Restructuring EPA's Libraries: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The closing of several libraries administered by the Environmental Protection Agency EPA has raised numerous issues. The Presidents FY2007 budget included a 2.5 million reduction for EPAs libraries, 2.0 million of which was attributed mainly to these closures. EPA reports that the closings are part of its efforts to restructure its libraries to respond to the increasing use of the Internet to access its collections. Although EPA plans to digitize certain materials, some items may be archived or discarded. Members of Congress, library professional associations, and public interest groups have questioned the continued availability of EPAs collections as the agency restructures its libraries. The closing of EPAs libraries received increasing attention toward the end of the 109th Congress, including a request for the Government Accountability Office GAO to examine the agencys library restructuring plan. However, the funding and operation of the libraries were not mentioned in the FY2007 appropriations bill that would have funded EPA H.R. 5386. This report examines EPAs plan to restructure its libraries and discusses relevant issues.
- Administration and Management
- Information Science
- Government and Political Science
- Environmental Health and Safety