ERIC Number: ED359978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Libraries and Library Services. Field Hearing before the Committee on House Administration and Joint Committee on the Library. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session (Lumberton, North Carolina, September 21, 1992).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on House Administration.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Joint Committee on the Library.
To learn first hand how the libraries of North Carolina, especially public libraries, function in spite of budget cuts, a hearing was held in Lumberton (North Carolina) to hear the testimony of interested parties from the state and national levels and specifically from the congressional district of southeastern North Carolina. While library budgets are being drastically cut, costs continue to rise, as the witnesses attest. At this hearing, the Library of Congress introduced "American Memory," a project that will use compact discs and laser video disks to make important collections from the Library of Congress available to researchers, teachers, students, and the public at local libraries and schools. American Memory, which will eventually exist as an online resource, is the library of the future. A demonstration of the technology and search strategies of American Memory was presented. Twenty-three other witnesses addressed the hearing, including representatives of the American Library Association; representatives of state, academic, public, and depository libraries; and patrons and users of the local county library. Additional submissions for the record include letters. (SLD)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Hearings, Library Collections, Library Cooperation, Library Expenditures, Library Materials, Library Services, Online Systems, Operating Expenses, Optical Data Disks, Public Libraries, Retrenchment, Systems Development, United States History
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on House Administration.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Joint Committee on the Library.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina