United States
Environmental Protection
Information Resources
EPA 220-N-95-012
Issue Number 57
September 1995
Library Network Communications
EPA's Libraries Provide Access to Sound
Science and Data
by Jonda Byrd, Manager, National Library Network Program
This is the first in a series o/INFO ACCESS issues that will report on activities
undertaken by the EPA Network Libraries to support the Agency's mission. This
issue reviews library activities that support sound science and risk assessment.
EPA's libraries ensure that EPA
researchers have access to reliable
scientific information by providing the
knowledge base the Agency requires for
its research and risk assessment activities.
The libraries have supported many
Agency research and response efforts over
the years by identifying and locating
scientific literature EPA staff for their
review. The staff then used this
information to assess risks to human and
ecosystem health and set standards for
continuing protection. The EPA libraries
have frequently supported teams of
scientists during environmental crises
such as the dioxin contamination at Times
Beach, the Valdez Oil Spill in Prince
William Sound in Alaska and the
outbreak of Cryptosporidium in
Milwaukee's drinking water.
The Agency's thirteen laboratory
libraries support ongoing research by
EPA scientists in a wide range of
disciplines. These libraries have developed
special collections based on the specific
research in progress by EPA scientists at
each facility. The information identified
and organized by these specialized
libraries is shared by libraries throughout
the Network through its Online Library
Working Together to
Sustain the Knowledge
The EPA Network Libraries are working
together to ensure that we continue to
provide scientific and technical
information in a cost-efficient way by
coordinating collection development and
sharing resources. In 1993, we published
the first draft of Core List for an
Environmental Reference Collection, a
publication that identifies key sources of
environmental information. We plan to
update this publication during FY 1996.
This summer we began a project to
develop a companion core list of journals
that will identify key serial resources
needed in each of the EPA Libraries. The
Core List of Journals will become a
valuable collection development tool for
the libraries to use in making informed
decisions about the acquisition of
In This Issue ...
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Value of Libraries
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Sound Science and Data: A Guiding
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Coming in Future Issues of INFO
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EPA's Libraries Support Sound
Science and Data
Page 5
Examples of EPA Library Support
of Sound Science
Page 7
Cataloging EPA Resources on the
Page 9
Welcome to the EPA Library
Pages 10-11
Around the Network
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ENVIRO$ENSE or The Rebirth of
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a scientific and technical knowledge
base for EPA staff.
¦ The EPA librarians have the necessary
skills to identify and locate reliable,
credible scientific and technical
information sources, and to assist EPA
staff in retrieving the resources they
Future issues of INFO ACCESS will
explore other guiding principles in EPA's
strategic plan and illustrate EPA Library
Network activities in support of those
principles. *
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The Network will also identify key and
unique resources held by each EPA
Library in support of research in specific
subject specialities. The establishment of
these subject specialities will ensure that
a broader spectrum of information
sources is available to EPA staff through
the libraries. At the same time, the
libraries will use the information gathered
in this effort to take steps in reducing
duplication of costly marginally useful
Developing Electronic
Access to Sound Science
With the advancement of information
technology our ability to share and
disseminate information has vastly
Library services have reflected this by
bringing more information to the desktop
through CD-ROM networks and library
LANs. The EPA Libraries will continue
to develop mechanisms to assist EPA staff
with the use of electronic sources of
scientific and technical information. The
strength of the EPA Library Network
rests on these two pillars:
¦ The EPA Libraries have access to vast
collections of information that provides
INFO ACCESS, a forum to provide information and report on progress in
information management across the Agency, is produced by the Information Access
Branch (IAB) of the Information Management and Services Division (IMSD),
Washington, D.C., under the direction of Jonda Byrd, National Library Network
Program Manager. Please send comments and suggestions to: Mary Hoffman
(contractor), Network Coordinator, 1521 East Franklin Street, B300, Chapel Hill,
NC 27514. Telephone: (919)968-3849. Electronic mail: Hoffman.Mary.
