ERIC Number: ED047759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Federal Library Programs for Acquisition of Foreign Materials.
Cylke, Frank Kurt
Sixteen libraries representing those agencies holding membership on the Federal Library Committee were surveyed to determine library foreign language or imprint holdings, acquisitions techniques, procedures and/or problems. Specific questions, relating to holdings, staff, budget and the acquisition, processing, reference and translation services of foreign materials, were asked. Ten of the sixteen libraries procured foreign language/imprint items in a desultory manner; the two law libraries do not have a requirement, the Office of Management and Budget Library sees only a limited need, and the remaining seven do not have an active acquisition program. The six libraries active in the procurement of foreign language items do not have a uniform acquisition policy and no real attempt is made to acquire all materials in all specific subject areas. Translations are procured on the basis of need and no acquisitions people had language/subject abilities. In most agencies, the materials first go to pertinent foreign desks and then to the library which acquires the items after use for permanent storage. No real unified concern is shown for information which is available in non English language, non U.S. imprint sources, and no widespread awareness of the usefulness of the Library of Congress as a source for such data is shown. (AB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Library Committee, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Federal Library Committee
Note: Paper prepared for the Library Institute on Acquisition of Foreign Materials for U.S. Libraries, University of Wisconsin...April 13, 1971