GODORT Occasional Paper #7 posted

The GODORT Occasional Papers committee is really pleased to announce the latest contribution to the GODORT Occasional Papers Series. Brandon Burnette from Southeastern Oklahoma State university has developed a very thoughtful and comprehensive annotative bibliography that highlights a wealth of government information sources. Please have a read and share with your colleagues and students. Thanks to Brandon and to the Occasional Papers group – Bret Cloyd (Chair of GODORT Publications), Karen Hogenboom (Chair-elect of Publications), James Jacobs and John Stevenson with a special thanks to Helen Sheehy for initiating this paper.

GODORT Occasional Paper #7: “Annotated Bibliography of Native American History from United States Federal Documents: Print and Online Resources.” (PDF) June, 2012. Brandon Burnette, Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Like all of the Occasional papers, this paper illustrates the diversity of government information topics which the series includes. Papers, and more information about the series, is available at the GODORT Occasional Papers section on the GODORT wiki.

The GODORT Occasional Papers editorial board encourages others writing on government information topics to submit drafts or proposals.  More information about this series is available from GODORT Occasional Papers page.

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Help save the Statistical Abstract

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There has been a lot of discussion and suggestions for action on GOVDOC-L and various library listservs and ALA Connect about the pending demise of the Census Bureau’s Statistical Compendia Branch and along with it the elimination of the Statistical Abstract of the United States (aka Stat Abs) and all other titles produced by that branch (State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, USA Counties, Quick Facts). Here’s the US Census Bureau’s budget estimates for 2012 (PDF).

Librarians around the country are beginning to mobilize. Alesia McManus, the Library Director at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, has created a Facebook group “Save the US Statistical Abstract” to try to help spread the word and share information. ALA Washington Office has just announced a Legislative Action Alert opposing the defunding of the Statistical Compendia Branch.

Lastly, below is a sample letter that I hope all of our readers will send/email/fax to their Senators and Congressmen — many thanks to Starr Hoffman at the University of North Texas, Hailey Mooney at Michigan State University, and Kevin McLure at Chicago-Kent College of Law for getting the letter rolling! Feel free to copy and/or edit the letter to suit and forward this post far and wide.

Here’s an easy way to find the contact information of your Congressional delegation:


TO YOUR SENATOR:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator ___________:

TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVE:
The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative __________:

Paragraph 1: Why you are writing and who you are. List your “credentials.” (If you want a response, you must include your name and address, even when using email.)

My name is __________, and I’m a librarian at INSTITUTION which has served the government information needs of the constituents of your Congressional district and state since DATE LIBRARY BECAME A DEPOSITORY. I’m writing because I and many other librarians are deeply concerned that the U.S. Census Bureau’s Budget Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012 calls for the termination of the Statistical Compendia Branch which would mean the elimination of the United States Statistical Abstract and all titles produced by that branch (State and Metropolitan Area Data Book, County and City Data Book, USA Counties, Quick Facts). The library community is deeply upset at the thought of losing access to this important program and urges you to take action to stop this program change.

Paragraph 2: more details about the situation.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published annually since 1878, is a key publication for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), which provides free, public access to government information. Both the print and online versions of the “Stat Abs,” as many librarians affectionately refer to it, are on the FDLP Essential Titles list. It is the first place that many librarians, researchers, students and your constituents(!) look for statistical information, because it compiles a vast amount of information, some of it unpublished and not available anywhere else. The Statistical Abstract also provides a citation for the original source for each table, acting as a guidebook to a huge array of diverse government statistics. The Stat Abs (as well as all of the titles published by the Statistical Compendia Branch!) is a staple of reference librarians and the public for its ease of use, comprehensive content, and as a guidebook to federal statistical sources.

These long published titles — and the federal depositories that distribute it to the American public — are not an earmark, but are critical to the provision of social, economic, and political indicators to the American public and greatly benefit every American in every Congressional district. Without it, librarians, the public and your constituents(!) will waste much valuable time looking for statistics in multiple places and compiling longitudinal data.

Paragraph 3: Close by requesting the action you want taken: a vote for or against a bill, or change in general policy. If a certain bill is involved, cite the correct title or number whenever possible.

Please urge the Department of Commerce to reinstate the budget for the Census Bureau’s Statistical Compendia Branch and the essential, valuable titles that the Branch provides to the public. Many thanks for your time and your service.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME
YOUR POSITION
YOUR INSTITUTION
INSTITUTION/CONTACT INFO

References:

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP): http://fdlp.gov

FDLP Essential Titles: http://snipurl.com/essential-titles

US Census Bureau budget estimate 2012: http://snipurl.com/census-budget-estimate-2012

[NOTE: this was originally posted on Free Government Information]

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Occasional Paper #5 published!

Occasional Paper #5: Documents and Maps Association of Pennsylvania: The History of a Documents Network (PDF). March, 2011. Kathryn Yelinek, Reference Librarian/Coordinator of Government Documents at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Got an interesting idea for a GODORT Occasional Paper? Please see the wiki for details about publishing and to contact the Occasional Paper Series editors.

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