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ALA Opposes Closing of Research Library at Sandia

Due to budget reductions, Sandia National Laboratories is considering closing its research library, a facility built by taxpayer funds that is instrumental to the work of scientists in the fields of nuclear weapons and homeland security.

The American Library Association (ALA) opposes this action and urges Sandia to reconsider, proposing instead that a comprehensive study be conducted immediately to determine the potential loss of services to its employees. ALA has sent a letter to Dr. Thomas O. Hunter (PDF), the President and Director of Sandia, voicing specific concerns that should be addressed before any binding decision is made, including, among other factors, the impact of the loss of expertise currently provided by the Sandia research librarians.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) issued a press release on November 1, 2007, expressing similar concerns in objection to the proposed closing of the Sandia research library, calling the decision short-sighted and dangerous.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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