June 26, 2007
EPA Halts Library Closures
The First Amendment Center is reporting that the EPA has stop library closures, at least for now. From the report:
After releasing a plan in August 2006 that would restructure its library system and eliminate several locations, the Environmental Protection Agency has halted further closures of the libraries in response to heavy criticism from lawmakers and advocacy groups.
EPA’s controversial library plan was developed after the Bush administration’s budget for the 2007 fiscal year left the EPA library system, which is funded through the Office of Environmental Information, with just $500,000 for operations.
The plan would eventually close 10 regional libraries and the headquarters library in Washington, D.C. (The Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City and D.C. libraries were shut down before the closures were halted.) The EPA said these closures were part of a plan to modernize their collections by converting them to digital formats. EPA spokespeople said this digitization process would allow the agency to reach a broader audience.
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Digitizing information is a cheaper way to maintain resources(not to mention is helps an organization maximize its floor space); however it is costing capable/willing people their livelyhood. It is a win/lose situation. If the EPA is going to restore some of the old positions and create new ones, this change will benefit many. Digitizing information will enable people the chance to maximize their information horizons, no matter where they are; however is this just a game plan to cut costs in the wrong areas of the US Government? I guess we will have to see what the future holds!
Posted by: Dindi R. | Mar 2, 2011 8:23:44 AM