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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

Filed under: Government Documents,Resources and Services @ 10:44 am and
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

fdlp_eagleIRS Tax Forms

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.

November 7, 2013

HOT DOC: First Audio Book Available on GPO’s Federal Digital System

Getting to Know the President: Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004

 The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made an audio book available for the first time on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). Published by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the audio book, Getting to Know the President: Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004, is a historical account of the information sharing process between the intelligence community and presidential candidates and presidents-elect during campaigns and administration transitions. The audio book is available in an .mp3 format on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. The print version of the book is also available through GPO’s bookstore.

“This audio book is another milestone for GPO in carrying out our mission of Keeping America Informed,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “New and compelling titles are constantly added to FDsys and this audio book is the latest example of how GPO is making Government information available in different formats to the public.”

Shared with you by: Lori Gwinett, Government Documents Librarian from the Federal Depository Library Program listserv

October 3, 2013

HOT DOC: Government Shutdown Impacts Research

  The government shutdown continues to impact research capabilities, among other things. In addition to Census websites, the Library of Congress has the following notice on their page: “Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”

ERIC Documents are among the resources affected.  If you try to access full-text articles using ERIC@Ebscohost that links to eric.ed.gov, you will get an error message after a quick screen flash that says “Due to the lapse in funding, ERIC documents are not available until further notice…” You will need to request ILL for these materials until the shutdown is over. Ask a librarian at 478-5032 for assistance if needed.

Environmental Protection Agency: The easiest way to tell if an agency’s website is impacted (and whether it is down completely, or simply not being updated) is to try to access it, such as “epa.gov“. When you arrive at most agency websites, however, you will see a notice like this one at the EPA: “The federal government is currently shut down. The EPA website and social media channels will not be updated until the federal government reopens.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is another site that is available but not updated: “This website is currently not being updated due to the suspension of Federal government services. The last update to the site was Monday, September 30. During the shutdown period BLS will not collect data, issue reports, or respond to public inquiries. Updates to the site will start again when the Federal government resumes operations. Revised schedules will be issued as they become available.”

New print materials are also not being sent to depository libraries, as the Government Printing Office is also operating on the “essential personnel only” model. “GPO will not be updating gpo.gov, FDLP.gov, the Catalog of Government Publications, Ben’s Guide, or be responding to askGPO questions until funding is restored.” However, “Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that protect life and property. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated and will resume after funding is restored.”

This is far from a cumulative list. It is meant only to alert you to what you can expect when trying to access data you generally have free and up-to-date access to. You can get more cumulative & updated data at www.opm.gov .

For questions on accessing government information during the shutdown, contact:  Lori Gwinett, Associate Professor and Government Documents Librarian (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu; 912-478-5032 Office; 912-478-5645 Information Desk)

October 2, 2013

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Searching ERIC database during Government Shutdown

ERIC Documents Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

The Problem: I have searched ERIC@EBSCOHost via GALILEO or the Discover Service but I  click the link to access a full text article only to receive an error message.

Question1: In the citation, did  the link to the full text article display as http://eric.ed.gov and it has an ED######? If so, you are not able to access your desired item at this time. Do not worry because there may be a solution.

Question2: In the citation, did  the link to the full text article display as http://eric.ed.gov and it says the item is an ERIC Journal? If so, you may be able to search the E-Journals listing or the library catalog on the library’s web page to determine if the item is available full text in another database other than ERIC.

The Reason: ED###### are made available from the eric.ed.gov server which is hosted by the federal government then passed to other databases like ERIC@EBSCOHost. Due to a lapse of appropriations and the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, the systems that host eric.ed.gov were shut down. Access to ED###### has been temporarily discontinued. The services will be restored as soon as a continuing resolution to provide funding has been enacted. In the meantime …

The Solution: You will need to submit an Interlibrary Loan request via ILLIAD. When filling out the request form be sure to include wording in the comment section that explains the ED###### is not available at this time due to the federal government shut down. The ILL staff will determine if the item is available from another institution then let you know if they can obtain a copy for you.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may pose to your research process. Please do not wait until the last minute to locate the necessary items if time is of the essence. If you have any questions about or need alternative research strategies then please contact me – your library liaison for the College of Education – sgaither@georgiasouthern.edu or  (912) 478-7820 .