More on the Value
of Special Libraries
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in How Good is Your Libraryi (As-
sociation for Information Manage-
ment, 1990)
As a follow-up to Donald King's keynote
presentation on the value of special
libraries at the library meeting in Denver,
we would like to note the availability of
additional information on this topic. The
Summer 1995 issue of Special Libraries
contains an article by Alison M. Keyes
that reviews literature on valuing libraries
and evaluates techniques for determining
their monetary value. Ms. Keyes presents
a four-part approach to valuation,
emphasizing the importance of
identifying costs, estimating benefits from
the users point of view, noting the
positive impacts of library use, and
analyzing the data to determine a fiscal
conclusion. The article outlines areas for
further research and includes an annotated
bibliography with 24 references. Anyone
who would like to review the article and
can not locate a copy of this issue can
contact Mary Hoffman (contractor),
Library Network Coordinator, at
"The Value of the Special Library: Review and
Analysis," Alison M. Keyes. Special Libraries,
86(3): 1172-187, Summer 1995
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Coming in Future
Issues of
Sound Science and Data:
A Guiding Principle
The "Introduction" to the summary of
EPA s strategic plan, The New Generation
of Environmental Protection, presents a
set of seven principles to be applied to all
agency programs and activities. Sound sci-
ence and data is one ofthe guiding principles
at the core of EPA's strategic plan and a key
element in the EPA Library Network's sup-
port of the agency. The following text was
excerpted form EPA's strategic plan. The
articles on thefollowing pages illustrate how
the libraries support the guiding principle
of sound science and data.
Sound science and data provide the
foundation for EPA's environmental
protection programs. Science helps the
Agency understand the processes and
practices that cause pollution, evaluate the
risks that pollution poses to humans and
ecosystems, and develop technologies and
policies to prevent or mitigate risks.
Without a strong knowledge base, the
Agency could not understand the causes
and effects of pollution or solve
environmental problems. Without the
ability to access and integrate data and
information from a variety of sources,
advances in scientific understanding
would be limited.
Through the turn of the century strong
science and data will continue to be
critical to the environmental community.
What are the best ways to protect and
restore the necessary functions of whole
ecosystems. What harmful pollutants are
people exposed to, and how can these
exposures be reduced? What technologies
and other tools can be used to prevent
pollution before it happens? How can
people be motivated to adopt
environmentally sound practices? These
and other questions must be answered in
order to develop and implement effective
environmental policies.
One of the EPA's objectives relating to this
guiding principle is to ensure that the
nation's environmental policies are based
on the best science and information
available.* The Agency will expand its
scientific capability to study
environmental problems, evaluate trends
in environmental quality, and identify
and analyze emerging environmental
issues - 50% of EPA's research resources
will be targeted toward long-term research
efforts. EPA will improve the
environmental information infrastructure
to ensure that people both inside and
outside EPA have access to timely,
meaningful information. EPA will lead
in the development of environmental
technologies, methods, and innovative
policy tools to enhance environmental
quality. ^5*
*from The New Generation of Environmental
Protection; A Summary of EPA's Five-Year Strategic
Plan. Office of the Administrator, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Washington,
DC. July 1994. EPA 200-2-94-001.
This issue o/lNFO ACCESS is the first in
a series of issues that will address EPA
Library Network participation in and
support of the guiding principles outlined
in the Agency's strategic plan. In the
coming months, INFO ACCESS will
focus on each of the following topics in turn,
describing library activities and relevant
•	Reinventing Environmental
Management - Identifying EPA's
primary customers and their needs;
defining and setting customer service
standards, and achieving greater
customer satisfaction.
¦	Ecosystem Protection - a place-based
approach - increasing the availability
and facilitating the flow of information
to empower individuals and
•	Environmental Justice - ensuring
improved public participation in and
access to information on
environmental and human health
•	Pollution Prevention - providing
information to the regulated
community and the public about
reducing and eliminating pollution at
the source.
•	Partnerships - improving
communications and data sharing
among all partners, including other
federal agencies, state and local
governments, tribes, non-
governmental organizations, the
regulated community, and the public.
•	Environmental Accountability -
providing information to inform the
public and the regulated community
to promote the kind of responsible
behavior that leads to and beyond
compliance with national
environmental laws.
¦	National Environmental Indicators -
supporting the inter-Agency
development of a set of indicators to
measure environmental quality.
