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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
May 15, 1968.
House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. DEAR GEORGE: The House Office Building Commission today approved a request to assign and subdivide 1,566 square feet at 2360 Rayburn House Office Building for the occupancy and use of this committee. A detailed plan of the subdivision is attached. The Architect's estimated cost of the entire project is $25,000.
The requested space is only slightly larger than that presently assigned. It is, however, unlike the present space, adaptable to proper storage of the financial lisclosure records, which will shortly be required, and to conversational security. The sensitivity of matters that might be expected to come before this committee nakes these considerations most important.
In order that the work may go forward, it is respectfully requested that provision for this expenditure be made in the legislative branch appropriation pill now under consideration by your subcommittee. Under the most favorable iming, occupancy could not be expected before early next year.
If I may supply additional information or appear before your subcommittee on behalf of this request, I shall be happy to do so. With kindest personal regards. Sincerely,
MELVIN PRICE, Chairman. NOTE.- Detailed layout plan referred to omitted here.
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been carried for a number of years and which you propose be continued in 1969 without change.
The first one relates to expenses of investigating the loyalty of Library employees. What do you do under this authority, if any. thing, and what have you turned up in recent times?
Mr. MUMFORD. As a part of the general program of the Government each employee is checked as far as a national agency checks concerned. This means information the Civil Service Commission: may have available or may obtain. If derogatory information regarding the employee is shown or developed, a further investigatioe may be initiated. This is a part of the general security program that was begun under President Truman and later was continued with some modification by President Eisenhower under Executive Order 10450.
Mr. STEED. What use do you make of the provisions for special an! temporary services?
Dr. MUMFORD. This provision is used to employ specialists for ten: porary periods of time, such as nurses. We may have a nurse why works 4 hours in the evening and is not employed as a full-time regular employee. Sometimes it includes special technicians, when it is not viewed as a continuing position on a full-time basis.
Mr. STEED. To what extent do you use the services as authorized 5 U.S.C. 3109 and what are the provisions as to payment under thxo provision?
Dr. MUMFORD. This is authority to use occasionally the services consultants and experts we may bring in for a day or two to adri us on a particular thing. It may be to advise us regarding the weaknesses or strength of a particular subject collection and what we nee to do to improve it.
Mr. STEED. You are authorized to employ not to exceed 10 aliens. To what extent does the Library make use of this authority?
Dr. MUMFORD. At the present time we have eight in this category. This provision was made originally to enable us to obtain aliens whers we could not find citizens with the qualifications necessary. Usual: they are in the linguistic field.
Mr. STEED. You also have a provision for reimbursing the Star Department for medical services rendered to Library of Congress em ployees stationed abroad, which I assume is an administrative ana facilitating provision. In addition to those engaged in the special foreign currency program, do you have any other employees involved in this?
Dr. MUMFORD. Yes. We have some personnel abroad under title II of the Higher Education Act. In this program we have made arrang ments with the national bibliographies abroad to provide their catsloging so that we do not have to do the complete job of cataloging her in Washington, and in several places it has been necessary to have a American employee, but the total number is limited in both the Pubb Law 480 and the special foreign currency program. ". Mr. STEED. In the matter of purchasing or hiring passenger motr vehicles, what is involved ?
Mr. WELSH. We have 16 overseas offices and utilize 11 vehicles: those offices, such as jeeps and small trucks, to pick up materials are acquiring. It is usually necessary to pick up these materials.
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Mr. STEED. Dr. Mumford, do you have any further comments you vould like to make ?
Dr. MUMFORD. I would like to make one additional brief statement.
In recognition of the national fiscal situation we have tried to keep our requests to bare minimum. All of the items are urgently needed but [ would like to emphasize there is the greatest need, in additions to the ho mandatory increases, for moving forward on the third building oy having the money for the final working drawings and specifications. As you know, this does not relate to construction.
