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$3.8 million (13 percent of increase) for additional collections storage. With our general collections expanding at the rate of 300,000 volumes each year, the Library proposes that current Landover, Maryland, warehouse space be converted to collections storage. Moving conventional warehousing activities currently accommodate collections growth over the next five to seven years and satisfy our needs until either the Architect of the Capitol has the capability to store Library collections and publications or alternative long-range plans are developed. Without this new storage space, Library services will become increasingly inefficient as

materials will need to be shifted or stored in locations that are not accessible or secure.

► $3.5 million (11.9 percent of increase) for health and safety items. The Library needs to bring up to

acceptable contemporary standards the working conditions of 1,100 staff members who spend at least 50
percent of their time using video display terminals (VDT's). To prevent VDT-related health problems, the
Library is requesting ergonomic equipment and furniture. The request also includes funds to enhance the
security of the staff, collections, and buildings by providing for the use of metal detectors and X-ray equipment.

► $.8 million (2.7 percent of increase) for initial funding for a National Center for Science and Technology

Information Services as a service both to the Congress and to the productive private sector. To improve the
Library's services in support of science and technology decision-making, we are requesting additional funding
(1) to improve the collections of traditional and electronic science and technology materials and (2) to establish
a National Center for Science and Technology Information Services to make these and other relevant materials
more readily available to Congress and the public. The center will provide important services to the Library's
national constituency, enabling the Congress, through its library, to improve the nation's science and
technology information capabilities so important to the productivity and competitiveness of U.S. industry.

$.5 million (1.7 percent of increase) for greater use of commercial data bases by the Congressional Research
Service. These data bases improve staff productivity and timeliness of responses to congressional inquiries and
provide access to proprietary models dealing with significant social policy issues.


► $.5 million (1.7 percent of increase) for telecommunications cabling. Implementation of a modern premise

distribution system with fiber-based wiring - in the Library's Madison building is essential to support new
automated systems and bring the building that houses most of our staff up to the standard now available in the
renovated Thomas Jefferson and John Adams buildings.

► $.5 million (1.7 percent of increase) for participation in the public transportation program as provided by

section 629 (a) of Public Law 101-509. This law permits the Library to participate in the Metropool program
sponsored by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The law's purpose is to
encourage more ridership on public transportation and provide employees with a tax-free benefit of up to $21

per month.

► $.4 million (1.3 percent of increase) to strengthen automation staff support throughout Constituent Services.

Research and reference services are becoming increasingly automation driven, requiring staff to implement and utilize modern automated techniques efficiently and effectively.

► $.2 million (.6 percent of increase) for rebuilding vital areas of the Law Library, including filling key

automation support positions to facilitate access to foreign legal databases and to make effective use of computer equipment.

All of these requests support the Library's mission of actively supplying the Congress and the American people

with needed knowledge and information. Providing nationwide access to the Library's unique range of materials and its

subject expertise represented in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff can enhance both our educational system at home

and our ability to prosper in a harshly competitive world economy.

In response to the Conference Report (102-176) accompanying the Legislative Branch appropriation act of 1992

(P.L. 102-90), this budget begins to phase out the subsidy for the catalog, card service by a $319,000 reduction. Plans are


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underway for an informational campaign to identify alternative card services for those libraries still needing printed


safety of our staff. This budget represents an essential step in continuing to rebuild the Library and will enable us to

make the unique contributions

that only this Library can make -- to the Congress and the American people.

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The Library of Congress has the following major missions:

to assemble and preserve a universal collection of human knowledge, information, and expression; to make its material and human resources continually available and useful to the Congress of the United States; to make its resources maximally accessible and serviceable to the American people and their libraries; and to facilitate and celebrate free intellectual creativity by all people on all subjects.


Underlying the operation of any organization are institutional values that define its culture and shape its actions. The seven values of the Library of Congress are:

Service: The Library provides the best service feasible to its constituents and to the persons and organizations that comprise the Library

Quality: The Library provides the best quality feasible in every aspect of its activities, no matter how large or how small.

Effectiveness: All Library activities are designed to accomplish its missions. Optimal results are achieved through efficient use of


Innovation: The Library constantly seeks, tests, and employs new and creative methods of improving its services and the use of its


Fairness: The Library is fair in its treatment of staff and users, and it respects all persons and takes measures to ensure equal treatment and opportunity in all of its activities.

Participation: The Library encourages and supports widespread staff participation in the planning, implementation, and ongoing evaluation and improvement of its programs and activities.

Staff Development: The Library ensures that it has the human resources appropriate to conduct its programs by encouraging and supporting staff excellence, and it takes measures to promote and foster superior performance, leadership development, individual growth, job satisfaction, and opportunities for career development.

Library of Congress Fiscal 1993 Budget Request

$29.4 Million

Total Increase

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