ERIC Number: ED095856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep-15
Reference Count: N/A
A National Program for Library and Information Services. 2nd Draft (Rev.).
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
The second draft of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) report proposes a national program to offer the most information service to the greatest number of people. Current status and problems in all kinds of libraries are reviewed, including: distribution of resources; uneven access to information; the influence of technology; copyright issues; high cost of materials; inadequate funding; the negative aspects of limited information access; possible underuse of commercial information services; present network activities and barriers to expansion of such systems. NCLIS recommends: basic minimum services to all local communities; special services for the handicapped, minorities, etc.; improvement of present state resources and systems; the training of librarians and information specialists; coordination of present federal programs; involvement of the private sector; an agency to oversee the federal program; and a nationwide network with a shared communication system and common standards. Since the nationwide network is a major consideration of NCLIS, the responsibilities of the federal government in implementing the program are detailed, and the supporting roles of state governments, the private sector, and the Library of Congress are outlined. (LS)
Descriptors: Communications, Computers, Copyrights, Federal Programs, Information Networks, Information Systems, Libraries, Library Automation, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Planning, National Programs, Program Proposals, Technology, Telecommunications
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 5203-00046; $1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.