Health Science Librarians of Ilinois

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Federal Budget Passes–Government Shutdown Averted

The United States Senate just passed this year’s $1.1 trillion budget, by a vote of 56 to 40.  (The budget still has to be signed into law by the President.)  While it is not entirely clear what impact the budget, as a whole, will have on libraries, one thing is certain: there will be an avoidance of the government shutdown that paralyzed many federal library and research services in the fall of 2013.

As a result of the budget’s passing, the following will happen.

–The Library of Congress will remain open.  Its entire website (not just THOMAS,, and Cataloger’s Desktop) will remain accessible.

–Websites for the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine will be kept up-to-date.

–Databases provided by the National Library of Medicine, such as PubMed and MedlinePlus, will be fully accessible and up-to-date.

–Federally-funded presidential libraries and all National Archives facilities will stay open.

–The Smithsonian, in addition to other federal galleries and museums, will remain open.

–Federally-funded search engines, such as (and not just the version accessible through EBSCOhost), will remain accessible.

–Research into life-threatening diseases will continue, and new patients will keep being accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.

–Consumer-protection services, from child-product safety to securing of hazardous-waste facilities, will continue.  All inspections (not just “essential” ones) of chemical facilities and drinking-water systems will continue.

–Federal employees, including librarians, will still be able to read their e-mail.

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