Library Closings Cause for Concern
Moreover, the scant mention of these closings I have since encountered fail to get to the root of the problem. How can we be certain that the EPA will make all of its documents available over the Internet in a timely manner? What if I have difficulty navigating the site and locating the documents I seek? Will telephone operators have the competence of trained librarians? The answers, I speculate, are as follows: "we can't," "tough luck," and "absolutely not."
What if this trend trickles into other domains, jeopardizing public libraries more generally? Academic freedom is the loser in the case of the EPA and other attempts to close these worthy public institutions with talented, helpful librarians. Thankfully, a group of Senators has requested a delay in library closings allowing for public commentary. Let's hope their request is granted, and respond by raising our voices about an issue of universal importance.