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From: Maria Pisa
Sent: Friday, August 16, 2002 2:45 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: USDA Seeks Comment on National Agricultural Library Report


Hi Susan,
We would appreciate your assistance in getting the below announcement
on the
FLICC and FedLib-L listservs.  --Many thanks, Maria

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For your information (please excuse duplicaton!):

http://www.nal.usda.gov/spevents/commentrelease.html/

USDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY REPORT

Susan McCarthy (301)504-5510
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BELTSVILLE, Md., AUG. 16, 2002 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture
has
issued the task force "Report on the National Agricultural Library
2001" for
30 days of public comment. USDA's National Agricultural Research,
Extension,
Education, and Economics Advisory Board will review and consider the
public
comments in developing specific recommendations for the future
management of
the National Agricultural Library.

The "Report on the National Agricultural Library 2001" is the work of a
task
force to assess the National Agricultural Library. The task force
studied
the mission, management, programs, and operation of the Library in
pursuit
of its legislated mandate to serve as the chief agricultural
information
resource of the United States.

The task force report is available on the World Wide Web from the
National
Agricultural Library Web site at http://www.nal.usda.gov/assessment/and
also
available for on-site review in the Reading Rooms of the National
Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD and the D.C. Reference Center,
Room
1052, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-7201. Notice
of
the public comment period was published in the Federal Register on
Friday,
August 16, 2002.

Comments concerning the task force Report may be sent by mail, fax, or
E-mail. To ensure full consideration, submit comments by September 16,
2002
to Susan McCarthy, Technical Information Specialist, USDA, ARS,
National
Agricultural Library, 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 203, Beltsville, MD
20705-2351 or by FAX: 301-504-6951. Submit electronic comments to
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The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and
Economics
Advisory Board advises the Department of Agriculture and its
land-grant
university partners on relevant policies and priorities and their
effectiveness. The Advisory Board also provides customer input in
strategic
planning for the USDA Research, Education, and Economics mission area.

The National Agricultural Library is one of four national libraries and
the
principal source in the United States for information about food,
agriculture, and natural resources. The Library's expert staff, large
and
accessible collections, and leadership role in information services
and
technology applications make it the world's foremost agricultural
library.
The Library is part of the Agricultural Research Service, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.