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Re: E-M:/ FW: [tfoe] [ALACOUN:18529] Stealth Closure of Principal EPA Chemical Library

Enviro-Mich message from Gary Stock <gstock@net-link.net>

Early coverage of the concerns of the information community:


   Will Budget Constraints Sound a Death Knell for EPA Libraries?
   by Barbie E. Keiser

   February 21, 2006 ? It's less than a month since President 
   Bush announced his American Competitive Initiative that 
   consists of doubling "the federal commitment to the most
   critical basic research programs in the physical sciences,"
   coupled with a permanent research and development tax credit
   "to encourage bolder private-sector initiatives in technology."
   What he didn't say was that to fund these research efforts,
   he would cut $2 million that supports a network of 27 libraries,
   including an electronic catalog of holdings within that network,
   which is used by those very scientists and corporations whose 
   work he is encouraging. That amounts to four-fifths of the 
   agency's total library budget. How will the work of the 
   libraries' staffs change if these proposed budget cuts are approved? 

...followed by a great cost/benefit analysis.  

(All that, while the writer shows surprising constraint -- given that
Bush's cover stories have obviously pegged her bullshit meter :-)


Gary Stock wrote:
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> Enviro-Mich message from Gary Stock <gstock@net-link.net>
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> No doubt, the lot of them deserve criticism for allowing it.
> However, note that the closures are unilateral action on the part of the
> Bush White House.  As PEER reported last summer:
>    http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=731

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