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November 14, 2014

HOT DOC – ACS questions on chopping block: public comments welcome!

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A new article on the American Association for the Advancement of Science website discusses the Census Bureau’s proposal to cut several questions from the American Community Survey, a proposal that the article presents as a response to Congressional critics of the ACS:

Can Question No. 12 Survive? Researchers Fight to Retain a Question About College Degrees on American Community Survey

The article notes that the proposal, published in the October 31 Federal Register, is open for public comments.

The article also quotes a Census Bureau official as saying he has “no dog in the fight,” but as a gov info enthusiast, maybe you feel like you do. Comments are due December 30.  If you’re interested in more background on this, the Census Project Blog has been covering it for quite a while.

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor &​ Government Documents Librarian (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu)

October 31, 2014

Hot Doc: Voting information for Tuesday’s election

hot docIf you didn’t vote early, there is still time, but not much!

Friday Early Voting

10/31/2014
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bulloch County Courthouse or Honey Bowen Building
Statesboro, GA  30458

If you don’t vote early, plan to vote Tuesday, November 4th!  Check out My Voter Page  to verify that you are registered, check your polling location, and get answers to frequently asked questions. For more information on elections and voting, including a sample ballot, visit the research guide at http://georgiasouthern.libguides.com/politicalscience, hover over the ‘elections’ tab, and select the appropriate section for your inquiry.

Absentee ballot due: Received by close of polls on Election Day (Nov. 4th)

 Proposed Constitutional Amendments and State-wide Referendum Question

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/
Email: http://sos.georgia.gov/cgi-bin/emailElections.asp
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if youhave voting-related questions.  They’ll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines.

For questions, please contact:​ Lori Gwinett (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu)

Shared with you by: ​Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor & Government Documents Librarian (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu)

October 30, 2014

Hot Doc: NTIS Expands Free Access to Federal Technical Reports

If you haven’t been following the story, the Department of Commerce National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is now offering the American public free public access to a searchable online database of approximately three million federal science and technology reports through their National Technical Reports Library (NTRL). Of the 3 million documents in the NTRL, approximately 800,000 can be downloaded immediately in PDF format without charge. Users coming from outside the U.S. must subscribe to the NTRL using one of their premium subscription options in order to download PDF reports.
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September 12, 2014

Constitution Day Celebrations at GSU

hot docA Conversation with the Mayor
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
1-2:30 p.m. 
 
Constitution Day will be celebrated September 17th at Georgia Southern University with 3 main events this year.The first event is sponsored by Henderson Library, the Dean of Students Office, Student Government Association, Financial Aid and Student Media. It will take place in the Williams Center Multipurpose Room from 1-2:30 p.m. SGA President, Azell Francis, will speak with Statesboro Mayor, Jan Moore, about the importance of registering to vote, getting educated on current local election topics, and participation in the election and governing process of your locale. Come find out why you should and how you can get involved locally!  Free pizza will be provided by SGA.
Student Engagement and Constitutional Amendments

Carroll Building Lobby

2:30-3:45
Immediately following the Conversation with the Mayor, join Dr. Michael Van Wagenen’s Public History students for a discussion of various amendments they have researched for this purpose in the Carroll Building Lobby. These conversations, supported by posters made by the students, will take place from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Stop in and support these students in their service learning endeavor, and find out more about your Constitutional rights! Posters will be available for viewing until 8:45 Wednesday.
How Does the Constitution Impact You and Politics?
Carroll Building, 2227
6-8 p.m.
 
The Georgia Southern Political Science Department is sponsoring an event from 6-8 p.m. in Carroll Building, 2227 on September 17th in which several speakers, including a local attorney, Mr. Matthew K. Hube of Hube Law Firm, and Georgia Southern POLS faculty Dr. Joshua Kennedy and Dr. Michael Romano will discuss:
  • The intent and reality of the Presidency
  • The Constitution and the Congress/the Courts
  • How Civil Rights/Liberties impact you, presented by
There will also be a short film with Sandra Day O’Connor called Fair and Free during this event.
We hope you will join us for these events in celebration of this day to celebrate our Constitutional Rights.
 Shared with you by Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian  (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu; 912-478-5032)
 

July 1, 2014

Hot Doc: 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS ACT AVAILABLE ON FDSYS

icon_federal2With the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making the official, digital version of the law available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964, prohibited segregation and discrimination in schools, public places and activities, and employment practices. GPO employees produced the original document 50 years ago. Today, GPO serves as the digital information platform for the Federal Government, making information available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO continues to add historical content like the Civil Rights Act and Warren Commission Report to FDsys.

“GPO’s efforts to digitize historical content are strengthening the link between the American people and their Government by giving the public digital access to both historical and current information,” said Davita Vance-Cooks. “FDsys is a vital component to GPO and the agency’s mission of Keeping America Informed.”

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor & Government Documents Librarian

June 30, 2014

Hot Doc: Congress.gov is now better than before!

icon_federal2Congress.gov was updated recently with many new and exciting enhancements: nomination information, accounts, the ability to save searches, an expanded About section, an FAQ section, easy access to Member remarks in the Congressional Record, and more. To read about the changes, see the recent post on In Custodia Legis at http://blogs.loc.gov/law/2014/06/nominations-accounts-saved-searches-congress-gov-continues-to-grow/.

