Magazine article American Libraries

IMLS Gets Feedback on NCLIS Consolidation

Magazine article American Libraries

IMLS Gets Feedback on NCLIS Consolidation

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services released a summary September 13 of comments on its July draft plan to consolidate the policy functions of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) and the public and state library surveys of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) into its operations. The IMLS plan was a response to President Bush's proposal to centralize more federal library programs within the agency (AL, June/July, p. 9).

IMLS received 25 comments from national library and museum organizations (including ALA), state librarians, and interested members of the library community. Overall, the agency said, the commenters felt that "combining data collection, policy, and grant making in one agency would result in stronger federal support for library data collection and information policy."

Washington Office Associate Executive Director Emily Sheketoff submitted ALA's August 31 response, which said that the Association supported the IMLS consolidation plan because "it puts the responsibility for the federal government's development of domestic and international information and library policies in one agency. …

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