National Agricultural Library Assessment Report
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Appendix V
 
 
Comparison of Library Services: National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health Library and the National Agricultural Library
 
  NLM Library NIH Library NAL
Library Services
 

Note: NLM training primarily for librarians; NIH training primarily for end-user.
  • Cataloging
  • Preservation
  • Reference
  • Databases
  • Document Delivery
  • Extramural Funding
  • National Library Network
  • Publications
  • Training and Outreach
  • Online Searching
  • Research Updates
  • Translation
  • E-mail listserv
  • Custom services (journal management, clinical liaison, bibliographic databases, Web pages)
  • Training
  • Cataloging
  • Preservation
  • Reference
  • Databases / Indexing and Thesaurus Development
  • Document Delivery
  • Subject focused Information Centers
  • Publications
  • Training and Outreach
  • Current Awareness
Hours of Operation
(Holiday and seasonal variation in schedules)
*Reference assistance until 8:00 pm.
Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 8:30 am - 9:00 pm*
Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sun   Closed
Mon - Thu
   7:45 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Reference (M-F 8:30 - 5:00)
Photo Copy Service (M-Th 8 - 8; F 8-6; S 10 - 5; Su 1- 5)
Mon - Fri.
   8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 
On-site reference and circulation hours.
 
Closed Federal Holidays
Reference Services
in FY 2000
*NLM has a single point to process requests, the total includes enquires about products and services.
 
** Circulation requests for documents and books
Total:*   114,427
Onsite     51,456
Remote    62,871

Circulation**
Onsite   363,780
ILL       390,574

**Circulation of Documents and Books
Total:   44,328
Information Desk
(Reference):   12,617
 
Circulation Desk Information
Requests
(Call Number Look-up; availability of journals, etc.)
                        31,711
Total:   23,705
On & Off-site Mediated Reference Services
 
Circulation**
Document Delivery and ILL:
                        151,841
 
Web-based information delivery (hits):
                        11,830,876
Materials Budget
*FY 00 Budget
**Projected FY 01 budget;
Total:*   $5,370,797
Serials     4,374,230
Books        542,659
Non-Print   161,305
Historical     292,603
 
Non-Print does not include licencing access to secondary databases. NLM plans to increase licencing for more electronic materials in FY 01.
Total:**    $3,000,000
Serials         1,800,000
Books            200,000
Non-Print    1,000,000
 
Non-Print category includes electronic journal subscriptions and databases.
Total:**    $2,071,000
Serials         1,821,000
Books            250,000
Non-Print    See Below
 
Non-Print/electronic publication and database subscriptions are included in the Serials and Book budgets above and are estimated to be approximately $300,000. Correction made to the original report.
Customer Base
  • Health care providers, researchers, scholars, and students
  • librarians and information specialists
  • historians of medicine and science
  • general public
NIH library services are only available to current NIH employees
 
Primary audience 6-8,000 currently employed physicians and Ph.D. researchers.
  • Federal, state and local government officials
  • Researchers, including 2,000 ARS scientists
  • Farmers/producers
  • USDA administrators, regulators, researchers
  • University and college professors, researchers and students
  • Agri-business
  • Librarians & Information Specialists
  • News media
  • International agricultural organizations and individuals
  • General public
  • Congress
Staffing
 
*Staffing figures reported for NLM's Division of Library Operations only. These staffing figures may include contractors
 
**Staffing figures include vacancies for FY 2001.
*Total: 281.46 FTE
  • Acquire, Organize, Preserve Biomedical Information [Equivalent to NAL TSD, Preservation, and Special Collections] = 174.6
  • Provide Access to Biomedical Information [Equiv. to NAL PSD] = 83.3
  • Increase Awareness & Use of NLM Services Among Health Professionals = 10
  • Increase Awareness & Use of NLM Services Among the Public = 6.31
  • Strengthen the National Network of Libraries of Medicine = 3.6
  • Further Medical Informatics Research = 3.6
Total: 56 FTE

Federal Positions
  • Translators = 2
  • Information & Education Srvcs [Equivalent to NAL PSD, IRSB -- nearly all professional level] = 20
  • Collection Organization & Management [Equiv. to NAL TSD -- 4 librarians] = 8
  • Information Delivery [Equiv. to NAL PSD, DDSB -- 1 librarian] = 18
  • Administrative Staff = 3
  • Systems [Equiv. to NAL ISD -- 3 computer specialists and 2 in-training] = 5
20 Contract Employees: photocopying services, shelving, some pulling, and maintaining the self-service photocopy center
Total: 170.35 FTE

Federal Positions
  • Acquire, catalog, index and thesaurus=67.1 (+2.5 non-Fed staff)
  • Document delivery, interlibrary loan, collections maintenance, special collections = 14.5 (+37 non-Fed staff)
  • Information research services, reference, specialized information centers, circulation = 37 (+44 non-Federal)
  • Information systems, end-user support, systems administrators and engineers, preservation, AgNIC, CALS, systems security, Web management = 32
  • Office of the Director, administration***, public affairs, facilities, personnel, budget, travel = 19.5 (+11 non-Fed staff)

*** Provides administrative services for NAL and ARS HQ Program Management
Total Budget
Projected for FY 01
Library Operations:
$56,752,000
Total NLM:
$230,135,000
$9,500,000 (includes budget for overhead and space charges ~ $850,000)
$20,400,000

 
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