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Text of the An Act to establish a National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and for other purposes

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on July 20, 1970. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 20, 1970 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

440                                  PUBLIC LAW 91-344-JULY 20, 1970                  [84 STAT.

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                    outdoor recreation plan found adequate for purposes of the Land
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                    such cost-sharing assistance for any such development shall be
                    authorized only if the Secretary determines that it cannot be provided
                    under other existing authority."
                      Approved July 18, 1970.


                    Public Law 91-344
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  July 20, 1970
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  Consumer Credit   States of America in Congress assembled^ That section 404(b) of the
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amendment.          Consumer Credit Protection Act (82 Stat. 165) is amended by striking
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                      Approved July 20, 1970.


                    Public Law 91-345
  July 20, 1970                                        AN ACT
      [^' ^519]     rpQ establish a National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and
                                                 for other purposes.

                      Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
  National Com-     United States of America in Congress assembled^ That this Act may
mission on
Libraries and In-   be cited as the "National Commission on Libraries and Information
formation Science   Science Act".
Act.
                                              S T A T E M E N T OF P O L I C Y

                      SEC. 2. The Congress hereby affirms that library and information
                    services adequate to meet the needs of the people of the United States
                    are essential to achieve national goals and to utilize most effectively
                    the Nation's educational resources and that the Federal Government
                    will cooperate with State and local governments and public and
                    private agencies in assuring optimum provision of such services.

                                            COMMISSION ESTABLISHED
                      SEC. 3. (a) There is hereby established as an independent agency
                    within the executive branch, a National Commission on Libraries
                    and Information Science (hereinafter referred to as the "Com-
                    mission").
                       (b) The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare shall pro-
                    vide the Commission with necessary administrative services (includ-
                    ing those related to budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, person-
                    nel, and procurement) for which payment shall be made in advance,
                    or by reimbursement, from funds of the Commission and such amounts
                    as may be agreed upon by the Commission and the Secretary of
                    Health, Education, and Welfare.

84 STAT. ] PUBLIC LAW 91-345-JULY 20, 1970 441 CONTRIBUTIONS SEC. 4. The Commission shall have authority to accept in the name of the United States grants, gifts, or bequests of money for immediate disbursement in furtherance of the functions of the Commission. Such grants, gifts, or bequests, after acceptance by the Commission, shall be paid by the donor or his representative to the Treasurer of the United States whose receipts shall be their acquittance. The Treasurer of the United States shall enter them in a special account to the credit of the Commission for the purposes in each case specified. FUNCTIONS SEC. 5. (a) The Commission shall have the primary responsibility for developing or recommending overall plans for, and advising the appropriate governments and agencies on, the policy set forth in sec- tion 2. In carrying out that responsibility, the Commission shall— (1) advise the President and the Congress on the implementa- J^'^'^^'^^il^d tion of national policy by such statements, presentations, and congreTs.^" reports as it deems appropriate; (2) conduct studies, surveys, and analyses of the library and v eStudies, ys, etc. sur- informational needs of the Nation, including the special library and informational needs of rural areas and of economically, socially, or culturally deprived persons, and the means by which these needs may be met through information centers, through the libraries of elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education, and through public, research, special, and other types of libraries; (3) appraise the adequacies and deficiencies of current library and informiation resources and services and evaluate the effective- ness of current library and information science programs; (4) develop overall plans for meeting national library and informational needs and for the coordination of activities at the Federal, State, and local levels, taking into consideration all of the library and informational resources of the Nation to meet those needs; (5) be authorized to advise Federal, State, local, and private agencies regarding library and information sciences; (6) promote research and development activities which will extend and improve the Nation's library and information- handling capability as essential links in the national communica- tions networks; (7) submit to the President and the Congress (not later than Report to January 31 of each year) a report on its activities during the pre- congreTs. ^" ceding fiscal year; and (8) make and publish such additional reports as it deems to be necessary, including, but not limited to, reports of consultants, transcripts of testimony, summary reports, and reports of other Commission finding, studies, and recommendations. (b) The Commission is autlioi-ized to contract with Federal agencies ^^^"^^^^""^ and other public and private agencies to carry out any of its functions ^" °"*^' under subsection (a) and to publish and disseminate such reports, findings, studies, and records as it deems appropriate. (c) The Commission is further authorized to conduct such hearings Hearings. at such times and places as it deems appropriate for carrying out the purposes of this Act. (d) The heads of all Federal agencies are, to the extent not pro- hibited by law, directed to cooperate with the Commission in carrying out the purposes of this Act.
442 PUBLIC LAW 91-345-JULY 20, 1970 [84 STAT. MEMBERSHIP Appointments SEC. 6. (a) The Commission shall be composed of the Librarian of by P r e s i d e n t . Congress and fourteen members appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Five members of the Com- mission shall be professional librarians or information specialists, and the remainder shall be persons having special competence or interest in the needs of our society for library and information services, at least one of whom shall be knowledgeable with respect to the tech- nological aspects of library and information services and sciences. One of the members of the Commission shall be designated by the Terms of office. President as Chairman of the Commission. The terms of office of the appointive members of the Commission shall be five years, except that (1) the terms of office of the members first appointed shall commence on the date of enactment of this Act and shall expire two at the end of one year, three at the end of two years, three at the end of three years, three at the end of four years, and three at the eiid of five years, as designated by the President at the time of appointment, and (2) a member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder ot such term. Compensation, (b) Members of the Commission who are not in the regular full-time travel e x p e n s e s . employ of the United States shall, while attending meetings or con- ferences of the Commission or otherwise engaged in the business of the Commission, be entitled to receive compensation at a rate fixed by the Chairman, but not exceeding the rate specified at the time of such Ante, p . 198-1. service for grade GS-18 in section 5332 of title 5, LTnited States Code, including traveltime, and while so serving on the business of the Com- mission away from their homes or regular places of business, they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, 80 Stat. 499; as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for persons 83 Stat. 190. employed intermittently in the Government service. Professional (c) (1) The Commission is authorized to appoint, without regard to and t e c h n i c a l personnel, a p - the provisions of title 5, United States Code, covering appointments in pointment. the competitive service, such professional and technical personnel as 80 Stat. 378. may be necessary to enable it to carry out its function under this Act. (2) The Commission may procure, without regard to the civil serv- ice or classification laws, temporary and intermittent services of such personnel as is necessary to the extent authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, but at rates not to exceed the rate specified at the time of such service for grade GS-18 in section 5332 of title 5, United States Code, including traveltime, and while so serving on the business of the Commission away from their homes or regular places of business they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for persons employed intermittently in the Government service. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS SEC. 7. There are hereby authorized to be appropriated $500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1970, and $750,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1971, and for each succeeding year, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act. Approved July 20, 1970.