The federal libraries are dedicated to many subjects, including research disciplines, such as agriculture and medicine, and focused programs, such as the establishment of miles-per-gallon ratings for all makes and models of cars. Despite the effectiveness of illustrating the number and variety of libraries operating within the federal government, the Federal Library Directory does not expose the challenging times they face. James R. Jacobs, co-founder of Free Government Information, shares his perspective on the challenges and opportunities federal libraries face today. Federal Libraries continue to be in danger of being eliminated, having their budgets cut, losing staff, etc. because each new crop of political appointees is unaware of the value of these libraries in the effectiveness of their agencies. Despite these challenges, federal libraries remain important contributors to the successful function of government.
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