VI. INFORMATION AND TRAINING NEEDS
B. Environmental information dissemination and services
4. Enviro-library services
The number of reference materials in the Department of Environment enviro-library steadily increased over the years. Up to the end of 1995, a total of 14,404 reference materials were catalogued and 14,204 records were computerised, an increase of about 6 per cent compared with the previous year. Materials that were catalogued included books, reports, seminar papers as well as working papers prepared by Department of Environment officers. Regrettably, for the third consecutive year, the Department had not received any allocation for the acquisition of books and magazines.
Environmental news in the mass media continued to increase in 1995. That was clearly shown by the increase in the number of newspaper reports related to the subject throughout the year. Library users can now retrieve such cuttings through the DOKUMAS computerization system which is available in the library.
Since the library opened in 1983, the number of library users has continued to increase. A total of 2,991 outside users were recorded in 1995, the majority of whom were students.