Shared with you by:  your Government Documents Librarian, Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor

April 9, 2014

Pres. Keel in Congress! Read and Learn More Through the Library’s ProQuest Congressional Database

As you probably know by now, President Brooks Keel, 12th President of Georgia Southern University, testified at the fourteenth congressional hearing before the Committee on Education and Workforce in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Washington D.C. on April 2nd. The hearing on “College Affordability” was presided over by Rep. John Kline (MN-2nd District)and discussed changes and the “future” of higher education in the United States. Keel’s testimony lauded Georgia Southern’s significant workforce-grant university model in improving economic prosperity. You can read more about Pres. Keel’s testimony and learn more about the hearing through Henderson Library’s ProQuest Congressional database. ProQuest Congressional “provides daily updated information, including full text of bills starting in 1989, public laws starting in 1988, committee reports starting in 1990, House and Senate documents starting in 1995, Congressional Record starting in 1985, Federal Register starting in 1980, National Journal starting in 1977 and other government information.”

Henderson Library added the U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection to the ProQuest Congressional platform this week, making available House and Senate materials back to 1789. Included in the set are wonderful maps from the original Serial Set, and the new database also makes legislative histories easier than ever. If you haven’t yet tried ProQuest Congressional, give it a try for your next research project, or just for fun!

To get to ProQuest Congressional database, click HERE!

To read the transcript to Pres. Keel’s Testimony, click HERE!

For information on how to use ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

For information on how to use U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection within ProQuest Congressional, click HERE!

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor/Government Documents Librarian (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu; 912-478-5032), and Paolo Guijilde, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Collection Development.

 

New Database: ProQuest U.S. Serial Set

We are pleased to announce that the ProQuest U.S. Serial Set is now available via GALILEO.  Funded by Henderson Library, this collection includes Congressional documents published from 1789 to 1969.  The U.S. Serial Set can be accessed by searching the ProQuest Congressional database available here or via GALILEO.

February 10, 2014

Hot Doc: Congress App for Your Smartphone

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hot docAlthough this app is not created by an agency of the government, it provides easier mobile accessibility to Congressional information!
The Sunlight Foundation has a great app to make Congress accessible for you on the go. It is available for iOS at http://congress.sunlightfoundation.com/ios and for Android at http://congress.sunlightfoundation.com/android.
The Android version is divided into these sections:
*         People (Representatives and Senators)
*         Bills
*         Votes
*         The Floor
*         Hearings
*         CommitteesBecause of the way that Congress itself chooses to disseminate information the public, bill information and vote information can be delayed. Although it is much easier to have the latest Congressional votes at your fingertips instead of digging to find them.

The People section makes it easy to add a Congressional delegation to a tracking list. For each Member of Congress you can do the following:
*         Call their office
*         Visit their website
*         View their voting record
*         See their sponsored bills
*         View committees they are a part of
*         See news from across the internet mentioning your member of Congress.

Shared with you by:  Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu; 912-478-5032)
 

January 24, 2014

Hot Docs: Tax Season 2014

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IRS tax forms are hot off the press and available in the library! The library continues to provide paper tax forms this year, but keep in mind that according to the IRS, it is faster to file online, and to set up direct deposit for refunds.

Tax season officially begins January 31, 2014, but IRS will not send instruction booklets until mid to late February. IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ, along with most schedules and common supplementary forms are available in print, in the area between the Access Services Desk and the Information Desk. All available federal forms and instructions may be found at: http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs . The IRS provides helpful videos, new tax guides, excellent information on free filing, and links to healthcare insurance resources on their page at IRS.gov.

Georgia Tax Forms

The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) is no longer providing print forms or booklets to libraries due to shrinking numbers of Georgia residents filing print forms and the exorbitant cost of distribution. Last year, according to the DOR Taxpayer Services Division, only 70,000 Georgia tax forms were filed by mail. The large majority of 2012 taxes were filed electronically. By discontinuing the library program, the DOR was able to save $3 million in postage, not to mention savings realized by printing less print forms.

This does not mean you cannot fill out your taxes by hand and mail them in this year. You may request your own print form by emailing taxforms@dor.ga.gov or calling 1-877-423-6711, Option 2, then Option 6. Alternately, if you need a print form for filing Georgia taxes, you can get one at the Access Services Desk. The library will print a copy from the DOR website.

If you need a copy of the Georgia booklet with instructions for filing, those are available at the Access Services Desk for $1, or you can print them yourself from https://etax.dor.ga.gov/. For best results, use Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer to print materials from the DOR website, and use the green print button for printing a blank copy of the form. Alternately, you can read the directions at the website above to file your taxes, without printing the whole booklet. Most people only need the tax tables within the instructions for filing.

If you would like more information about tax forms and publications, contact Lori Gwinett at lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu or Virginia Thomas in the Government Documents Department at 478-5117.

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