Create a publicly available system for computerized searches.
This system will permit access to the holdings of the USGS and other library systems and information data bases. The system will also allow USGS employees at all field and regional centers to make electronic requests for materials.
Increase holdings necessary for investigations of environmental science and biological resource issues.
While expanding holdings in these areas, the GD will maintain those critical to geologic, cartographic, and water-resource studies.
Consider instituting a cost-recovery system for non-USGS customers.
Such a system will require other institutions to reimburse the GD for time-consuming reference work and reproduction costs. In this way, the important role of the USGS library as a national geoscience resource will be acknowledged and the GD will assure that library funding is sufficient to meet the demands of both USGS and non-USGS users.