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EPA Makes Chemical Information More Accessible to Public For the first time

(epa.gov): EPA is for the first time providing free access to the consolidated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Chemical Substance Inventory on its Web site. Also for the first time the Inventory is available at Data.gov as a dataset and as an extraction tool, which makes the data easier to manipulate. In the coming months, EPA will take further steps to increase transparency and make more information available to the public, including adding TSCA facility information, and the list of chemicals manufactured to the Facility Registry System (FRS). FRS is an integrated database that provides the public with easier access to EPA's environmental information and better tools for cross-media environmental analysis.
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Ceramic society launches new glass science and applications journal

(firstscience.com): From cutting-edge photovoltaic power generation systems to substrates for repairing or even growing new human tissue, glass-based materials are playing an expanding role in the world's scientific and technical advances. Against this backdrop, The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) has launched a major peer-reviewed journal dedicated to applied glass research: The International Journal of Applied Glass Science (IJAGS). The inaugural issue of IJAGS includes articles on glass for use in medicine, architecture, liquid crystal display systems, optical applications, mechanical strength and chemical durability.
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First rise in library borrowing for 20 years

(thebookseller.com): Book issuing has increased for the first time in more than 20 years, according to provisional figures drawn from the latest set of library statistics. But spending on books by libraries has fallen. Library campaigner Tim Coates has analysed the provisional figures for the year 2008/09 from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The statistics coincide with the beginning of the recession, which has been reported to have increased library use within individual authorities. Finalised CIPFA statistics will be published next Monday (22nd).
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National Broadband Plan must lead to universal, affordable access, says ALA

(wo.ala.org): There are great opportunities proposed in the National Broadband Plan and still much important public debate facing the American public on these critical broadband issues. As the plan moves forward, it must lead to digital inclusion - not exclusion. Since libraries serve a critical role in today's information society, ALA will be active in this important policy-making. The plan captures the need for universal affordable broadband access to individuals at home through libraries and other anchor institutions as well as for local governments and all levels of education institutions.
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Internet history - should it be archived?

(government.zdnet.com): Among the many arguments for copyright and anti-counterfeiting law (ACTA) and piracy treaties, another debate has been slowly making its way to the surface that government will have to decide upon as policy. Should the 'history' of the internet be preserved? Spearheading this initiative are several organizations, among them the National Library of Wales in the United Kingdom. The Internet is a fast changing content space. News organizations archive stories for future reference (including ZDNet) and thus the integrity of the stories is maintained. But will they be archived for use forever?
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