|Title:||Coping with Environmental Information Resources
|Subject(s):||Environmental protection --Information services
|Abstract:||At a meeting on environmental literature held in Cincinnati in September
1972, it was reported that seventy-five government agencies put out reports in
the environmental area. I knew I had trouble locating material. This figure
gave me an idea why. There is no lack of literature available. The problem
comes in trying to cope with it.
Coping is the problem in many subject areas. There are three factors that
make it particularly difficult to cope with environmental literature because of
the nature of the field itself. First, environmental sciences is a new field; its
boundaries are not yet clearly defined. It was only in 1965 that the heading
"Man Influence on Nature" appeared in Readers' Guide.1 Before that, the
emphasis had been on the influence of the environment on man, not the
other way around. It was not until December 1970, that the Environmental
Protection Agency was established to centralize in one agency the major
federal pollution control programs formerly scattered in different departments.
Scattering is the problem with the literature also. There are no comprehensive
bibliographies of books, periodicals, reports, microforms, or audiovisual
material. There are numerous partial bibliographies which must be
located one by one. The need for coordination and cooperation in literature
identification and exchange was one of the concerns of the United Nation's
first Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in June 1972,
and one of the concerns of the EPA's first National Environmental Information
Symposium, held in Cincinnati in September 1972. The "first" in the
titles of both conferences also points up the recency of concern in this area.
|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: 203-212.
|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