Resolution Commending the Library of Congress for Restoring its International Lending Program


Whereas, The Library of Congress suspended international lending in 1993 as a result of severe budget cuts; and

Whereas, The Library of Congress will resume international lending on a limited basis beginning February 1, 1996, because of technological improvements in lending delivery systems and reductions in overseas delivery charges; and

Whereas, The Library's Loan Division will begin accepting on-line Interlibrary Loan requests from non-U.S. libraries participating in OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.'s and Research Libraries Group's lending systems; and

Whereas, International lending is an important aspect of national library service which contributes to the free flow of information across national borders and to strong ties and good relationships with our colleagues overseas, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the American Library Association commends the Library of Congress for initiating the resoration of international interlibrary lending through cooperation with OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and Research Libraries Group.

ADOPTED BY THE
COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
January 24, 1996

Elizabeth Martinez,
Secretary to the ALA Council

 

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