Anonymous Patron writes “One From Fort Worth Weekly Online says Librarians are once again fighting to keep public records public.
â€œThis administration is trying to keep information from the U.S. citizens,â€™â€™ said Monika Antonelli, a UNT librarian who monitors attempts to restrict government information. â€œWhen I worked in government documents at UNT, the cost of the program was [about] 20 cents per taxpayer, and it was money well spent. The Depository Library program received less funding than the budget for military bands. This is not about saving money but about stifling information.â€™â€™
The latest skirmish erupted last month when Russell, at a meeting of the American Library Association in Boston, announced the federal governmentâ€™s 2006 budget would include money for only â€œ50 essential titlesâ€™â€™ for the nationâ€™s 1,250 depository libraries. Hundreds of other documents that the government for years had deposited in the nationâ€™s libraries would no longer be available except online.”