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The Library's budget request for fiscal year 2001 -- $428.1 million in net appropriations and $33.6 million in authority to use receipts -- supports the Library's mission to make its resources available and useful in the 21st century. This is a net increase of 11.4 percent over fiscal 2000. A major part of this increase ($16.6 million) is needed to fund mandatory pay raises (driven largely by the January 2001 pay raise of 3.7 percent) and unavoidable price-level increases; $27.1 million is needed to meet critical, growing workload increases (net of program decreases). The Library is requesting an increase of 192 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions -- from 4,076 to 4,268 FTEs. Even with this increase, the Library's FTEs would still be fewer by 281 FTEs or 6.2 percent lower than in fiscal year 1992 (see attachment 1). The Library has been doing more with less since 1992, but the tidal wave of Internet activity now imposes a level of workload that requires the Library to rebuild a portion of its workforce that has been reduced or funded privately since 1992.

The Library will use its Bicentennial in the year 2000 more to leave a legacy for the future than to celebrate our past. We invite the Congress and the nation to join with us in celebrating our 200th birthday, which is being done largely with private funds. At the start of our third century, we ask the Congress to support the increase in resources required to meet the new mission-driven workloads brought on by the Internet age. Funding our fiscal 2001 budget request will enable the Library to sustain its basic, traditional services while comprehensively addressing its inescapable, digital future. We hope the Congress will continue its historic and fruitful investment in the Library as it enters its third century of serving the nation's legislators and their












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-The Library of Congress Today

The core of the Library is its incomparable collections -- and the specialists who interpret and share them. The Library's 119 million items include almost all languages and media through which knowledge and creativity are preserved and communicated. The Library has more than 27 million items in its print collections, including 5,700 volumes printed before the year 1500; 12 million photographs; 4 million maps, 2 million audio recordings; 800,000 motion pictures, including the earliest movies ever made; 4 million pieces of music; 53 million pages of personal papers and manuscripts, including those of 23 Presidents of the United States as well as hundreds of thousands of scientific and government documents.

New treasures are added each year. Notable acquisitions during fiscal year 1999 include: Harry Blackmun Papers and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Papers more than 600,000 new items of these Supreme Court Justices; Marian Carson Collection - 10,000 papers and documents relating to the early history of the U.S.; Bronislava Nijinska Collection – multi-medial collection of the noted ballet choreographer; Carte de Canada et des Etats Unis de l'Amerique - the first map (1778) to recognize the independence of the U.S.; Persian Manuscript Celestial

Globe - ca. 1650; The First American Haggadah – published in New York City, 1837;

337 issues of the important Revolutionary American newspaper Claypoole's Daily Advertiser, 1791-1793; the extraordinary J. Arthur Wood, Jr. Collection of Cartoon and Caricature -40,000 works by more than 3,000 artists; Victor Hammer Archives the works of one of the great hand-press printers, print makers, and type designers of


the 20th century; and Politica by Aristotle (Cologne, 1492) -- the earliest printed version

of Aristotle's work to become available in the West.

Every workday, the Library's staff adds more than 10,000 new items to the collections after organizing and cataloging them and finds ways to share them with the Congress and the nation -- by providing on-line access across the nation, by assisting users in the Library's reading rooms, and by featuring the Library's collections in cultural


Major annual services include delivering more than 550,000 congressional research responses and services, processing more than 600,000 copyright claims, and circulating more than 22 million audio and braille books and magazines free to blind and physically handicapped individuals all across America. We annually catalog more than 250,000 books and serials and provide the bibliographic record inexpensively to the Nation's libraries, saving them an estimated $268 million annually.

The Library also provides free on-line access, via the Internet, to its automated information files, which contain more than 75 million records -- to Congressional offices, Federal agencies, libraries, and the public. Internet-based systems include major world-wide-web (www) services (e.g, Legislative Information System, THOMAS, LC-web, Global Legal Information Network), the Library of Congress On-line Public Access Catalog (, and various file transfer options.

The Library of Congress programs and activities are funded by four salaries and expenses (S&E) appropriations which support congressional services, national library services, copyright administration, library services to blind and physically handicapped

people, and management support. A separate appropriation funds furniture and


Digital Futures Initiative (National On-Line Library)

The Library of Congress is committed to bringing America's story -- in all its variety -- to everyone, whether at work, in their homes, in schools, or in libraries. We realize that the fiscal year 2001 budget request of $21.3 million for our digital futures initiative represents a significant increase in resources. However, the need for a bumpup in our appropriations has emerged inescapably from our extended internal review of the Library's digital future needs to support additional domestic and international digital content ($7,590,392), to implement the critical technology backbone ($11,049,182), and to enhance the educational outreach access services begun by the NDLP ($2,644,205). We must make permanent the National Digital Library/American Memory effort by assuring that the priceless technical know-how and substantive knowledge acquired by the staff and now embedded in this program are retained and deployed for the National On-Line Library of the future. Fiscal year 2000 marks the end of the initial five-year digitization program at the Library, which was funded by both public and private funds. As the Library now moves to build and sustain a core set of on-line services for the nation, the NDLP's technically skilled staff has to be funded on a permanent basis. If we are not able to retain these talented - and, by now, uniquely experienced - people, we will simply not be able to continue servicing the new national constituency we have built. Indeed, without this cadre of professionals, the Library will not be able to begin the long overdue work of capturing and making usable for the

Congress materials created by others that are now increasingly available only in electronic form.

The Library must tackle the unprecedented challenges posed by ever-changing digital content embedded in rapidly changing technologies. The Library has been deeply studying the complex problem of preserving and accessing digital materials. But unless the Library can retain the professionals that it has already uniquely trained, there is little chance that the Library will be able to find and hire the people needed to deal with this problem for many years to come. The Library simply must have the people and the resources to build a state-of-the-art software, hardware and telecommunications technology backbone able to support and make accessible the electronic materials that Congress and the nation will want in the future.

Finally, for the new millennium, the Library has a unique opportunity to become a global leader in digital information: the hub of an international network to advance education and understanding. Following the Congress's lead in establishing in the Library a "Meeting of the Frontiers" project with Russia, we have taken the first steps to create a global on-line library, using the Library's international materials to provide stunning digital images of America's dynamic interaction with the world. The Library is exploring partnerships with the world's great archives beginning with Spain.

- Computer Security

The Library's on-line services represent a critical infrastructure asset, which is vital to the operations of the Legislative Branch and the nation. But, the new age of Internet opportunities also brings with it the vulnerabilities of the Library's automated systems to intrusion and destruction. The Library's fiscal year 2001 budget requests

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