¦	National Environmental Goals -
supporting the Agency's work to
develop measurable environmental

EPA's Libraries Support Sound Science and Data
National Library Network Program
Since the EPA Library Network was
founded nearly 25 years ago, its mission
has been to support the work of the
Agency. EPA staff are involved in a
significant amount of research and
scientific study, and the libraries have
become the knowledge base for sound
science and data. They support EPA staff
working on diverse projects across the
nation, from air pollution control
technology and hazardous waste site
remediation to research into the effect of
contaminants on marine life. Work done
by EPA's researchers can involve basic
sciences such as biology and chemistry,
earth sciences such as geology, and applied
sciences such as engineering. The
diversity of this work is reflected in the
collections that have been built by the
EPA librarians at more than 28 sites
around the agency.
The libraries support sound science at
EPA in a variety of ways. To explain it
simplistically, one can say that they
provide access to reliable sources of
information. Over the last 25 years this
has involved developing and maintaining
collections of relevant materials in various
formats, conducting subject searches in
bibliographic sources, compiling and
distributing current awareness updates to
keep staff informed about scientific and
technical developments, compiling
customized bibliographies of citations and
abstracts on topics of interest to
researchers, assembling pathfinders to
specific information sources, and
preparing information packets to keep
agency staff informed about information
resources and services available through
their library. See the box on page 5,
Examples ofEPA Library Support of Sound
Science, for several specific examples of
library support.
The EPA libraries also support sound
science by helping to promote the use of
Agency databases to EPA staff and other
on-site visitors. They make the databases,
and the environmental data compiled by
EPA researchers, available in the library
and assist EPA staff and other patrons
with their use. For example, the EPA
libraries added the Office of Health and
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Environmental Assessment's risk
assessment and exposure models CD-
ROMs to their collections, recommended
their use to library clients when
appropriate, and evaluated the
effectiveness of the search software used
to access the data. The EPA libraries
provided a similar forum for the
Integrated Risk Information System
(IRIS) database until other points of access
were developed. In several EPA facilities,
regional and program offices use the
libraries as a central point of access for
new databases and new formats. For
example, in Region 4, the Library worked
with agency GIS specialists to establish a
GIS workstation to facilitate agency staff
use of GIS information produced by and
for the agency.
Expanding Access to
In recent years, the EPA librarians have
started to explore the vast resources of
scientific and technical information
available on the Internet. Their assistance
in identifying and organizing access to
these electronic storehouses of
information will be invaluable to the
EPA researchers and scientists. Not only
will the librarians help them identify
relevant sources of information, but they
will also assist them with the use of
Internet, through one-on-one and small
group training sessions. Several of the
libraries have established or are
establishing Internet workstations in the
library for agency staff who do not have
access from their offices, and the public.
Another of the many ways in which EPA
libraries can expand or enhance their
access to scientific and technical
information is to establish agreements or
partnerships with local university and
technical libraries. Many of the EPA
libraries are members of regional library
networks, such as NELINET,
which facilitate interlibrary loan and
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Examples of EPA Library Support of Sound Science
The EPA Libraries have assisted EPA researchers and scientists with a variety of information services for over two decades. Follow-
ing are brief descriptions ofsome of the ways in which the libraries have supported EPA staff:
¦	At EPA research laboratories in Duluth, Corvallis, and Gulf Breeze, the librarians maintain reprint files of papers and articles produced
as a result of research done at the laboratory, and coordinate their distribution. In addition they maintain publications databases to keep
track of the research papers and periodically publish bibliographies of these publications for distribution to other EPA sites, as well as the
greater scientific community. Through this activity, the libraries facilitate the exchange of scientific information within and outside the
¦	The Region 1 Library which developed the Index to EPA Test Methods to help agency staff and the public identify test methods, continually
updates the index and routinely provides copies of it to requesters from around the world. Librarians at the Headquarters and Cincinnati
libraries used the Index as a guideline to establish test method collections to make these methods more readily accessible and to better
support Agency scientists.
¦	Librarians in the Region 3 Library and the Hazardous Waste Technical Information Center provided information support for a mid-
Atlantic environmental indicators project. They assisted toxicologists and hydrologists in the Hazardous Waste Management Division
obtain information on chemicals, water quality and groundwater pollution for the states that comprise EPA's Region 3.
