California water resources and Internet Archive
I have a lot of bulletins from the California Dept. of Water Resources (DWR) in my library. And like any forward thinking librarian, I want to provide my users with links in the catalog to electronic versions of the reports whenever possible. But why scan something when somebody else has done it first?
I knew that UC Davis’ library was adding e-copies of DWR reports to the Internet Archive, so I checked to see if they had done the ones I had. When I got to the California Water Resources collection there, I discovered a nice surprise: they have an RSS feed. So now I don’t have to keep checking back all the time; I can just follow the RSS feed. (It looks as if they do more scanning in the summer, naturally.)
OK, you’re thinking, that’s great if I’m interested in California water. Get this: the Internet Archive has almost three million texts. There’s a good chance there’s a collection that will interest you and that you’ll want to follow what they post.
The British Geological Survey has posted an archive of grey literature on Southern African groundwater. Grey literature (or gray literature) is documents other than books or journal articles. It includes conference papers, pamphlets, unpublished reports, theses and dissertations, etc. It doesn’t always end up in libraries (or on the Internet), and even if it does, it doesn’t always get cataloged properly. In other words, it’s lost for all intents and purposes. I think this archive will be a real service to the people and nations of Southern Africa, who might not otherwise find this information about their own region.
(H/T Aquadoc at WaterWired)
According to On the Public Record, this and other blogs on the subject of water are blocked at the California Resources Agency. It’s not really just water blogs; apparently some heavy hand in the IT dept. is blocking any site with blogspot, wordpress, typepad, and livejournal in the URL, so I can’t take it personally that they are blocking my blog. However, I am flattered that OtPR lists this blog as one that state government workers should have access to. OtPR explains why they might want to read water blogs.
Once again, we can explore the links between California water and the written word. A graduate student asks On the Public Record for reading recommendations. She gives them in An innocent lost. The comments from readers are well worth reading, too. Note to the squeamish: frequent opinions and the occasional four-letter word will be found in the post.
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