The second item of top priority would be to be able to continue with sur automation program, because this is our best hope of being able o control the vast volume of material which is being collected and o diseminate information about it.
Mr. STEED. Gentlemen, on behalf of the committee I want to express ny appreciation for your cooperation.
Dr. MUMFORD. Mr. Chairman, for myself and my colleagues may I xpress my appreciation for your patience and attention.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Mr. STEED. The subcommittee is in receipt of a letter from the Amerian Library Association expressing support for certain fiscal 1969 budget items for the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents. They ask that we incorporate ho material in our hearings and, without objection, we will do that. (The material follows:)
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION,
Chicago, I., April 25, 1968. Hon. GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Chairman, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, House Committee on Appropria
tions, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. ANDREWS: On behalf of the American Library Association, may I request that the attached statement be made a part of the record of the hearings being held currently by your Subcommittee on appropriations for the Legislative Branch for fiscal year 1969. Sincerely,
GERMAINE KRETTEK, Director, ALA Washington Ofice.
STATEMENT BY GERMAINE KRETTEK, ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMERICAN
LIBRARY ASSOCIATION The American Library Association, an organization of over 39,000 librarians ind laymen devoted to the devlopment of library services for this Nation, appreiates the opportunity to file a statement on the legislative branch appropriaions for fiscal year 1969. The Association wishes to urge favorable consideraion on three items: One, the Library of Congress budget requests; two, the $2.8 million item in the budget of the Architect of the Capitol to continue work in the James Madison Memorial Library of Congress Building; and three, ade juate funds for fiscal year 1969 to implement the requirements of the Depository Library Act of 1962.
The effective operation of the Library of Congress is of the utmost importance 100 only to the Congress but also to American libraries. The services of the Library of Congress to the Nation are innumerable, and, while the ALA stands behind the entire program of the Library, it would like to make special refer!nce to certain of these national services.
AUTOMATION PROGRAM First, the automation program. It is the conviction of the American Library Association that the efforts of libraries throughout this country to apply con puter technology to their operations will, to a large extent, be dependent upor the Library of Congress' success in this field. The pilot project to provide machine-readable cataloging data to libraries on an experimental basis ha: been met with a great deal of enthusiasm by the participating libraries. The second phase of this program-MARC II-holds even greater promise. The format prepared and developed by the Library's automation experts was ar cepted as a proposed national standard by two ALA divisions during its 1:** midwinter conference. The extension of the MAR II program, with the dis tribution of more and more cataloging information on magnetic tape, and the appropriation of funds requested by the Library for its overall automatie program are imperative if libraries are to keep pace with the information explosion.
SPECIAL FOREIGN CURRENCY BOOK PROCUREMENT The Public Law 480 book procurement program, which utilizes United States-owned foreign currencies, can be described as a model for the coopertive acquisition of books and other materials from foreign lands. Since Cozgress first approved funding for this program in 1961, over 8 million items in portant to researcch have been acquired for libraries in all 50 States of the Union. The ALA urges strongly that your subcommittee approve the request for this program.
CATALOG CARD SALES The Library's catalog card distribution program is essential to the library economy of this Nation. Funds requested for this operation are returned in ful: to the U.S. Treasury and the Association strongly commends the request befort you in order that the speed and efficiency of the program will not be impaired by the ever-increasing workload resulting from orders by American libraries free catalog cards.
BOOKS FOR BLIND AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED Certainly no librarian in this country can forget library service to the blind and physically handicapped. The Congress has been generous in its support the national books for the blind and physically handicapped program and the Association urges you to continue this support.