¦	At EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory in Gulf Breeze, the librarian worked with chemists to identify EPA test methods relevant
to their research. During the course of the project, the chemists verified the validity of several test methods.
¦	At the OPPT Library at EPA Headquarters, staff routinely compile articles and background material to assist EPA scientists with their
evaluation of pre-manufacturing notices for chemicals and determination of potential health effects of the products.
¦	Region 1 library staff supported researchers in the region's Wetlands Protection Section working on the Sears Island Project by assembling
data on shellfish, finfish, birds and endangered species in Upper Penobscot Bay.
¦	At the Central Regional Library in Annapolis, the librarian assisted laboratory chemists with Earth Day outreach activities. The outreach
team traveled to schools and other federal facilities to present information about agency research projects at the laboratory and answer
questions posed by the participants.
¦	The Office of Water Librarian in the Headquarters Library assembled information on the Florida Biodiversity Project for staff in the
Nonpoint Source Control Branch in the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds.
¦	At EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory in Duluth, the librarian supports the researchers working with the ACQUIRE (Aquatic
Information Retrieval Toxicity Database) project by identifying and obtaining research papers and articles about freshwater toxicity and
related topics.
¦	The AWBERC Library at EPA's research facility in Cincinnati conducted extensive research and then compiled a bibliography of information
about electromagnetic fields (emf), in response to increasing demands for information from EPA staff and the public.
¦	At EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory in Gulf Breeze, the librarian worked with the laboratory's senior scientist to prepare a
presentation handout for a seminar on the environmental aspects of heavy metal pollution.
¦	Headquarters Library staff assisted staff in the Office of Water, Health & Ecological Criteria Division with the collection of research data
on the effects of water contaminants. The researcher mentioned the Headquarters Library in his acknowledgments when the article was
published in a scientific journal.

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document delivery activities between
members. Several of the EPA libraries
have also established special agreements
with local non-EPA libraries in their area
to support agency research, for example:
¦	The NHEERL/WED-Corvallis
Library and the libraries at the Mark
O. Hatfield Marine Science Center and
Oregon State University.
¦	The ERL-Narragansett Library and the
Pell Marine Laboratory.
¦	The AWBERC Library in Cincinnati
and the University of Cincinnati.
¦	The SPRD Library in Ada and the
Cline Library at Northern Arizona
University, the Ralph W. Steen Library
at Stephen F. Austin State University,
and the Rice University Library.
¦	The NERL/CRD-LV Library and the
University of Las Vegas.
These special agreements can take a
variety of forms, usually depending on the
flexibility of the organizations involved.
They can range from simple reciprocal
borrowing agreements to more complex
negotiations for resource sharing and
cooperative collection development.
Regional Activities
As you might expect, the amount of level
of support provided by the EPA libraries
varies from one region to another, and
from one laboratory to another,
depending on the research conducted and
the resources allocated to the library.
Following are descriptions of library
support for research-related projects in
two regions, Region 4 and Region 9:
Region 4—Atlanta
Since 1990, the Region 4 library has
provided support for several EPA science
and research projects, including extensive
research or consultant services. The
library's contribution to the projects
included the development of
bibliographies, preparation of conference
proceedings, online research, consultation
of national/international experts and
sources, and development and operation
of clearinghouses. In addition, the library
staff identifies and recommends Internet
resources and services, and conducts
information surveys and needs
assessments. The librarians routinely
develop and submit recommendations
for new information technology for the
Information Management Branch LAN,
and for Internet and training initiatives.
Region 4 Library support of sound
science has included participation in the
following research projects:
Region 9—San Francisco
In the Region 9 Library, the library staff
provided extensive assistance to a
Superfund staff member by identifying
materials on trichloroethylene (TCE) for
the creation of a TCE library. The TCE
Superfund Information Library, located
in Tucson, Arizona, is funded by a grant
form the EPA and managed by the El
Pueblo Neighborhood Center. It serves
as the official Superfund document
repository in Tucson, providing local
citizens and other requesters with
information pertaining to the clean-up of
the TCE-contaminated Tucson
International Airport Area Superfund
Site. Region 9 Library staff first
conducted searches on all available
databases in order to find TCE-related
documents, including books, reports, and
journal articles. They then copies
documents available in the Region 9
library and requested numerous other
items through interlibrary loan.
