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EPA’s Report to Congress on Libraries

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency submitted its Report to Congress (PDF) on the state of the EPA National Library Network. The main points in the report are:

  • The five libraries that were closed will be reopened on or before September 30, 2008; Region 5 in Chicago, Region 6 in Dallas, Region 7 in Kansas City, the EPA Headquarters Repository and the Chemical Library in Washington, DC.
  • All libraries will have a librarian, appropriate staff, reference and book collections, electronic services, intelibrary loan and public access.
  • The Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) has formed an advisory board that is working with EPA staff, advising on strategic direction library procedures.
  • $1 million in appropriations will be used to reestablish libraries, collections and equipment, and for a needs assessment.

The EPA has said that it will continue to be in contact with affected stakeholders as the library plans are finalized. The Headquarters Repository and the Chemical Library in Washington, DC, will be jointly managed by the Office of Environmental Information and the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS).

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

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