ERIC Number: ED025286
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Library of Congress as the National Library; Potentialities for Service. A Report to the National Advisory Commission on Libraries.
Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
This report presents a statement of the Library of Congress's view of its position as the National Library of the United States. The Library has developed from a small parliamentary library to serve the Congress to a library that performs more national-library functions than any national library in the world. Its organizational position in the Legislative Branch has not and need not inhibit its further development as a national library, but legislation to recognize its present "de facto" national-library role would be beneficial, as would a permanent commission on libraries and information to point up national needs and to advocate solutions and funding. Fifteen functions which the Library might expand or undertake, if it were recognized as the "de jure" national library and were supported accordingly, are listed and suggestions regarding necessary action to enable the Library to carry out the expanded services are made. The most important proposals of the last decade for a national "information system" are outlined, and the distinction made in these proposals between libraries and library systems on the one hand and evaluation and retrieval systems on the other is rejected" The Library sees the basic problem in an effective national library and information network as an access problem. The access problem is essentially a file problem, i.e., one of bibliographic control, on which the Library is making inroads through its program to automate its central bibliographic record. (WS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.