¦	Development of standards for
wetlands, for the review of the Regional
wetlands policy;
¦	Investigation of landscape biology toxic
fire hazards;
¦	Studying the long term health effects
of radioisotopes;
¦	Establishment of EPA regulations
based on ecosystem management;
¦	Studying the short-term or long-term
effects of oil spills into lakes, rivers and
¦	Investigation into the efficacy of natural
gas vehicles;
¦	Studying indoor air quality;
¦	Identifying and recommending GIS
(Geographic Information System) and
working with EPA GIS personnel to
set up GIS information service; and
¦	Studying coral reefs.
In Conclusion
Without a strong knowledge base, the
Agency can not analyze and understand
the causes and effects of pollution or solve
environmental problems. Without the
ability to access and integrate data and
information from a variety of sources,
advances in scientific understanding
would be limited. The EPA Library
Network plans to continue to explore
new and more substantive ways to
provide access to reliable sources of sound
scientific information. To ensure that
they are providing high-quality relevant
support, the libraries will continue to
solicit feedback from agency scientists and
researchers about their effective use of
library resources and services.

Cataloging EPA Resources on the Internet
Headquarters Library, Washington, DC
Identifying scientific and technical
information resources on the Internet is
becoming a significant part of the EPA
libraries' support of sound science. The
Headquarters Library is actively
participating in Internet-related activities,
including an OCLC-sponsored project to
organize access to sources available on the
Internet. Headquarters Library staff are
also developing policies and procedures for
orienting EPA staff to effective use of the
On May 12,1995, the EPA Headquarters
Library registered as a participant in
OCLC's Internet Cataloging Project.
The objective of this project is to create a
database of bibliographic records that
provide description, location, and access
information (US MARC field 856) for
electronic files accessible via the Internet.
Project participants identify, select, and
catalog Internet- accessible resources and
contribute those machine-readable
records to OCLC.
EPA program offices have been putting
lots of EPA publications and other hot
information on the Internet, including
many EPA documents, e-journals,
reference sources, software and databases.
However it is very difficult to search those
electronic files. Despite the fact that there
are some searching tools such as Veronica,
WAIS, and Web Crawler to search the
gopher and WWW sites, it is still a
problem to find exactly what one wants
in a timely fashion. The Internet
Cataloging Project is designed to provide
an alternative approach to enable users to
search Internet resources in a better
organized and structured way. The
Headquarters Library's goal is trying to
make EPA Internet resources searchable
in the Online Library System (OLS),
EPA's national library catalog.
Building a Catalog of EPA
Electronic Publications
One may ask, "if the Internet is so big,
how do you select and catalog the
resources?" While this might be a big
problem for Internet resources as a whole,
it is not for EPA resources, because the
number of EPA publications available on
the Internet is at a manageable level. Take
a look at the EPA gopher menu or EPA
public access home page on the Web, and
you will find a heading for "EPA Offices
and Regions*. Most EPA publications are
stored under this directory or linkage tree
in various submenus.
OCLC field 856 is designed specifically
for Electronic Location and Access. It
gives all the information you need, such
as access method, URL, host name, file
size, etc., to access the electronic
document. After the electronic EPA
publications are cataloged in OCLC, their
bibliographic records are downloaded
into OLS. In OLS, MARC field 856 is
translated into a new field called
"Internet/Access". OLS programmers are
currently working on adjusting the
system code, so that the screen display for
the Internet/Access field looks better.
Once this work is done, we will be ready
to catalog a large amount of EPA
resources that are available on the
Internet, and hence build a catalog of EPA
electronic publications. Then, instead of
stumbling around on a huge "web" of the
cyberspace and trying to find some
specific EPA documents, you can just do
a quick search on OLS, get the URL and/
or other access information, and directly
access the full-text documents online.
