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Coming back after holiday break, New FGI Discussions wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2007! The last few weeks of 2006 and the first week of 2007 found the FGI (http://freegovinfo.info) volunteers, December BOTM Duane McCollum and January 2007 BOTM Deb Liptak in a posting frenzy. Thanks Duane and welcome Deb! Deb's Posts

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More Details on EPA Library Closures

Details on the recent EPA library closings in a pdf from the Federation of American Scientists.

Optimistically, the end of the six-page report states: "Because FY2007 appropriations have not been enacted, there could be subsequent opportunities in the legislative process to address this issue if the 110th Congress so chooses."

Congress' Thomas has new beta features

Daniel writes "From freegovinfo.infoCongress' web site for legislation, THOMAS, is experimenting with new search and display features. They are also soliciting comments. Read all about it and start your new Congressional search engines."

New Discussions at FGI: December 18, 2006

This past week at Free Government Information (FGI)(http://freegovinfo.info ), we continued our poll looking into reasons why we have over 1500 daily visitors yet suffer a dearth of comments. Ironically the poll thread has become our busiest comment thread ever. Also this week, December BOTM Duane McCollum and the FGI volunteers posted the following stories: Duane's postings:

Volunteer postings:

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice or some other holiday of light, the volunteers at FGI wish you a happy holiday season and a new year full of transparency and accountability in government! If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com) or some other RSS reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted. 160 people already have.

Tiny Towns Disappearing on Georgia Maps

Rick Roche writes "I seem to be getting lots of comment (for my blog) on the news about Georgia maps.
The original AP story can be found at CNN. "

New FGI Discussions: December 11, 2006

This past week at Free Government Information (FGI)(http://freegovinfo.info ), we continue new poll looking into reasons why we have over 1500 daily visitors yet suffer a dearth of comments. Also this week, December BOTM Duane McCollum and the FGI volunteers posting the following stories: Duane's postings:

Volunteer postings:

If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted. 160 people already have.

ALA Prez Berger Speaks Out on the EPA Libraries

in an Op Ed letter in Friday's New York Times (registration required).

Closure of 6 federal libraries angers scientists

The EPA story seems to be getting some traction, this time it's The LA Times. Officials say the cutbacks have been driven by tight budgets, declining patronage and rising demand for online services. And they say leaner operations will improve efficiency while maintaining essential functions. "We are trying to improve access and ... do more with a little less money," said Linda Travers, acting assistant administrator for the EPA's office of environmental information.

Why Are EPA Libraries Purging Records and Selling Bookcases for One Cent on the Dollar?

According to this article from Yubanet, "in defiance of Congressional requests to immediately halt closures of library collections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is purging records from its library websites, making them unavailable to both agency scientists and outside researchers, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). At the same time, EPA is taking steps to prevent the re-opening of its shuttered libraries, including the hurried auctioning off of expensive bookcases, cabinets, microfiche readers and other equipment for less than a penny on the dollar.

"No one believes that EPA is closing libraries and crating up irreplaceable collections for fiscal reasons," PEER Director Jeff Ruch concluded. "Instead, the real agenda appears to be controlling access by its own specialists and outside researchers to key technical information."

Continued Backlash Against EPA Library Closings & The Digitization Award Goes to...

WASHINGTON - Concerned about the kinds of pollutants spilling into your local rivers and streams and how they could affect your health?

As the Environmental Protection Agency closes some scientific libraries around the country, EPA scientists and other environmental advocates worry whether that kind of information could become harder to find.

They fear that the agency's plan to save money by replacing printed resources with digitized versions on the Internet could make information less - not more - accessible. This information was reported by Boston Globe, Govexec.com and statesman.com .

Earth Times and Yahoo Finance report that the computer company SGI, SILICON GRAPHICS, IN (NasdaqCM:SGIC) has been chosen to digitize information previously stored in EPA libraries. Further research reveals that SGI filed for Chapter 11 in May of this year according to HPC Wire.

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