Note: Below is the entry that should have appeared last Saturday. My apologies for the delay.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently identified Improving the US Image Abroad as one of 13 urgent issues facing the next President and Congress. Today on Guide of the Week, we’ll talk about some librarian produced guides from the ALA GODORT Exchange Wiki that can help inform citizens, Congress and President-Elect Obama on this issue.
There appear to be two librarian-produced guides that look helpful in this area:
- Government Publications on Islam (University of Colorado at Boulder Government Publications Library, 2008)
- Public Opinion Sources (Univ. of California–Berkeley, 1999) Last updated 5/9/2006
The Islam guide provides a few links to efforts in American “public diplomacy” as well as hearings and studies about current thinking and opinion in Islamic countries. UC Berkeley’s guide on public opinion sources provides information on current and past public opinion trends at home and abroad. It has a mix of print and electronic resources.
Next time I’ll be dealing with librarian produced guides relating to “finalizing plans for the 2010 Census.”
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