Magazine article American Libraries

LC, GPO Present Budget Requests

Magazine article American Libraries

LC, GPO Present Budget Requests

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The Legislation Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing January 27 on the FY2001 budget for the House's administration, including the budget of the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress James Billington and Deputy Librarian of Congress Donald Scott presented a budget request of $428.1 million, with $33.6 million requested in authority to use receipts. Billington stated that part of the requested increase was needed to fund mandatory pay increases and an increase of employees.

Billington described the library's Digital Futures Plan, intended to bridge the gap between the information haves and have-nots, and announced that Spain and Italy would be participating in joint projects with LC in the next year to share digitized material. He told the subcommittee that LC knew of 36 possible collaborations with libraries that have unique content but no funding to digitize the material. Billington also thanked the subcommittee and Congress for passing the legislation required to celebrate LC's bicentennial year in 2000 and for being the "greatest single library patron."

Scott spoke of the security plan and the four levels of inventory that LC is currently implementing. The new integrated library system has made it possible to do inventory control, he noted, and other security measures for the collection were under way.

GPO testifies

On February 1, Public Printer Michael DiMario and Superintendent of Documents Francis Buckley presented the Government Printing Office's FY2001 budget request to the subcommittee. …

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