[Libs-Or] FW: [ALACOUN:17797] Act now to save EPA libraries
Carolyn.Rawles-Heiser at ci.corvallis.or.us
Fri Apr 28 13:10:11 PDT 2006
From: owner-alacoun at ala.org [mailto:owner-alacoun at ala.org]On Behalf Of Bernadine Abbott Hoduski
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:58 PM
To: ALA Council List
Cc: ber at initco.net
Subject: [ALACOUN:17797] Act now to save EPA libraries
Dear members of Council and others:
Act now to help save EPA libraries
Legislative day takes place in D.C. the first couple of days of May. Even if you can not be there to talk to your member of Congress you can still call or email on legislative day. In order to save the EPA libraries we need Congressional help.
Emily Sheketoff of the ALA WO, Mary Alice Baish of the AALL and Doug Newcombe of SLA met with EPA headquarters staff on April 26 to discuss the concerns of the library community. EPA staff included Linda Travers, EPA's Assistant Secrtary/CIO, Mike Flynn, Deputy Office Director who is heading the EPA Steering Committee looking at changes to be made in the library system and Emma NcNamara, Director of the Information Access Divsion.
Emily shared the EPA issue brief #3 with them and told them that our members would be asking Congress to restore the cuts to the libraries.
We need action soon since so far two laboratory libraries have been closed, regional libraries in Chicago, Dallas, and San Francisco are either being closed or greatly downsized. All regional directors have been told by headquarters to sharply cut the library budgets rather than any other programs.
The EPA headquarters Library coordinator resigned in November of 2005 and his position has not been filled. The Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Library at headquarters has reduced its walk in hours to 12 a week. This is all being done before the appropriations request is authorized by the Congress.
EPA says that they plan on eventually providing all the EPA reports and publications electronically, but while that system is being established access will be limited. Even if it were possible to digitzie everything published by EPA since 1970, it still would not justify shutting down the libraries. EPA staff and the public need assistance in navigating the information no matter what the format. EPA staff also need other non EPA information to support their work in writing regulations, pursuing law suits and formulating environmental policy.
Libraries in the regions are being the hardest hit. The libraries are in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle. If you are from one of those cities call or email your members of Congress and urge them to save these libraries. Go to the EPA web site and find out the name and email of the regional administrators and email or call them. Call or email local environmental and scientific groups to tell them that the libraries are being dismantled as we speak. Remind all of those that you email that for EPA staff to do a good job protecting the environment and the health of the public that they need good access to library support services.
Please send this message on to your chapter list serves and to as many environmental, medical and scientific list serves as possible.
Berndine Abbott Hoduski, ALA Councilor At Large
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