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Attention Members of the Federal Library and Information Community:

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Library and Information
Center Committee (FLICC) is once again cooperating with Outsell, Inc.'s
(http://www.outsellinc.com) annual study, "The Changing Roles of Content
Deployment Functions."  This study, scheduled for release late next
week, is targeted at information professionals; knowledge management
professionals; market, competitive and business intelligence
professionals; librarians; training and learning professionals; and
portal managers.  It focuses on organization, budget, users, staff,
services, content management, content types, content deployment,
vendors, and strategic management.

FLICC has worked with Outsell in the design of the Web-based
questionnaire to ensure its relevancy to federal libraries. Our hope is
that a manager or administrator from every federal library and
information center will complete the study.  For those in headquarters
or central libraries, please forward this message on to your colleagues
in other agency libraries for their participation.

The results will provide valuable insights into the strategic direction
of government libraries and will update the findings of the last
official census of federal libraries, conducted in 1994. Because there
are no plans for another census in the foreseeable future, broad
participation in the Outsell survey is our best opportunity to learn
about the current state of federal libraries and information centers.
Outsell, Inc. will be providing federal respondents to the survey with a
copy of their government sector report.

In order to ensure that the data gathered is as complete and
representative as possible for all federal libraries and information
centers, FLICC strongly encourages your participation in this study.
Should you require the approval of your agency to participate in this
study, please initiate that process now.  Please note that responses to
the survey will be treated as confidential, will be reported only in the
aggregate, and will not be used for marketing purposes.

The survey will be available online during the first three weeks of
April.  Watch the FLICC listservs to learn the exact date of when the
study will open, how long it will be available, and what access
passwords are needed.

If you have any questions about the survey or if you would like more
information regarding this study, please send an email to
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Thank you for your help with this important project.


Sincerely,

Susan M. Tarr, Executive Director
Federal Library and Information Center Committee
The Library of Congress
Washington, DC  20540-4935