasts, to poetry, copyright legislation and news.

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SLA Early Bird Conference Rate Ends 3 April

Only 3 Weeks Left for Early Bird Rate!

Are you planning to attend THE premiere conference for Information Professionals? Not yet registered for the SLA 2009 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO?

There are only three weeks left until the early bird rate expires! Go to: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2009/registration/index.cfm  and save at least US$ 180!

The early bird rate expires 3 April 2009, so register now! 

For session information, check out the online planner for session information.  http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2009/planner/index.cfm

The Military Libraries Division has a full slate of activities planned.  On Saturday, we have a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetary at 1:15.   Two of our own military vets will be part of the wreath laying ceremony.  Meanwhile in Washington, DC at the West Dining Room at the Library of Congress, we have a session on How to Become a Federal Library.  Five federal librarians or HR specialists will discuss tips on the different personnel systems, where to search for federal jobs, intern opportunities.etc.

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