The following paper will be presented at the upcoming World Library and Information Congress, 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly that will take place in Helsinki this August.
A brief history of national support for libraries in the United States
Institute of Museum and Library Services
IFLA General Conference 2012 Web Site
This paper is a short review of federal government support for libraries in the United States. It takes a look at some of the U.S. legislation that has impacted the development of public, school, college, and medical libraries. It also describes organizations that have been involved with the passage of library legislation and the governmental structures that carried out the legislative mandates. Librarians and their organizations have influenced the passage of legislation so that libraries can improve service and accessibility to information.