The contract for the federal technical information center which I manage will
expire during the first quarter of Y2K. The current contractor is no longer
eligible to bid on the contract. A local college has expressed an interest in
bidding for the contract. I vaguely remember this subject being discussed some
time ago and would like to hear comments from any federal library or TIC that
is currently contracted by a college or university. If there are academic
librarians that are members of this site and have shared experiences, I'd like
to hear from you, too.
I am especially interested in the relationship between the federal TIC and the
college/university library. If the staff at the federal TIC is considered to be
a faculty member are they govern by the policies/procedures of the school? Is
the TIC staff ever called upon to substitute for the academic staff? Does the
TIC operate as a 'branch' library?
Please address your responses directly to me unless you feel others are
interested in this subject as well.