Having trouble finding good, reliable, government information on a specific topic, like the Electoral College or Recycling? Or perhaps you'd like to browse a collection of useful government links on a broad topic like Education or the Military, and find a jewel of a useful website?
You should try our Government Information on the Web Subject Index!
The Index provides a single portal to link collections on particular subjects, taking advantage of the varied organizational schemes and terminologies developed by librarians around the country.
And the Index has just had its value acknowledged at the highest level—it's been designated an official Service Partner of the Government Printing Office, one of a handful of operations nationwide that "assist GPO to provide enhanced services to Federal depository libraries."
We are deeply honored to have our work so recognized by GPO, and are very excited at the national exposure that St. Mary's and the Blume Library will enjoy, especially in the library community, as a result of the Partnership.
Depository libraries receive tangible government publications, access to electronic publications (some of which are not freely available to the public), training, and support from the Government Printing Office. Established in 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program's purpose is to "to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information." At St. Mary's, both the Blume Library and the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library are depositories. Across the nation, there are over 1200.
Government information can be useful in all sorts of research projects. Check out the Index, by all means, but if you need further assistance in finding government data or reports, ask a Reference Librarian.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
How healthy are the residents in the county where you live? Do the local residents eat lots of fruits and vegetables? Is there a low incidence of obesity? What percentage of the local population smokes? You can easily find this information through several health statistics web sites. The Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI) site allows users to view data for any county in the United States. The site is a partnership between federal agencies and several private non-profit organizations. The data is obtained from a number of federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Census Bureau, and Department of Labor. You can even easily generate a 12-page booklet with the data and graphics for your county. After selecting the state and then the county you which to examine, select the Print Full Report option on the right side of the screen and your booklet will automatically be formatted!
Another site that makes a game out of comparing one city (really the county) against another on several health and quality of life measures is Community Clash, provided by MeYou Health, a private well-being company that encourages people to pursue, achieve and maintain a healthy life through education and fun. Play Community Clash and see how your city compares to the rival city of your choice!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Several weeks ago we noted that the World Bank Group opened their data to all. Now the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is making their OECD Factbook 2010 freely accessible through a downloadable app available for your mobile device. The OECD Factbook is arranged by 12 themes such as population and migration, macroeconomic trends, and globalization. Each indicator includes a table showing the latest available data for the 30 OECD countries, and data for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation and South Africa where available. The data in the OECD Factbook are available in several formats. The mobile app for the OECD Factbook 2010 can be freely downloaded at the App Shopper site.
[image and information from OECD and App Shopper sites]