One of the Advantages:
Improved Searchability
The advantages of cataloging Internet
resources lies in the better searchability
provided by online library systems. In
OLS, for instance, we can do a title search,
a keyword search, an author search, an
EPA report number search, a boolean
logic search, a proximity search, and so
on. None of the Internet search tools
offers such rich searching functionalities.
After the EPA electronic publications are
cataloged, you will not need to browse
the Internet menu by menu, link by link,
or item by item when you want to find
an EPA document. OLS will be the first
place to check and it will give the
necessary information for direct and easy
access, particularly if you know the EPA
document number, the title of a
document, or want to find documents on
a specific topic. OLS will be very effective
in finding the answer quickly and leading
you to the documents themselves.
Another advantage of creating a
bibliographic database for Internet
resources is that it integrates electronic
resources into libraries' information
systems. Therefore, by searching one
integrated system, patrons can retrieve
essential information regardless of the
medium or format of the information.
Many EPA program offices are publishing
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their documents both in book format and electronically on the Internet. When EPA
electronic publications (and other multimedia materials) are cataloged, OLS will be
turned into an integrated search engine for materials in any format, including Internet
files (remote access), CD-ROMS, computer disks, audiovisuals, and printed books
and journals. For an EPA document that is issued both in book format and as an
Internet file, patrons could have the option of accessing the document in either format.
If a printed document is not owned by a local library, which occurs very often, patrons
can then use the electronic file accessible via the Internet. This will help to reduce the
ILL requests among Agency libraries. Remote access of electronic files also allows
patrons to get documents from their desktop computers, instead of coming to the
Perspectives for Future Development
Cataloging Internet resources is in its initial stage. There are many things to be done
in the future. Some libraries are thinking of establishing a link between the URLs in
the bibliographic records in online library catalogs and the real full-text files on the
Internet. Now if you search OLS and find an URL for a document, you have to log
off OLS first and then log on to the Internet to view the document. If we create links
between OLS URLs and their full-text documents on the net, all patrons need to do
is to click the mouse on the URL in the bibliographic record, and immediately the
document itself is brought up on the screen. Of course this is not an easy work, it
requires a coordination of efforts by system technical experts and librarians.
A closer relationship between the librarians and the electronic publishing people needs
to be developed. If EPA program offices could notify the libraries when they publish
new documents, archive or delete old documents on the Internet, it would give
librarians great convenience to build and maintain an up-to-date database.
In addition to cataloging electronic resources published by EPA, we will also catalog
other environmental related resources. The long term goal is to build a bibliographic
database of EPA electronic publications and other major environmental resources
that are available on the Internet. If you want to learn more about this project you
can contact Ruihong Zhang (contractor), Catalog Librarian at the Headquarters
Library, at (202) 260-5060.


Electronic Access
to Info Access
Later this fall you will be able to read
an electronic version of Info Access.
The newsletter will be posted on
EPA's Gopher and under "NEWS"
on EPA's Website at http://
www.epa.gov. Electronic copies of
the September and October issues
should be available at the end of
October. For more information,
please feel free to contact Jonda Byrd
at 513-569-7183 or Mary Hoffman
(contractor) at 919-968-3849 for

New Contacts
Network Libraries
There are several new faces and voices around the network this
month. Please note these changes on your contact lists.
¦	Sheila Denn (contractor) and Kristen Roland (contractor),
new library technicians and ELL contacts for the RTP Library
in North Carolina
¦	Rosemary Dumais (contractor), the new Head Librarian at
the Region 10 Library in Seattle
¦	Tracy Dunkelberger (contractor), at the AWBERC National
Center for Environmental Awareness in Cincinnati
¦	Frances Hitchon, the new ADOPO, for the Region 9
Library, San Francisco
¦	Jennifer Kaysak (contractor), the new EFIN Librarian at
¦	Kay Klayman (contractor), a GILS Librarian at Headquarters
¦	Annette Lage, the new DOPO for the CRL-Annapolis
Library and Denise Buckingham, the new ADOPO
¦	Rebecca Mazur (contractor), the newest GILS Librarian at
the Headquarters Library
¦	Vivian Milczarski (contractor), the new Public Services/
Reference Librarian at the Region 2 Library in New York
¦	Martha Miller (contractor), the new Library Technician and
ILL contact in the Region 7 IRC
¦	JoAnn Peterson (contractor), new Library Technician and
ILL contact at the Region 10 Library, Seattle
¦	John Shores (contractor), new manager of the Region 10 PIC,
¦	Doris Thomas (contractor), new Library Technician and ILL
contact at the Region 6 Library, Dallas
Six new staff members joined the INFOTERRA/USA team in
July and August:
Linda Nainis (contractor), Head Librarian
Terri King (contractor), reference librarian
Joy Siegel (contractor), reference librarian
Dimity Smith (contractor), reference librarian"'
Linda Tripp (contractor), reference librarian
Dale Jachlewski (contractor), library technician
* Until mid-May, Dimity was a member of the Headquarters
Library staff.
