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24. The Role of Professional Associations in the National

Program for Library and Information Services-Roderick
G. Swartz, Formerly Deputy Director, National Commis-

sion on Libraries and Information Science 25. The Role of Not-For-Profit Discipline-Oriented Informa

tion-Accessing Services in a National Program for Library and Information Services—Fred A. Tate, Assistant Director for Planning and Development, Chemical Ab

stracts Service 26. The Impact of Machine-Readable Data Bases on Library

and Information Services—Martha Williams, Director, Information Retrieval Research Laboratory, University

of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 27. The Role of The United States Book Exchange in the

Nationwide Library and Information Services Network,
Alice Dulany Ball, Executive Director, The United States
Book Exchange, Inc.

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To establish a National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and

for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may National be cited as the "National Commission on Libraries and Information Commission on Science Act”.

Libraries and

Information
STATEMENT OF POLICY

Soience Aot. Sec. 2. The Congress hereby affirms that library and information services adequate to meet the needs of the people of the United States are essential to achieve national goals and to utilize most effectively the Nation's educational resources and that the Federal Government will cooperate with State and local governments and public and private agencies in assuring optimum provision of such services.

COMMISSION ESTABLISHED

Sec. 3. (a) There is hereby established as an independent agency within the executive branch, a National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (hereinafter referred to as the “Commission"). (b) The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare shall

pro vide the Commission with necessary administrative services (including those related to budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, personnel, and procurement) for

which payment shall be made in advance, or by reimbursement, from funds of the Commission and such amounts as may be agreed upon by the Commission and the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

84 STAT, 440

84 STAT. 441 CONTRIBUTIONS Sec. 4. The Commission shall have authority to accept in the name of the United States grants, gifts, or bequests of money for immediate disbursement in furtherance of the functions of the Commission. Such grants, gifts, or bequests, after acceptance by the Commission, shall be paid by the donor or his representative to the Treasurer of the United States whose receipts shall be their acquittance. The Treasurer of the United States shall enter them in a special account to the credit of the Commission for the purposes in each case specified.

FUNCTIONS

Sec. 5. (a) The Commission shall have the primary responsibility for developing or recommending overall plans for, and advising the Appropriate governments and agencies on, the policy set forth in section 2. In carrying out that responsibility, the Commission shall

(1) advise the President and the Congress on the implementa- Advice to tion of national policy by, such statements, presentations, and President and reports as it deems appropriate;

Co ugress. (2) conduct studies, surveys, and analyses of the library and Studies, surveys, informational needs of the Nation, including the special library etu. and informational needs of rural areas, of economically, socially, or culturally deprived persons, and of elderly persons, and the means by which these needs may be met through information centers, through the libraries of elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education, and through public, research, special, and other types of libraries;

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Report to
President and
Congress.

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July 20, 1970 (3) appraise the adequacies and deficiencies of current library and in fornition resources and services and evaluate the effective. ness of current library and information science programs;

(4) develop overall plans for meeting national library and informationai needs and for the coordination of activities at the Federal, State, and local levels, taking into consideration all of the library and informational resources of the Nation to meet those needs;

(5). Le authorized to advise Federal, State, local, and private agencies regarding library and information sciences;

(6) promote research and development activities which will extend and improve the Nation's library and informationhandling capability as essential links in the national communications networks;

(7) submit to the President and the Congress (not later than January 31 of each year) a report on its activities during the preceding fiscal year; and

(8) make and publish such additional reports as it deems to be necessary, including, but not limited to, reports of consultants, transcripts of testimony, summary reports, and reports of other Commission findings, studies, and recommendations. (b) The Commission is authorized to contract with Federal agencies and other public and private agefreies to carry out any of its functions under subsection (u) and to publish and disseminate such reports, findings, studies, and records as it deems appropriate.

(c) The Commission is further authorized to conduct such hearings at such times and places as it deenis appropriate for carrying out the purposes of this Act.

(d) The heads of all Federal agencies are, to the extent not prohibited by law, directed to cooperate with the Commission in carrying out the purposes of this Act.

Contract authority.

Hearings.

