ERIC Number: EJ930062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-1
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Congress Creates Super Federal Library Agency
Steere, Paul J.
Library Journal, v135 n6 p18-21 Apr 2010
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the Senate passed the controversial Federal Library Agency Act (FLAA) on a nearly unanimous voice vote, sending it to President Obama for his expected signature. The House had passed it in February with a two-thirds majority. The FLAA creates a new mandate by combining federal library functions scattered throughout the government into a single unique agency. Using existing funding from departmental budgets, it forms a new domestic federal library attack dog, the Federal Library Agency (FLA) and its overseas arm, the Institute for International Study of Societies (IISS). Although initially south of revenue neutral, the act will purportedly save millions of dollars over the next decade and improve the services offered. In brief, the FLAA transfers to the new agency most library and many related information program responsibilities in both executive and legislative branches at home and abroad. It establishes central authority over federal library programs and consolidates various international library activities. Commentators say it is a win-win for all concerned, but several departments are nursing serious bruising. Hardest hit is the Department of Defense (DOD), as the FLA absorbs responsibility for all domestic and overseas military service libraries--army, air force, navy, marines, and coast guard--as well as libraries with DOD Dependent Schools (DODDS).
Descriptors: Government Libraries, Library Administration, Library Development, Library Materials, Library Services, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Consortia, Library Networks, Shared Resources and Services, Performance Factors, Access to Information, Public Agencies
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