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A Strategy for Openness: Enhancing E-Records Access in New York State

Ithaca Journal reports A report released last week demands the attention of our state Legislature and governor as New York moves forward in the digital age.

The report, “A Strategy for Openness: Enhancing E-Records Access in New York State,” sets a game plan for the state to ensure New York's government documents are accessible to citizens as the state continues to produce information electronically.

The "Big Scrape": This Time, You're on Your Own

The "Big Scrape": This Time, You're on Your Own: The "big scrape" of government web sites won't be happening this year. And watchers of government records collection are not happy.
The National Archives announced that they will not conduct an "open harvest" of federal agency web sites, as they did in 2000 and 2004. Each of those years, NARA "scraped" agency sites to record what those sites looked like and what information they contained at the end of a presidential term (the second Clinton and first Bush 43 terms). Now NARA is saying that they won't do such a chore in 2008.

US Army Library Helps in Burma Relief Planning

The Engineer Research and Development Center and the Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) Library has prepared a Web page at: http://www.tec.army.mil/Burma in support of the U.S. Navy/U.S. Marines/U.S. Department of State relief efforts in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. Flooding in the Irrawaddy delta caused by Cyclone Nargis with winds of 120 miles per hour, hit Yagon, Myanmar, (formerly known as Rangoon) May 3, and devastated the country. Current estimates are incomplete, but it is thought that there are more than 22,000 deaths, more than 40,000 people missing, and almost one million people homeless due to the high winds and flooding.

These maps and documents concern the geology, hydrology and geography of the country, and help the disaster engineering teams plan for establishing the supply dumps, hospital locations, transportation bottlenecks, landing zones and other areas needed in the relief efforts.

Agency under fire for decision not to save federal Web content

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is coming under fire for discontinuing its policy of taking a "digital snapshot" of all federal agency and congressional public Web sites at the end of congressional and presidential terms.

NARA, which until this year had collected a "harvests" of federal Web sites at the end of presidential and congressional terms, said in a recent memo that it would discontinue the practice at the end of George W. Bush's presidency.

EPA Submits Plan for Re-Opening Libraries

Responding to congressional demands, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is re-opening libraries that the agency closed over the past several years. However, it appears that the content of the libraries will be more limited, and the facilities will be subject to stricter central supervision, raising concerns from critics about the role politics will play. The agency submitted the EPA National Library Network Report [PDF] to Congress on March 26. More @ OMBWatch.

EPA says it will reopen all its libraries by Sept. 30

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to reopen five closed libraries to the public by this fall, the agency said in a report last Thursday.

Three of the EPA's 10 regional libraries and two libraries at the agency's Washington headquarters were closed because of limited public use and resources being available online, EPA officials had said. The closings prompted criticism from lawmakers. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he welcomed the EPA promise to again make all its libraries available to the public, but he cautioned that "important questions about how these libraries will be staffed remain unanswered."

EPA may have lost data in hasty library closures

FCW Reports The Environmental Protection Agency moved too quickly in closing some of its research libraries and may have lost some files as a result, government auditors recently testified before a House panel.

EPA’s push to digitize its libraries led to the rushed closings, said John Stephenson, director of natural resources and environment at the Government Accountability Office in testimony March 13 before the House Science and Technology Committee’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee.

Massachusetts Quirky Transportation Libary's Quirky Librarian Dies

From the Boston Globe: 'If the nation's first subway system had a wise old uncle, it was George M. Sanborn.
Mr. Sanborn, who died Saturday, spent hours holed away in the state's quirky transportation library - where he worked nearly four decades - rummaging through tattered public documents to figure out the history of a manhole cover, the origin of a train station, or the portion of Massachusetts law that required conductors to wear hats. He was 77.' He had a typewriter on his desk, and spent his spare time restoring old trolleys.

Who should decide whether a record ought to be kept?

Gov. Easley's baffling misperception of the state public records law is one more bizarre moment in this troubling episode. He was willing to fire an employee for counseling Ms. Hooker Odom not to talk, yet he had so little regard for Ms. Hooker Odom's letter that he threw it away because he didn't consider it worth saving.
http://www.charlotte.com/opinion/story/536041.html

EPA Closure of Libraries Faulted For Curbing Access to Key Data

EPA Closure of Libraries Faulted For Curbing Access to Key Data A plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to close several of its 26 research libraries did not fully account for the impact on government staffers and the public, who rely on the libraries for hard-to-find environmental data, congressional investigators reported yesterday.

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