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MEMBERSHIP

Appointments by President.

Terms of orrioe.

Sec. 6. (a) The Commission shall be composed of the Librarian of Congress and fourteen members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Five members of the Commission shall be professional librarians or information specialists, and the remainder shall be persons having special competence or interest in the needs of our society for library and information services, at least one of whom shall be knowledgeable with respect to the technological aspects of library and information services and sciences, and at least one other of whom shall be knowledgeable with respect to the library and information service and science needs of the elderly. One of the members of the Commission shall be designated by the President as Chairman of the Commission. The terms of office of the appointive members of the Commission shall be five years, except that (i) the terms of office of the members first appointed shall commence on the date of enactment of this Act and shall expire two at the end of one year, three at the end of two years, three at the end of three years, three at the end of four years, and three at the end of five years, as designated by the President at the time of appointment, and (2) a member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term.

(b) Members of the Commission who are not in the regular full-time employ of the United States shall, while attending meetings or conferences of the Commission or otherwise engaged in the business of the Commission, be entitled to receive compensation at a rate fixed by the Chairman, but not exceeding the rate specified at the time of such

Compensation, travel expenses.

and technical

80 Stat. 378.

July 20, 1970

Pub. Law 91-345

84 STAT, 442 service for grade GS-18 in section 3332 of title å, l'nited States (ode, 35 F.R. 6247. including traveltime, and while so serving on the business of the commission a way from their homes or regular places of business, they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5763 of title 5, t'nited States Code, for persons 83 Stat. 190. employed interinittently in the Government service.

(c) (1) The Commission is authorized to appoint, without regard to Professional the provisions of title 5, United States ('ode, covering appointments in the competitive service, such professional and technical personnel as

personnel, may be necessary to enable it to carry out its function under this Act.

appointment, (2) The (onimission may procure, without regard to the civil service or classification laws, temporary and intermittent services of such personnel as is necessary to the extent authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, but at rates not to exceed the rate specified at the time of such service for grade GS-18 in section 5332 of title :), United States Code, including traveltime, and while so serving on the business of the Commission away from their homes or regular places of business they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title i, United States ('ode, for persons employed intermittently in the (overnment service.

JUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS Sec. 7. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated $500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1970, and $750,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971, and for each sucreeding year, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this lot.

Approved July 20, 1970,

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :

HOUSE REPORTS: No. 91-240 accompanying H. R. 10666 (Comm. on Education

and labor) and No. 91-1226 (Comm. of Conference). SENATE REPORT No. 91-196 (comm, on Labor and Public Welfare). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD:

Vol. 115 (1969): May 23, considered and passed Senate.
Vol. 116 (1970): April 20, considered and passed House, amended,

in lieu of H.R. 10666.
June 29, House agreed to conference report.
July 6, Senate agreed to conference report.

Appendix II
List of Commission Members

Andrew A. Aines, Senior Staff Associate, Office of Science Information Service, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. (1976) William O. Baker, President, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey (1975) Joseph Becker, President, Becker and Hayes Division, John Wiley and Sons, Los Angeles, California (1979) Frederick Burkhardt, President-Emeritus, American Council of Learned Societies, New York (1975) Daniel W. Casey, Immediate Past President, American Library Trustee Association, Syracuse, New York (1978) Harold C. Crotty, President, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, Detroit, Michigan (1977) Carlos A. Cuadra, General Manager, SDC Search Service, System Development Corporation, Santa Monica, California (1979) Leslie W. Dunlap, Dean, Library Administration, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa (1975) Martin Goland, President, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas (1977) Louis A. Lerner, Publisher, Lerner Home Newspapers, Chicago, Illinois (1977) John Lorenz (Ex Officio), The Acting Librarian of Congress, U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Bessie Boehm Moore, Coordinator, Economic and Environmental Education, State Department of Education, Little Rock, Arkansas (1978) Catherine D. Scott, Librarian, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1976) Julia Li Wu, Head Librarian, Virgil Junior High School, Los Angeles, California (1978) John E. Velde, Jr., Velde, Roelfs and Company, Pekin, Illinois (1979)

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