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The Purchase of Books program is administered by the Office of the Assistant Librarian for Processing
Management objectives for 1988 are to improve the quality of the Library's acquisitions and provide a
A total of $5,372,000 18 required to support this program in fiscal 1988. An increase of $856,000 1s requested to offset loss in purchasing power due to escalating book prices and the declining value of the U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies.
+ $ 856,000
Books and 11brary materials (GENPAC) . + $776,200
An increase of $856,000 is requested to maintain purchasing power for books and
Books & Library Materials (GENPAC) $3,980,500
Books & Library Materials (Law)
Purchase of Books
(1) Permanent positions .... 1300 $42,026,215 1300 (2) Indef. positions (U.S.) (2) 50,028 (6) (3) Indef. positions (local) (135) 1,317,751 (135)
1300 $43,393,994 1300 (137)
203,438 (+4)+ 153,410 1,317,751 $43, 547,404 +$ 153,410
The Preparation of Books activity is administered by the Office of the Assistant Librarian for Processing Services and provides for the preparation of books and other library materials for the collections of the Library of Congress. It includes the receipt and processing of materials from all over the world and the creation of the bibliographic records, which not only assure access to the Library's vast collections, but also provide basic bibliographic information in standard formats for libraries throughout the United States and the world. Other 11braries benefit from the extensive cataloging knowledge, linguistic skills and subject expertise of the Library's catalogers by purchasing the catalog cards, magnetic tapes, and book and microfiche catalogs from the Cataloging Distribution Service. Costly duplication of effort is thereby eliminated and research access to knowledge facilitated in all the nation's libraries.
In addition to the Preparation of Books, Processing Services administers the Purchase of Books and
Management objectives in fiscal 1988 are directed primarily to continuing the preparation of books at the current level, including continuation of our field operations for materials from Pakistan and Iran. addition, the Library requests support for the conversion of serials data to machine-readable form and for a three-year program to review and revise the cross reference structure in the Library of Congress Subject Headings list.
A total of $47,779,505 is required to accomplish these objectives in fiscal 1988. This represents an increase of $869,784 over fiscal 1987. of this amount, $415,634 is a transfer of funding responsibility ($88,474 for one position, $316,800 for local services, and $10,360 for non-personal services in the United States) from the Special Foreign Currency Program, including a 10 percent inflationary increase to meet rising costs in Pakistan. (This transfer concludes the Special Foreign currency program at the Library of Congress.) An increase of $200,000 18 required to support the ongoing conversion of seriale data to machine-readable form. An annual increase of $153,410 for a period of three years 1s requested to review and revise the Library's subject heading cross reference structure. The remaining $100,740 18 requested to meet inflationary increases in non-personal support services and in selected overseas programs.