|Title:||State and Local Environmental Information Centers, Facilities, and Services
|Subject(s):||Environmental protection --Information services
|Abstract:||The federal Environmental Protection Agency has already kindly provided the
first edition of a catalog of state and local environmental libraries.
I wish to provide more than such a catalog. As you may have read in
Schneiderman's paper, there are both active and passive library roles to be
played. I will concentrate on discussing the possible active roles of an environmental
library after I dismiss a few of the passive items.
Browsing through the EPA listing will give you an idea of the range of
libraries dealing both generally and specifically with environmentally related
materials. Naturally, each state library will collect some environmental
journals, books, and conference proceedings. Some state governments which
have established either a natural resources department or an environmental
research agency have started environmental collections (e.g., Arkansas, Delaware,
Michigan, and Illinois). Small, local public libraries try to collect mostly
nontechnical, lay reading material on the environmental crisis. In addition to
these types of libraries, we must remember to take advantage of all those
special collections which may be considered national or regional, but which
are also frequently local. For example, unless one lives in Santa Barbara,
California, the Oil Spill Information Center there may be unknown. Another
narrow subject area is dealt with by the eutrophication program at the
University of Wisconsin's Water Resources Center. (A future edition of EPA's
directory might contain a subject listing of special collections.) Without
assuming to speak for all special libraries, one may say that most of them are
happy to serve by phone or mail. Professional associations and foundations
ranging from the Conservation Foundation in Washington, D.C., to the
American Foundrymen's Society in Des Plaines, Illinois usually have libraries
or information centers with very specific environmental information available.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In G.S. Bonn (ed). 1972. Information resources in the environmental sciences; Papers presented at the 18th annual Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 164-168.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (18th : 1972)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1972.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-17