House Hearing to Address EPA Library Closures

Adding another to the list of important hearings this week, tomorrow (Thursday, March 13), the House Committee on Science and Technology Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight will hold a hearing titled, “EPA Library Closures: Better Access for a Broader Audience?.” The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. A live webcast will be available.

The Hearing Charter is posted on the committee website. It provides some background on the EPA library closures and outlines five key questions to be addressed during the hearing. These questions are:

1. Did EPA Have a Plan for Maintaining Continuity of Library Services When the Plan Was Implemented in 2006?
2. Did EPA Realize Budget Savings Through Implementation of Their Plan?
3. Has EPA’s Effort to Digitize Library Holdings Resulted in Greater Access to Library Collections?
4. Did Implementation of EPA’s Plan Ensure Continuity of Library Services to EPA Employees and the Public or Improve Library Services?
5. What Is The Path Forward?

The witnesses at the hearing will be:

Mr. John Stephenson
Director Natural Resources and Environment
Government Accountability Office

Mr. Charles Orzehoskie
American Federation of Government Employees, Council 238

Dr. Francesca Grifo
Senior Scientist and Director of the Scientific Integrity Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

Mr. Jim Rettig
American Library Association

Ms. Molly O’Neill
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) and Chief Information Officer
Environmental Protection Agency

The closures of EPA libraries started in 2006 without any public announcement or congressional approval. AALL strongly opposed the closures and we are pleased that the Subcommittee is devoting a hearing to this issue tomorrow.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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