Superfund Information Center/HQ Library
A new SIC team was recruited in early August:
¦	Jim Kirchner (contractor), the new Librarian
¦	Linda Gray (contractor), the new Library Information

Around the Network
The materials will be entered into the
library's OPAC with appropriate
location headers and contact information.
This is the first step in centralizing
information access throughout the
Region. It is estimated that every branch
or division in the region has a collection
of materials that could be useful to other
divisions or the region as a whole. For
more information about this project you
can contact Eveline Goodman
(contractor), the Region 2 Librarian.
Internet End User Training
in Region 4
Atlanta, GA. The Region IV Library has
been offering Internet training to regional
personnel for the past year and a half. The
original training consisted of a basic
course on how to join and participate on
a listserv discussion group. This was a
highly popular course, given in the
Information Center Training Room and
attended by over 150 EPA personnel. The
Library has also just introduced Gopher
training to the Region. After two
successful classes, the Library will
experiment with a "Gopher Open
House", by inviting EPA personnel to
come to the training room at their
convenience, to get tips and practice. Of
course, there are always some problems
to work out. With the Internet Listserv
course, the participants were required to
have All-In-One accounts. Many EPA
personnel who signed up did not have an
account, a problem which was solved by
directing future course notices only to
personnel with accounts. There was also
This section o/INFO ACCESS is used to report on library plans, activities, plans, outreach, and other projects. Contact Mary
Hoffman (contractor), Library Network Coordinator, at (919) 968-3849 or on email at hoffman.mary, if you would like to
contribute to Around the Network.
Region 5 Library - Internet
Chicago, IL. The Head Librarian, Penny
Boyle (contractor), conducted a
presentation titled, "Internet: Plain &
Fancy," for three groups of more than 100
persons. The presentation focuses on the
Internet access that is available to each
regional employee through CrossTalk, a
communications software package.
Region 5 Librarian Pat Magierski
(contractor), prepared a template
summarizing gopher and lynx access and
commands for distribution to
presentation participants. Ms. Boyle
based the presentation on Ms. Magierski's
Internet Note, which is routinely uploaded
to the regional LAN and the template.
The librarians also prepared a additional
handouts and an evaluation form. For
more information about the presentation
or Internet Note, contact Penny Boyle
(contractor) or Pat Magierski (contractor)
at (312) 353-2022.
Whole New Team
Washington, DC. Six new staff members
joined the INFOTERRA/USA team this
summer. Linda Nainis (contractor), the
new Head Librarian, moved to
INFOTERRA after a brief stint at the
OPPT Library. The other new
INFOTERRANs are Terri King
(contractor), an INFOTERRA reference
librarian; J oy Siegel (contractor), theEP3
Librarian; Dimity Smith (contractor), the
CONAMA Librarian; Linda Tripp
(contractor), an INFOTERRA reference
librarian; and Dale Jachlewski
(contractor), the INFOTERRA
technician. Remember to refer all
international requests to Linda and the
new INFOTERRA team. The main
INFOTERRA/USA phone number is
(202) 260-5917 and their email box is
Library-Infoterra. Join us in welcoming
them to the EPA Library Network!
Cincinnati, OH. Librarians at the
AWBERC Library in Cincinnati have
compiled a bibliography on
electromagnetic fields to respond to
demands for more information on this
topic, both from EPA staff at AWBERC
staff and from the public. The
bibliography, Electromagnetic Fields, is
composed of citations from Enviroline,
produced by Bowker, and NTIS,
produced by Silver Platter. If you are
interested in obtaining an electronic copy
of the bibliography, contact Nancy
Austin (contractor), at the AWBERC
Library, via email at Austin.Nancy.
