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Library of Congress

The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. Some of its resources and services include: documents, photographs, movies, and sound recordings that tell America's story; full text access to current bills under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate; library services for libraries, information professionals, and researchers, including Acquisitions, Cataloging, Preservation, Research, Special Programs, Standards and access to the catalogs of the Library of Congress and other libraries; research tools for researchers and information professionals -- these include the catalogs of the Library of Congress and other libraries, databases on special topics, and other Library of Congress Internet resources; and exhibits of the library's collections.

Review Date: November 30, 2011

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National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The National Agricultural Library was created as the departmental library for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1862 and became a national library in 1962. One of four national libraries of the United States (with the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Library of Education), it is also the coordinator for a national network of State land-grant and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) field libraries. In its international role, the National Agricultural Library serves as the U.S. center for the international agricultural information system, coordinating and sharing resources and enhancing global access to agricultural data. The National Agricultural Library's collection of over two million volumes and its leadership role in information services and technology applications combine to make it the foremost agricultural library in the world. The National Agricultural Library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays). The Reference Desk is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Review Date: August 27, 2008

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National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - NLS
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Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible residents in the United States and American citizens living abroad who cannot read standard print because of a temporary or permanent visual disability, or a physical disability that prevents holding the printed page. Material is sent by postage-free mail.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine

The purpose of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine network (NN/LM) is to provide health science practitioners, investigators, educators, and administrators in the United States with timely, convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources. The NN/LM is the outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine and consists of eight Regional Medical Libraries, more than 140 Resource Libraries and some 4,500 Primary Access Libraries (primarily at hospitals). The Regional Medical Libraries administer and coordinate services in the network's eight geographical regions.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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American Library Association

This association represents all types of libraries: public, school, academic, state, and special libraries serving government, commerce, the armed services, hospitals, prisons and other institutions. Its 57,000 members are primarily librarians and library staff, but also trustees, authors, publishers and others who share its commitment to ensuring free and open access to information. The mission of the ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Bioethics Research Library, Georgetown University

The Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University (BRL) is a specialized, non-circulating collection of over 300,000 books, legal publications, regulations, codes, government documents, and other relevant materials related to biomedical and professional ethics written in over 20 languages. This collection functions both as a reference library for the public and as a research resource for scholars world-wide. The library’s databases on bioethics literature, organizations, and syllabi are accessible on the library web site and contain many links to full-text materials. Other sources of full-text documents on this site include the digital archives of U.S. Bioethics Commissions, and historical documents on genetics and ethics.

Review Date: August 16, 2012

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Braille Institute

The Braille Institute was founded in 1919 as the Universal Braille Press to provide services to the blind, which now includes production of more than 5 million Braille pages yearly, preschool services, supplemental academic programs for children, summer camps for children, a youth recreational center, low-priced consumer goods and visual aids, counseling, a career learning center, job placement, social activities, and instruction in basic living skills. Individualized programs developed for newly blind persons include training in orientation and mobility, Braille reading and writing, techniques of daily living, home management, and typing. The Institute's 1-800-BRAILLE line refers callers nationwide to organizations serving the blind in their areas as well as providing information on its services. Services are also provided for persons with low vision. The Institute's library circulates over 800,000 books (50,000 titles) in Braille as well as records and tapes. BIA has four satellite and 50 community centers in addition to its main facility. The Institute also conducts public information activities to increase public awareness of blindness and of the capabilities of blind persons. Direct services offered only in Southern California. No charge for services.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Center of Alcohol Studies

The Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS), founded in the early 1940s, conducts research on alcohol, and other substance use/abuse, disseminates information, and engages in professional and public education. The Library acquires, organizes, and disseminates scientific and technical bibliographic and textual information on alcohol; and houses a major collection of books, periodicals, dissertations, and other materials pertaining to alcohol studies. The library is open to researchers, scholars, and students; it includes the Master Catalog of Alcohol Literature, which lists the world's scholarly literature on alcohol studies since the 15th century; the Classified Abstract Archives of the Alcohol Literature, which covers 1935-1976; the McCarthy Memorial Collection of alcohol research documents; and a collection of questionnaires, interview schedules, and survey forms used in research on drinking and alcoholism. The library's bibliographic database of over 70,000 citations to alcohol/drug research and educational literature is available online at http://www.scc.rutgers.edu/alcohol_studies.

Review Date: January 16, 2009

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Gallaudet University Library

The Gallaudet University Library is located in the Merrill Learning Center. The Library has approximately 210,000 print books, 320,000 electronic books, 8,000 videos, 70 databases, and 50,000 periodical subscriptions. All these collections are available for public use on campus. The Library has the largest collection of deaf-related materials in the world, including books, periodicals, videos and other types of media, and rare items in the University Archives. The Gallaudet University Library is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium.

Review Date: February 26, 2013

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Medical Library Association

MLA, a nonprofit, educational organization, is comprised of health sciences information professionals with more than 4,500 members worldwide. Through its programs and services, MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledge base of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

Review Date: December 07, 2010

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PlaneTree Health Information Center

PlaneTree Health Information Centers provide in-depth health and medical information services, individualized to the specific needs of each patron. Most PlaneTree services are offered free of charge and are open to the public. PlaneTree Health Information Centers are located in hospitals, public libraries, and in freestanding facilities throughout the United States. Some Planetree Health Resource Centers offer a medical research service to their local communities. They will prepare (typically for a fee) a literature search or information packet on specific topics, selecting from medical library materials, databases, and Internet resources. For inquires about Planetree services, programs, products, and consultation, contact the national administrative office by phone at 203-732-7500.

Review Date: September 28, 2012

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