ERIC Number: ED456806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Assessment of the Proposed Closure of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS): A Report to the President and the Congress.
Horton, Forest Woody, Ed.; Kadec, Sarah T., Ed.
This document reports on an NCLIS (National Commission on Libraries and Information Science) study of the proposal to close NTIS (National Technical Information Service) and shift its paper, microfiche, digital archives, and bibliographic database to the Library of Congress. The report documents the results of research, interviews, public meetings, government meetings, and other fact and opinion gathering efforts, and spells out specific findings, conclusions, and the following recommendations: (1) NTIS be retained for the balance of FY (Fiscal Year) 2000 and extending into FY 2001, in order to give NCLIS enough time to study the pros/cons and costs/benefits of feasible alternatives; (2) the Department of Commerce be allowed to utilize its budget request to keep NTIS operational for the remainder of FY 2000 at a satisfactory level of staffing and service instead of using those funds to further downsize and close the agency; (3) Congress should authorize an appropriation of 5 million dollars for FY 2001 to sustain NTIS at a necessary satisfactory level of service and allow NCLIS to complete its in-depth analysis; and (4) the final decision on how best to deal with the NTIS situation should not be made exclusively on the ground of preventing NTIS from falling into a deficit because of a requirement that operating costs be recovered primarily through the collection of fees. Several attachments support the findings. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.