Centralizing Information
Access in Region 2
New York, NY. A new service is being
offered by the Region 2 Library. At the
request of a branch or division chief,
library staff will go to the branch or
division to organize and catalog materials.

the problem of personnel taking the
course, joining a listserv, then either
becoming disinterested or never using All-
In-One again. When the agency switched
to integrated cc:mail, these people started
receiving numerous messages, much to
their dismay. This situation will be
handled by scheduling another open
house so EPA personnel can come to the
training room for assistance in signing off.
Over all, the Internet training has been a
success. It has helped many EPA
personnel discover new information
sources and colleagues. Future training
may focus on the World Wide Web
through either Netscape or Mosaic. If you
want to know about Internet end user
training in Region 4, you can contact
Priscilla Pride (contractor) at (404) 347-
4216 ext. 6046 or John Nemeth
(contractor) at (404) 347-4216 ext. 6050.
Making Lead Phasedown
Information Accessible
Washington, DC. As a follow-up to the
1994 Summit of the Americas, EPA is
developing a WWW site on lead
phasedown (phasing out the use of leaded
gasoline) that is targeted toward
developing countries in the Western
Hemisphere. INF OTERRA/USA staff
are assisting the Office of Policy, Planning
and Evaluation in an effort to identify
EPA and other reports on lead
phasedown or phaseout that can be placed
at the website for broad access. During
the first stage of the project,
INFOTERRA librarians conducted
extensive searches on several databases,
including OLS, Environment Abstracts,
Enviroline, and PAIS for review by
OPPE staff. The INFOTERRA staff also
contacted Cindy Livingston (contractor),
NVFEL librarian, for assistance in
identifying relevant titles. In the second
stage of the project, the INFOTERRA
librarians contacted the Society of
Automotive Engineers, Motor Vehicle
Association of America, World Bank and
Inter-America development Bank to
determine if they had produced any
reports on the topic. The Society of
Automotive Engineers provided a list of
SAE reports on the topic. Efforts to
contact appropriate contacts at the other
organizations to assist with this project
are continuing. For more information
about this project, contact Linda Nainis
(contractor) at (202) 260-5638. *
The Rebirth of an Electronic Bulletin Board
Pollution Prevention Resource Center, San Francisco
For those of you who have been waiting for the PIES Electronic Bulletin Board
System to rise from the dead...and for those of you who believed PIES' death
was long overdue and longed for it to be taken out of its dysfunctional misery—and
even for those of you who like machines better than people, and prefer the
comforting murmur of data being captured to the frustrated start-and-stop gasps
of paper struggling through the copier...a new electronic pollution prevention
BBS has been born. Actually, that's a slight exaggeration. EnviroSense, up and
running since early Spring, is in some ways a resurrection of the old PIES System;
however it's new and improved.
You can dial into EnviroSense from your cubicle, and view or download hundreds
of files. There's a section on Presidential Executive Orders and another on Federal
Laws, so you can quickly view the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, or the full
text of E.O. 12873, The Federal Acquisitions, Recycling and Waste Prevention
order. Y ou can also access policy and guidance documents, environmental justice
fact sheets, or information on hotlines, equipment vendors, federal personnel
training and a calendar of events. Technical information is also available.
Through keyword searching one can view case studies on solvent substitutes
and waste reduction measures for dozens of industries, and fact sheets ranging
from reducing cardboard waste in the office to simple methods for maintaining
a clean auto repair shop.
Don't delay! Learn the easy way to access pollution prevention information.
Through the Modem Pool on Lotus Notes dial 703-908-2092 and look around!
And if you think you're a cybernetic neanderthal, your librarians are willing
and eager to help you skip gracefully along the information highway. Call the
Pollution Prevention Librarian, Karen Sundheim, at 415-744-1508 for a quick,
individualized lesson.
- reprinted from the May 1993 issue of Library Line, the bulletin ofthe EPA Region
9 Library