Writing is a set of permanent thoughts, or, as a famous Gelfling once said, “words that stay.” I tell my students that a book is just about the most effective method of data storage and transmission ever devised. It’s a set of transcribed thoughts organized by page number and cross-referenced both by sequential progression […]
Washington, DC — Despite promises to consult with Congress before proceeding with dismantlement of its library system, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered its libraries to “disperse or dispose of their…contents,” according to agency directives released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The move to eliminate physical collections comes as EPA’s own enforcement branch warns about the risks of hampering environmental prosecutions.
As part of a research project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, we are collecting first-hand accounts of information professionals’ responses to a range of community-wide disasters such as the recent Pacific Northwest ice storms and the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricanes.
These experiences will be used to develop case-based guidance material to help prepare information professionals to face similar events in the future.