Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao, November 2, 2015. Photo by Shawn Miller.

I am very happy to welcome you to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to participate in one of the three IFLA WLIC 2016 pre-conferences being held here. The Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The Library provides Congress, the federal government and the American people with a rich, diverse, and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage them and support their intellectual and creative endeavors. I hope that you have a chance to explore the collections while you are here.

As the Acting Librarian of Congress, I welcome you to this vast treasure trove of materials and services. By coming together in conferences such as these, we expand our own boundaries and strengthen our commitment to the principle of international cooperation and to providing authoritative and timely information access in today’s fast-paced world.

I look forward to greeting you personally,

David S. Mao
Acting Librarian of Congress

Welcome from the Chief of Collections Access, Loan and Management Division

Chief of Collections Access, Loan and Management Division. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Dear Colleagues,

As the Division Chief of the Collections Access, Loan Management Division, I welcome you to the Library of Congress. It is our pleasure to host this international event and we look forward to forging new relationships and strengthening our existing ties.

The mission of the Collections Access, Loan and Management Division (CALM) is two pronged. CALM is a service division, responsible for: promoting and providing ready access to the general classified book collections of the Library and for other analog and digital collections as assigned; referring requestors to alternate sources when appropriate. CALM is also an inventory management division responsible for: collections control, including effective programs for inventory control, tracking, and accounts management; collections integrity, ensuring the accuracy, retrievability, and preservation of items in collections assigned to the division; collections maintenance, supporting Library-wide operations in the areas of major shifting, cleaning collections, and developing recommendations for improving the shelving and storage of Library materials; off-site storage, supporting the program of the Library for serving and maintaining Library collections stored off-site; and collections security supporting the Library’s collections security program by ensuring that items are safe while in storage, use, transit, and (when appropriate) in process.

The purpose of the preconference is to bring together librarians from around the world who are interested in document delivery and resource sharing. The program will focus on topics such as interlibrary loan, cooperative collection development, cooperative reference, direct borrowing, consortial programs, shared licensing/purchasing of electronic resources; Best Practices of Cross-Border Resource Sharing activities; Challenges and solutions to Cross-Border Resource Sharing activities, and much more.

Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact our conference coordinator at

We look forward to seeing you on August 10th.

Steven J. Herman
Chief of Collections Access, Loan and Management Division