Current Developments in Federal Support for Libraries in The United States

Current Developments in Federal Support for Libraries in The United States by CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT In early September 1975 representatives of several important library and information science groups met at the White House with officials of the Ford administration to discuss the problems of financing library services in the United States today. The meeting was worthy of note, though little of substance was discussed, because it represented the first overture in five years from a Republican administration that has repeatedly argued in its budget presentations to»Congress that the federal government should not spend money to support public and academic libraries across the country. Throughout the Nixon years the spokesmen for the administration had insisted that supporting library service was a responsibility of state and local governments and not of the national government. Indeed, since 1969 officials in the U. S. Office of Education, which administers the three major federal programs that provide grants for libraries, had each year asked Congress specifically not to provide money in the budget for the library programs authorised in law.1 But Congress, not the President, has the final say on the federal budget. After the White House submits its budget to the House of Representatives in January the Congressmen on the appropriations committee hear witnesses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Services de Gruyter

Current Developments in Federal Support for Libraries in The United States

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de Gruyter
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0024-2667
eISSN
1865-8423
DOI
10.1515/libr.1976.26.2.96
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by CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT In early September 1975 representatives of several important library and information science groups met at the White House with officials of the Ford administration to discuss the problems of financing library services in the United States today. The meeting was worthy of note, though little of substance was discussed, because it represented the first overture in five years from a Republican administration that has repeatedly argued in its budget presentations to»Congress that the federal government should not spend money to support public and academic libraries across the country. Throughout the Nixon years the spokesmen for the administration had insisted that supporting library service was a responsibility of state and local governments and not of the national government. Indeed, since 1969 officials in the U. S. Office of Education, which administers the three major federal programs that provide grants for libraries, had each year asked Congress specifically not to provide money in the budget for the library programs authorised in law.1 But Congress, not the President, has the final say on the federal budget. After the White House submits its budget to the House of Representatives in January the Congressmen on the appropriations committee hear witnesses

Journal

Libri - International Journal of Libraries and Information Servicesde Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1976

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