September 13, 2013

Constitution Day – The Right to Privacy in the 21st Century

You are invited to the Constitution Day program! The theme this year is privacy versus security, and titled the Right to Privacy in the 21st Century. Please join us for a timely discussion on this issue, beginning with an introduction of privacy in the Constitution by Dr. Jonathan Bryant.
Dr. Richard Pacelle will speak on the Right to Privacy in the 21st Century for Constitution Day this MONDAY, September 16th at 6 pm in Russell Union Ballroom A. 
Dr. Michael Van Wagenen’s public history students will provide posters on the first 10 amendments. If you aren’t able to attend Monday evening, but are interested in Constitution Day, these posters will also be available in the Russell Union Commons Area on the actual Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17th from 9:30-10:45.
More information on this event, the Constitution, and past Constitution Day events can be found here: http://georgiasouthern.libguides.com/usconstitution2013
SGA is providing FREE PIZZA, and Congressman John Barrow will provid pocket guides to the Constitution for each attendee.
Admission is free and open to the public.

August 29, 2013

Hot Doc: ERIC – Education Resources Information Center – Coming Back Better!

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center – Coming Back Better!

For the last few years, much of the research scholars have relied on in previous years was basically unavailable through ERIC, at least without time-consuming requests for specific documents. From August through October 2013, users will notice ongoing changes and improvements to the ERIC website, including a new ERIC logo. Initially, the new website will simply have the ERIC search function, which will continue to work in the way that the ERIC search function has worked in the past. Additional features and content will be added on an ongoing basis through October.

Other short term changes

Delay in indexing: As ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle (see below), there will be a delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August through October. In October, the ERIC team will index any key material not indexed during the transition period.

Delay in releasing full text PDFs:  Currently, the full text of all peer-reviewed articles and of all articles published after 2005 is released, as are the articles released through the scanning process. We are continuing to scan user-requested PDFs during this transition, but the mechanism to release the cleared PDFs will not go live until this fall. Starting in October, a large batch of PDFs will be released at once, and then additional PDFs will be released on a weekly basis, in order of user request.

Delay in requesting a PDF and submitting documents: While we transition to a new website, users will not be able to request that PDFs be restored or submit documents for inclusion in ERIC. We will work to restore these features as soon as possible, by September at the latest. However, during this period, the PDF restoration process will continue behind the scenes.

Transition to a New ERIC Contract Cycle: Starting this month, ERIC will begin a new contract cycle with some exciting long term changes that users will see over the next few years.

Long term changes

New Topic Oriented Section of the Website: In early 2015, ERIC will release a brand new section of the ERIC website that allows users to browse ERIC’s content by topic area. There will be 15 topics with between 5-10 subtopics for each topic. Each topic and subtopic will have its own webpage with a factual topic summary that is similar to the former ERIC digests in structure, but with greater detail and written on broader topics. These will be written by leading subject matter experts in the field. There will also be links to relevant ERIC documents, thesaurus terms, and information for each topic and subtopic.

New Selection Policy: In the next few months, the ERIC team will work with an advisory group of librarians and subject matter experts to recommend changes to the selection policy. The goal will be to ensure that ERIC continues to index relevant education literature. After the new selection policy is approved, it will be posted on the eric.ed.gov website. Shortly thereafter, this committee will revise the list of sources that ERIC indexes to make sure that the sources included are aligned with the selection policy and are the best use of taxpayer dollars.

For questions, contact Lori Gwinett or Sonya Shepherd

August 16, 2013

Hot Doc: U-2, Area 51, the CIA, and Lockheed

Welcome to fall semester at Georgia Southern! As a depository library, the library provides you with a wealth of government information to help with your research, help you become or remain an informed citizen, or satisfy your curiosity. We have a large federal government and the topics covered by government documents may surprise you.  You may find the recently released report of interest.

The Secret History of the U-2

  • US Spy Planes Targeted China to Help India; Used British Crews to “Confuse the Soviets” and Overflew French Nuclear Sites
  • Groom Lake/Area 51 Finally Declassified
  • Less Redacted CIA History Released Under FOIA
  • National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 434

Posted – August 15, 2013
Edited by Jeffrey T. Richelson
The National Security Archive at Georgetown Univ. submitted a FOIA request related to the U-2.  Titled “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974″  - per the Archive - “it was published in classified channels in 1992.  Subsequently, a heavily redacted version of the U-2 portion was published in 1998 by the agency’s Center for the Study of Intelligence as a book, The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974″.

Yesterday, the Archive released the report – at: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB434/ - almost 400 pages.

In the summary, the Archive noted that the CIA wrote a check for $ 1.25 million (from “unvouchered” funds) to Lockheed for the U-2, because the company was short on cash, and needed the money “to keep the work going”. The check was mailed to a Lockheed engineer’s house.

And, for the first time, we can see a map of Area 51.  From the summary, you can see “p.58″ written in the upper right corner. If you click on “p58″, you see commentary – noting that indeed, that is the infamous map page. To see it in pdf, click on Chapter 2 – it’s p. 20 of the pdf.  It takes awhile to load.

For assistance with this and other government documents, contact Lori Gwinett (lgwinett@georgiasouthern.edu).

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