MADISON MEMORIAL LIBRARY BUILDING The American Library Association has gone on record as strongly supportici the Library of Congress need for a third building and the appropriation of funds to insure this end. At its Midwinter meeting in January, the Association adopta the following resolution:
Be it resolved, That the American Library Association, a professional organixtion with a membership of more than 37,000, hereby urges the Congress of the United States to take immediate action to make appropriations to further the construction of the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building in the interest of economy and efficiency, because, due to escalation in prices, ant delay only adds to the cost of the building, which is generally recognized as essential. Funds now necessarily being expended for rental space could be saved and services vital to the library world, the research community and the prohr would not be endangered because of lack of appropriate space; THEREFORE OF American Library Association calls upon the Congress to act swiftly in the national interest on behalf of the Library of Congress, which serves as the national library of the United States and whose services are central and essentia to the welfare of the Nation's libraries and all the people they serve.
We cannot stress too strongly the necessity for this building if the Library Congress is to be truly a library for the Nation, if it is to serve libraries communities throughout the land. As the situation now stands, overcrowdis and dispersement of activities are hampering the Library's services and efficien Escalation in construction costs coupled with the bill for rental space are start reminders that economy will not be served by delay in appropriating the im
DEPOSITORY LIBRARY PROGRAM
Finally, to continue the operation and development of the Nation's depository ibrary program, the Association recommends that the subcommittee provide he $1.879 million recommended in the 1969 Federal budget to enable the Superntendent of Documents to further the implementation of this essential program, Tuthorized by the Depository Library Act of 1962.
Federal funds allocated to this program of making Government-produced facts Lvailable to all who need them are an investment in an important share of the jovernment's output of information resources. One of the main objectives of lepository libraries is to assist the taxpayer in his search for current and reliable lata, The benefits derived from this activity accrue, in turn, to business, industry, cience, research, and ultimately to the United States as a whole. By developing ind increasing the number of designated depository libraries, Congress will be trengthening the country's information network.
In addition to GPO publications, other prime sources of objective information, hich contribute to the depository library knowledge bank, are the so-called lon-GPO documents. These are publications printed by Federal departments and gencies outside the Government Printing Office. They are the results, in many ases, of Government research and study, and contain data of great value for he users of libraries. These documents should be distributed as part of the lepository library system.
In view of the preceding facts concerning the great value of these programs ind services to the Nation, it is urged that the subcommittee approve the budget 'equests of the Library of Congress, allow the budget item for the continuance of work on the James Madison Memorial Library of Congress building, and Luthorize adequate funds for the implementation of the Depository Library Act f 1962
ADDITIONAL HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING PROJECT
FURTHER PROPOSED REMODELING ITEMS, FISCAL YEAR 1969 (CLERK'S NOTE.——The following proposals for consideration in conrection with the budget for 1969 were submitted after the close of the ormal hearings:)
ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL,
Washington, D.C., May 16, 1968. Ion. GEORGE W. ANDREWS, 'hairman, Legislative Subcommittee, Touse Committee on Appropriations, Vashington, D.C.
MY DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: When I appeared before your committee on (arch 28, 1968, I presented a justification of a budget estimate of $6,975,000, subnitted through the Bureau of the Budget at the direction of the House Office building Commission, for remodeling the Longworth House Office Building and ther work necessary in connection therewith, detailed on pages 256 and 257 of he House hearings.
When I appeared before your committee on April 2, 1968, I presented to your ommittee items of work, estimated to cost $700,000, necessary to be done in the scal year 1969 in the three House Office Buildings and the Congressional Hotel i the event the Longworth remodeling program is deferred, detailed on page 298 f the House hearings.
FIREARMS PRACTICE RANGE FOR THE CAPITOL POLICE, RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE
One of the items included in the estimate of $700,000 was $113,500 for installaon of a firearms practice range for the Capitol Police in the lowest garage level
the Rayburn Building, which would cause the loss of only about eight parking aces. This item was not included in the remodeling estimate of $6,975,000. At e hearings, you will recall, we stated that this item had not been heard by the ouse Office Building Commission, but that we understood the Commission viewed sympathetically. At a meeting of the House Office Building Commission, yesterday, the Com(ission unanimously endorsed the proposal for installing a firearms practice