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[GreenYes] Re: EPA Closing Headquarters Library

Reminds me of how Ronald Reagan closed down the library of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now known as NREL)... and I remember staff, whom I knew, were allowed to take boxes of documents home. It was the dismantling of the greatest solar energy library on Earth... and no one ever heard about it.

Eric Lombardi
Executive Director
Boulder, CO

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Gary Liss <gary@no.address>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:17:23 -0700

>>From: "Stephanie Barger" <stephanie.barger@no.address>
>>To: "'Gary Liss'" <gary@no.address>
>>Subject: FW: EPA Closing Headquarters Library, ENS 9-22-06
>>Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2006 16:11:03 -0700
>>Organization: Earth Resource Foundation
>>This should alarm EVERYONE!!!
>>EPA Closing Headquarters Library
>>WASHINGTON, DC, September 22, 2006 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection
>>(EPA) is closing its Headquarters Library to the public, as well as its own
>>staff, effective October 1. The decision, formally announced Wednesday in a
>>Federal Register notice, cites lack of funding for the closure.
>>The Headquarters Library collection contains 380,000 documents on
>>microfiche, including technical reports produced by EPA and its predecessor
>>agencies, a microforms collection that includes back files of abstracts and
>>indexes, 5,500 hard copy EPA documents, as well as more than 16,000 books
>>and technical reports produced by government agencies other than EPA.
>>This shutdown is the latest in a series of agency library closures during
>>the past few weeks, government watchdogs said, and as with the other library
>>collections, the books, reports and research monographs in the EPA
>>Headquarters Library have been boxed up and are currently inaccessible to
>>"EPA is busily crating up and locking away its institutional memory,"
>>said Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director
>>Jeff Ruch, noting that more than 10,000 EPA scientists and other specialists
>>are protesting the library closures as hindering their ability to do their
>>jobs. "Despite its 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' public statements, EPA has no
>>coherent plan let alone a timetable for making these collections available."
>>The agency has not said when any of the materials at the library will again
>>become available to its staff or the public either via the Internet or
>>through inter-library loans. It has no dedicated funds for digitizing hard
>>copies, making microfiche available online or re-cataloguing the tens of
>>thousands of documents that will be relocated to large storage areas called
>>"information repositories."
>>Ruch criticized EPA for failing to at least issue public notice for its
>>closures of its regional libraries in Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City. The
>>three libraries provide services for the general public in 15 states and 109
>>tribal nations.
>>But the library closures have generated interest from Congress and House
>>Democrats have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the
>>effects that the EPA library closures will have on access to environmental
>>information and the impacts on scientific research, regulatory quality and
>>enforcement capability.
>>* * *
>Gary Liss
>Fax: 916-652-0485

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