As you may have noticed throughout the EPA library closure situation, the government’s big justification for closing the libraries has been that it is a digital age, meaning that physical libraries have lost their relevance. We know that that is hardly true, but aside from that, shouldn’t this argument mean that we will see EPA library services shifting to the web?
The opposite is what’s actually happening. A news release from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility says that the EPA library is purging electronic records and reports and making them unavailable from the EPA library website, as a part of the library closure process.
This is proof that what is really going on is not a shift to the digital era but a large scale loss of access to important environmental information.