In areas where many agencies have offices and are located in close proximity (such as, DC, NYC, Longmont, CO, etc.) why not share librarians, reference and research materials. I see many federal libraries and information centers shutting down because they can no longer afford these full services. Yet, the research needs of the staff remain and are often increasing. Why not pool resources into one Federal reference and ...more »
Institute annual membership fees of $ 5.00 per individual and $ 10.00 per family to help generate income for libraries. Libraries have grown and most offer internet, computer services and movie check outs. All of these services plus all of the books and librarians and lastly the cost of the building maintenance aren't free to run.
The United States should encourage employees to publish research in low cost, accessible resources online, like government agencies and non-profit organizations series publications. Publishing by using commercial entities is costing the Federal Government a lot of money. Academic institutions are taking action by encouraging faculty not to publish in the expensive commercial journals, why not the Federal agencies? Access ...more »
Why don't all federal libraries (not base libraries) have a head federal library and a central location for all types of databases. Something simliar to a university type system. Or perhaps even coordinating with a University to be able to utilize their database resources. Small libraries don't have enough budget to buy some of the databases they need and depend on end of year funds left over. It would be great if ...more »