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This will be of interest to people trying to make P2 info accessible to
publics


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>  >
> >Subject:  EPA Online Dialogue
> >
> >
> >Please take a moment to read the information below about EPA's upcoming
online
> >Dialogue.  The topic to be discussed is how best to use libraries to
increase
> >public participation in EPA decision-making.
> >
> >Also, please help get the word out by forwarding this email to your
> >colleagues,
> >networks, and listservs outside of EPA. This will significantly increase
> >public
> >participation in the dialogue.  It will only take a moment to forward
this to
> >3-5 of your colleagues and ask them to do the same.
> >Finally, if you know of someone(s) whom we may wish to contact to be a
> >panelist,
> >please reply to this email their contact information (name, profession or
> >group
> >affiliation, email address and phone number).
> >
> >Thanks so much
> >Victor McMahan/DC/USEPA/US@EPA
> >202) 260-7852
> >
>
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> >          Libraries - Community Resource for Environmental Information?
> >               Exploring Public Access To Environmental Information
> >                           A Dialogue Via the Internet
> >
> >                        Hosted by Information Renaissance
> >                      Managed by Environmental Law Institute
> >                    Funded by Environmental Protection Agency
> >
> >                       http://www.network-democracy.org/epa
> >
> >                        September 18 - September 29, 2000
> >
> >You are invited to participate in an online Dialogue that will explore
how the
> >EPA can best make use of libraries for public access to environmental
> >information. Special emphasis will be given to electronic information and
> >how to
> >improve its scope and utility.
> >
> >Our moderator is Steve Curwood who produces the National Public Radio
program
> >called "Living on Earth."
> >
> >The Dialogue will be structured around an online panel of experts
including
> >librarians, environmental organizations, government officials, community
> >activists, and the EPA.
> >
> >There are three levels of participation in the Dialogue:  panelists, a
core
> >group of 50 who are involved daily, and up to 300 others who participate
> >as they
> >can.
> >
> >Panelists and participants will address the following set of questions:
> >
> >    What environmental information does the community want?
> >    Where is this information available - at the EPA or from state or
local
> >    sources?
> >    Is information currently available on the Web or in print?
> >    What can libraries do to assist citizens seeking environmental
> > information?
> >    What information do they currently receive about EPA activities?
> >    How do they receive environmental information it and can it be better
> >    organized for easy public use?
> >    How can public libraries be more effective in helping members of the
> >    community get environmental information?
> >    What could EPA do to help libraries provide environmental information
> > to the
> >    public through the Internet?
> >    How might the EPA web site be a more useful resource?
> >
> >
> >Results:  A summary report will be shared across EPA and used as a basis
for
> >deciding whether to pursue the concept of developing partnerships with
> >libraries. If Dialogue participants endorse the idea that librarians can
serve
> >as a bridge to communities for environmental data and information, then
EPA's
> >Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation will seek to develop pilot
> >projects.
> >
> >How the Dialogue works:  The discussion is asynchronous, not conducted in
real
> >time. People can participate at their convenience. The typical
participant
> >will
> >spend a few minutes a day reading messages, reviewing background
> >materials, and
> >drafting comments.
> >
> >To participate simply register at the Dialogue Website:
> >
> >           http://www.network-democracy.org/epa
> >
> >For more information: Please email Patricia Bonner, U.S. EPA:
> >bonner.patricia@epa.gov or  Information Renaissance: epa@info-ren.org or
call:
> >1-888-638-5323.
> >
> >P.S.,
> >We hope you will participate and please consider sharing this information
with
> >others you think might be interested.  Any assistance you can provide to
> >generate registrations will definitely help.  If there are individuals
you
> >know
> >who might be interested and able to participate, please tell them about
the
> >event.  Colleague to colleague forwards created 66% of the registrations
> >in the
> >two previous Dialogues.
> >
>
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> >----------------------------------
> >Panelists FAQ:
> >
> >Recruiting the Front Row Fifty
> >
> >The 50 members of the "front row" will be the participants who set the
> >stage for
> >the discussion. They will represent the main categories of participants
and
> >viewpoints we are targeting in the discussion. These 50 will be the "role
> >models" for the rest of the participants.
> >
> >Responsibilities:  We ask them to agree to review the background material
and
> >contribute on average one message a week.  This may take about 30
minutes,
> >more
> >or less, a day.
> >
> >We also ask panelist to help spread the word and recruit at least one to
two
> >colleagues who would bring worthwhile perspectives to the discussion.
> >
>
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> >--------------------------------------------------------------
> >Suggestions for how organizations can inform others about the Online
Dialogue:
> >
> >1) Link to EPA's Library Dialogue Web site from your Web site.
> >      http://www-test.network-democracy.org/epa/
> >2) Send out a special electronic (or print) announcement to
members/networks.
> >3) Mention the EPA Library Dialogue in your mailing lists.
> >4) Include announcement on the EPA Library Dialogue in your next press
> >release.
> >5) Include announcement in print or online newsletters.
> >6) Make a verbal announcement at meetings.
> >
> >Notice/listserv/calendar language:
> >
> >Libraries - Community Resource for Environmental Information?
> >An online dialogue held September 18-29, 2000
> >
> >The EPA has funded an online discussion to explore public access to
> >environmental information. The discussion will explore how the EPA can
best
> >make use of libraries for public access to environmental information.
> >Special emphasis will be given to electronic information and how to
improve
> >its scope and utility.
> >
> >The dialogue will be structured around an online panel of experts
including
> >librarians, representatives of environmental organizations, state,
> >local and tribal government officials, community activists, industry and
the
> >EPA.  A moderator will guide and focus the discussion.
> >Information from the discussion will be used as a basis for deciding
> >whether to pursue the concept of developing partnerships with libraries.
> >
> >To learn more visit the Dialogue web site:
> >http://www.network-democracy.org/epa
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>
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