Introduction

The NOAA Libraries Advisory Committee and the NOAA Committee of Librarians are conducting research about the usefulness and quality of library services and collections at NOAA.  Your answers will be essential to help us craft a strategic plan shaping NOAA library services for the future.  Your specific data will remain confidential and the survey will take you about 20 minutes to complete.  One explanation about wording:  the NOAA Library network is the confederation of libraries around the agency composed of 20 active libraries.  When we use the term “NOAA library” we mean any library in the network.  If we ask about a specific library, we will use its name.  If you have any questions about the survey, please contact:  deirdre.clarkin@noaa.gov.

A Federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with an information collection subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 unless the information collection has a currently valid OMB Control Number. The approved OMB Control Number for this information collection is 0690-0030. Without this approval, we could not conduct this survey. Public reporting for this information collection is estimated to be approximately 20 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the information collection. All responses to this information collection are voluntary. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this information collection, including suggestions for reducing this burden to the NOAA Libraries, deirdre.clarkin@noaa.gov.

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