|Title:||The Impact Of Federal Legislation On Academic Libraries
|Subject(s):||Federal aid to libraries --United States
|Abstract:||Federal aid to libraries is a fairly recent phenomenon in the
library field. Librarians began their first serious bid for some funds
to help extend library services to rural areas just after World War II
and, after about a decade of effort, succeeded in getting the first Library
Services Act in 1956 which thus became the first of a considerable
body of federal legislation dealing with libraries of various
As I try to describe the impact of the various bills on a particular
type of library in this instance, the academic library an important
consideration must be kept in mind; namely, that a bill for
one area which paves the way for or influences the action on a subsequent
bill relating to another area provides an impact on this second
area which is just as vital and real as if the bill had been originally
designed for that area.
This certainly is the case with the Library Services Act. Then
few seemed really interested in libraries: no administration would
put the item in its budget, sponsors had to be searched out and persuaded,
and even many of our friends were hesitant to come out and
vote for libraries, partly because many still did not realize what
books and libraries could do and what they could mean to people.
Apparently almost no one at that time anticipated how popular
library legislation would become, and it was not until about five years
ago, when the extension of the Library Services Act was voted out of
the House Rules Committee by the most overwhelming vote ever
given such a measure in the House, that people in and out of Congress,
including the Administration, suddenly realized it was a popular
thing to support libraries. From there on, library bills have
multiplied and have been Administration bills, and the question has
been not whether or not to support, but how much and how wide the
application will be.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Citation Info:||In W.Ladley (ed). 1966. Federal legislation for libraries : papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 6-9, 1966. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 33-40.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (13th : 1966)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1966.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16