>"we can pass legislation requiring their compliance." Who was it
>the other day who was worried about a totalitarian state?
>Bryan: Not me. ; )
>Also, Bryan, I DON'T believe the claim was ever that archives
>*can't* do this kind of work nor that they *should* remain not
>properly funded; it's more that they *are* not properly funded. I
>would love to know how you envision these funds being procured? In
>a time when the current administration feels the need to divert
>$3billion+ from Iraqi infrastructure rebuilding to shoring up
>security there [apparently we can't afford to do both], in a time
>when federally-mandated No Child Left Behind is underfunded by $9.5
>- $32 billion [depending upon whose study you look at], in a time
>when many state budgets are in the red, how can we expect there to
>be an outpouring of support for funding archives & film preservation
>via the public sector?
> This is the kind of discussion that needs to be raised; not by us
>in this small, small corner of the ether, but in the larger
>community we live in. We librarians and archivists are charged with
>raising the awareness of our populace to the benefits (and costs, to
>be sure) of preservation. Just think how far to this end that $3
>billion would have gone in the hands of the LoC . . .
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