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About National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science was established as an independent commission within the Executive branch by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Act (Pub. L. 91-345) on July 20, 1970.
The role of the Commission was to advise the President and Congress on matters relating to library and information policies and plans. It was responsible for developing or recommending overall plans for the provision of library and information services adequate to meet the needs of the people of the United States.
In Fiscal Year 2007–2008 appropriations, the Commission received limited funding and instructions to terminate its operations. Activities were consolidated under the IMLS, and the Commission office closed on March 30, 2008.
Centers of Excellence at the UF Libraries
The University of Florida Library's Government Documents Department is actively collecting and cataloging the publications of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) toward the creation of a Southeastern Center of Excellence (COE).
The COE program seeks to provide workable solutions to address the increasing cost of managing, preserving, and providing access to large collections of Federal government publications through the creation of several comprehensive collections, of U.S. government information from each Federal government agency. Built upon the foundation of existing holdings at Federal Depository libraries, these collections will become more complete with assistance from both Regionals, libraries who collect government information comprehensively, and Selectives, libraries who collect government information selectively, in the ten ASERL states.
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