Sunday, November 16, 2008

Transforming NTIS with a National Technical Reports Library

Early in 2009, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) will launch a new program, the NTIS National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), to increase and improve its utility to users. NTRL, the definitive technical reports collection, will guarantee libraries and technical information professionals easy access and perpetual availability to the full text of documents from NTIS’ comprehensive collection of federally-funded technical reports. NTIS acquires, indexes, abstracts, and archives the largest collection of U.S. government-sponsored technical reports in existence. The NTRL will be a resource for scientific discovery and will be accessible and usable to the widest possible audience, including through IP Access. Access will require a subscription, priced to enable NTIS to recover its costs.

The NTRL Library will provide access to bibliographic records plus full text content from the desktop, making broader dissemination possible. It will focus on timeliness, comprehensiveness and current awareness by providing access to libraries. It will also allow free web search of titles from the NTIS website.

  • NTRL Collection Development will:
  • Focus on technical reports
  • Guarantee perpetual availability
  • Support document version control
  • Aim for full text retrieval
  • Increase historical depth
  • Increased subject coverage

Donald H. Hagen
Associate Director
Office of Product and Program Management
National Technical Information Service
U.S. Department of Commerce

703-605-6142 / 703-888-9538 (cell)



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