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Fang-Face writes "An article at the MSNBC News web site, Nuclear plant info available to public: NBC News investigation finds sensitive documents in libraries, reveals how hidden camera investigators were able to walk into public libraries and cull "sensitive information" on vulnerabilities from what was available to the public. In the context of Bush administration "War on Terror" hysteria, this situation raises the question: Are public libraries soft on terrorism, or is the government soft on censorship?"
This week found the Free Government Information (FGI)(http://freegovinfo.info ) volunteers posting the following stories:
If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted. 160 people already have.
Fang-Face writes "There is a piece reprinted at AlterNet.org, originally published at TruthOut.org, titled
A Step Shy of Book-Burning
. It is about the closure of the EPA library, and the author, Kelpie Wilson, basically accuses the Bush administration of attempting to implement a new Dark Age. Given that:
The EPA's precipitous move to close the libraries was based on a $2 million cut in Bush's proposed $8 billion EPA budget for 2007. EPA bureaucrats did not wait to see if Congress might restore the funds or shift budget priorities in order to save the libraries; it acted immediately to box up documents for deep storage, and shut the doors.
. . . I can certainly see her point; although I do think the title is a touch over the top myself."
This week found the Free Government Information (FGI)(http://freegovinfo.info ) volunteers and November BOTM Lori Smith posting the following stories: Lori's Posts:
Lori and all the volunteers at Free Government Information wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader,consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed toget FGI stories as they are posted. 159 people already have.
After a week break, New Discussions at Free Government Information is back. The past two weeks found our volunteers, plus BOTMs Lori Smith and Tim Skeers posting the following discussions we hope you will join: Lori's Posts
In addition, volunteer James Staub was busy putting audio and notes from several librarians from the recently closed Fall 2006 Depository Library Council meeting. You can see the coverage he put together at (http://freegovinfo.info/node/714). GPO has made great strides in being more current with their official proceedings, and you can now find a mostly complete set of proceedings at (http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proce edings/06fall/index.html).Way to go GPO! If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader,consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted.
A group of 17 Democratic senators and one Independent (James Jeffords of VT) has joined the fray over whether the Environmental Protection Agency should stop a campaign to digitize materials in its technical libraries and close the facilities. The agency has portrayed the library closures as part of an effort to modernize its library system and make the materials more universally accessible, but the senators who questioned the cut cited a 2004 EPA report that found agency libraries more than paid for themselves. Here's the Senators letter to the Appropriations Committee and here's the story from Gov.Exec.
Search-Engines writes "The office of U.S. intelligence czar John Negroponte announced Intellipedia, which allows intelligence analysts and other officials to collaboratively add and edit content on the government's classified Intelink Web much like its more famous namesake on the World Wide Web. A "top secret" Intellipedia system, currently available to the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, has grown to more than 28,000 pages and 3,600 registered users since its introduction on April 17. Less restrictive versions exist for "secret" and "sensitive but unclassified" material. [ed.]I thought this comment was of interest -- "We're taking a risk," acknowledged Michael Wertheimer, the intelligence community's chief technical officer. "There's a risk it's going to show up in the media, that it'll be leaked."
This week found FGI BOTM Tim Skeers and the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) starting the following discussions we hope you will join: Tim's Posts
We'd like to thank Tim Skeers for his contributions as his month ends as FGI Blogger of the Month on Tuesday. November brings us SLU docs librarian and author Lori Smith to the FGI mike. Welcome Lori! If you use Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) or some other RSS reader, consider subscribing to the FGI Feed at http://freegovinfo.info/blog/feed to get FGI stories as they are posted.
This week found BOTM Tim Skeers and the volunteers at Free Government Information (http://freegovinfo.info)(FGI) starting the following discussions we hope you will join: Tim's Posts
"On October 17, 2006, the FDLP-L listserv announced the availability of a briefing paper to be used for discussion at the Fall 2006 Depository Library Council meeting. The paper is called Digital Distribution to Federal Depository Libraries and is available at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/council/fal l06/digitaldistribution06.pdf.
According to the FDLP posting, this document will be used in a discussion at DLC next Wednesday, October 25, 2006. We at FGI strongly encourage you to read the two page document before then. We would also like to commend Council and GPO for having this discussion and asking what seem to be good questions for a system of digital deposit.""